The Department of Engineering has played a major part in a £3.1M EPSRC and industry funded UK Centre of Excellence on Intelligent Construction Materials from the recent Ground and Structural Engineering Challenge call. The project Materials for Life (M4L): Biomimetic multi‐scale damage immunity for construction materials, is a partnership between the University of Cardiff (Lead), University of Bath and the University of Cambridge. Dr Abir Al‐Tabbaa (lead), together with Dr Janet Lees and Dr Michelle Oyen from Engineering and Professor Chris Abell from Chemistry form the Cambridge team. This is the first initiative of its kind in the UK and brings together leading UK academics in this field, together with a large number of international research centres, to ensure that the research is at the forefront of the global pursuit for intelligent infrastructure and built environment. The consortium consists of structural, geotechnical and materials engineers together with chemists, biologists and materials scientists.
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