Research Facilities

We have some of the best Research Facilities, Laboratories and Resources in the world. Find out more about how the School of Engineering can help you with your Research, whether that be for study or business.

  • Bring your ideas to life at the Engineering Makerspace on the King’s Buildings campus.

    The Engineering Makerspace is a dedicated workspace where students can design, build and test their own engineering models and inventions. Co-run by the School of Engineering and Edinburgh Innovations, it is home to a community of student inventors, from first years to PhD students.

  • The Structures Test Hall is our high-headroom lab for testing medium to large structural assemblies.

    The strong floor and reaction frame systems give great versatility in the types of test that we can carry out, and we have a state of the art Instron actuator system for applying two independent loads under precise computer control.

    A servo-hydraulic two-actuator, bi-axial system. Used on the Structures Lab strong floor.
  • The Bioimaging Facility at Edinburgh University offers both multiphoton imaging and spectral characterisation for a wide range of samples from both biological and material sciences. This service is available to staff, students and external users.

    Cancer Biopsy Stain Microscopy image
  • The University of Edinburgh Curved Wave Tank is a multidirectional wave facility, which is capable of producing digitally controlled pseudo random waves with definable spectral and directional statistics. It is equipped with force feedback absorbing wavemakers, which enhance the accuracy of marine environmental conditions through the minimisation of standing waves.

    University of Edinburgh Curved Wave Tank photographed from the control desk looking down onto the water tank and waves
  • The Atomic Force Microscopy Facility at the University of Edinburgh houses a Bruker JPK NanoWizard 4XP and JPK CellHesion 200 AFM for the structural, mechanical and surface characterisation of samples across a range of environmental conditions.

    This facility is available to all researchers across the university as well as external users from other universities and industry.

    JPK NanoWizard 4XP
  • Centred in Edinburgh, the SuperLab provides an open & holistic environment where human meets technology, design & engineering across robotics.

  • The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) leads and coordinates a programme of underpinning research on all aspects of CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) in support of basic science and UK government efforts on energy and climate change.

    UKCCSRC logo


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