Blockchain Technology Laboratory


Information about our current research projects.

FENTEC: Functional Encryption Technologies
January 2018 - February 2021

The primary objective is the efficient and application-oriented development of functional encryption systems.  FENTEC’s team of cryptographers, software and hardware experts and information technology industry partners will document functional encryption needs of specific applications and subsequently design, develop, implement and demonstrate applied use of functional cryptography.

PRIViLEDGE: Privacy in Distributed Ledgers
January 2018 - June 2021
The goal of the proposed project is to develop cryptographic technologies for the protection of privacy in systems based on distributed ledgers. In more detail, the project targets development of cryptographic technologies for the following use cases:  - secure e-voting - distributed ledger for insurance - university diploma ledger - Cardano stake-based ledger.

Ox-Chain: Towards secure and trustworthy circular economies through distributed ledger technologies

(Led by ECA)

September 2016 - May 2020
The Ox-Chain project responds to specific challenges identified by global consultants McKinsey & Company for the UK based charity Oxfam that highlights how much value is lost within the existing business model, which currently sends between 70-80% of its received second hand clothes to a recycling centre. The research team propose that by using distributed ledger technology, such as the Blockchain that supports the Bitcoin digital currency, a different business model can be developed that involves the donors, the shoppers.

Related links

FENTEC website

PRIViLEDGE website

Ox-Chain (EPSRC) website