The Industrial Minerals and Metals Research Institute (IMMRI) hosts leading experts in the metallurgical engineering industry. The institute is funded by industrial partners to do contract research within the academic environment. The strong industrial focus, project-based approach provides leading research in especially the field of physical metallurgy, but the portfolio of the institute does include work in other fields as well.
Substantial funding from industrial partners, along with specialist equipment facilitates strong ties with the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering (and other departments within the university), developing a strong support system for research projects on under- and postgraduate level. The quality of research as well as contract-based project is of an international standard, with a number peer-reviewed articles published annually.
The institute is well respected by industrial partners and has been in existence for more than 15 years. Subsequently, the institute hosts specialist equipment as well as research staff with years of experience in applying the relevant analytical techniques to their own research, but also to others - both in industry and in the academic environment.
Equipment currently hosted in the institute include: a dilatometer, Gleeble simulator, FTIR, SEM, TEM, G-DOES, XPS, Auger and various advanced microscopes.