The CAMT conducts both fundamental studies, aiming at new discoveries, and applied research, focusing on the direct solutions to industrial problems.

Biomaterials and functionally graded materials

New research activities initiated to develop fibre-polymer functionally graded materials and hydroxyapatite biomimetic coatings, ceramic matrix nanocomposites and metal-ceramic functionally graded materials for the Aerospace industry and Biomaterials industry.

Composites science and technology

Include structure-property relationships, manufacturing techniques for thermoplastic composites, thermoforming, interface characterisation and durability analysis.


A new class of engineering materials consisting of nano-meter scale particles or fillers. The current research focuses on processing and characterisation of structure-property relationship of several typical polymer-based, metal-based and ceramic-based nano-composites to understand the deformation and failure mechanisms.

Nanomechanics and Nanotribology

With the rapid development in applications of high-density information storage devices, micro-electro-mechanical systems, biomedical devices and wireless and fibre optic communication systems, nanomechanics and nanotribology have become increasingly important. The current research activities are on the mechanical analysis of nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, mechanisms nanowear and the effect of nano-cracks and shear bands.

Smart materials and structures

Effort has been made to build "smart" structures using active materials such as shape memory alloys/polymers, piezoelectric ceramics and polymers, and magnetostrictive composites. The research includes development and characterisation of novel active materials with improved performance, development of active structures with surface mounted/embedded sensors/actuators for vibration and damping control and on-line health monitoring or non-destructive evaluation.

Theoretical and applied fracture mechanics

Covers interface fracture of fibre/matrix system, damage of polymer alloys and blends, microstructure-toughness relationships of polymers, constitutive modelling, micro-damage and micro-crack propagation, failure mechanisms of piezoelectric materials, fatigue, effects of crack tip constraint and mismatch of adhesive joint's geometry.