UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
- Centre for materials Discovery (CMD)
The Centre for Materials Discovery (CMD) has established a core capability in High Throughput (HT) techniques and instrumentation to enable the discovery of innovative materials for high value applications.
Working with collaborators from the University of Liverpool, other institutions and commercial organisations, they deliver accelerated synthesis, formulation and characterisation programs across a variety of application areas and industries.
CMD is engaged in various areas of materials research, with particular focus on energy-related applications, polymers, porous materials, and nanomaterials. However, the broad base of synthesis, formulation and characterization instrumentation is of general applicability, and projects fields as diverse as catalysts, lubricants, home and personal care, biomedical devices and inorganic coatings are also served.
The University of Liverpool and Unilever have been awarded £2.83million from the Regional Growth Fund to establish a microbiorefinery research facility and develop novel functional materials from non-petrochemical feedstocks.
The project aims to promote environmentally sustainable operations and presents the University with a unique opportunity to extend its Centre for Materials Discovery (CMD) to include high-throughput biorefining, creating a unique facility in the UK.
Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy
The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy is dedicated to exploring the future of renewable, clean and sustainable energy technologies.
We connect research strengths, technologies and experts from a broad mix of disciplines from across the University, including Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Biology.
Proud of our Liverpool roots, we work closely within our local community to research sustainable energy issues. However, we also forge vital relationships with academic networks, research centres and industry, enabling us to tap into a unique pool of expertise, essential to developing truly innovative solutions that meet the world’s future energy demands.
In addition to our research programme, we allow PhD students and postgraduates to work on energy-related projects and technologies providing them with relevant skills and knowledge to meet the UK and global demand for graduates in this emerging job market.
- Centre for Materials and Structures
Short presentation on the Atomic Layer Deposition capabilities within Liverpool
The Centre for Materials & Structures exists to meet the global demand for cost effective, sustainable materials and structures in industries such as transport, medicine, energy production and the built environment.
We are internationally known in many fields of research and technology, including microscopy, manufacturing process design, biomedical materials and functional materials.
Discovering novel materials and structures
Our research and development programme involves prestigious external partners and benefits from a recent £8m investment in facilities for materials characterisation, synthesis and processing.
We have a sizeable and expanding group of research specialists. Here are some of our key themes:
- Nanostructured functional materials
- structural materials and mechanics for optimum structural design
- explosion resistance and impact loading
- materials degradation at high temperatures
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
The University of Bristol has wide ranging expertise in materials chemistry, supported by outstanding and, in many cases unique, equipment and infrastructure. Specific areas of focus are:
- Advanced composite materials
Activities are led by the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/composites/), which brings together expertise across the University of Bristol. Specific areas of interest for materials chemistry in this area are structural materials with added functionality, e.g. for sensing, or self-repair, and new material architectures incorporating novel fibres, matrices and nanomaterials. The long-standing links between the School of Chemistry and Engineering, and our close association with the National Composites Centre (NCC) (http://nccuk.com) in Bristol, allows pull-through of new materials from design to application.
- Materials for Energy
This is a broad theme which covers many topical areas of research, including materials for electrochemical solar energy conversion and storage, hydrogen storage materials, new catalysts for methane, bioalcohol and carbon dioxide conversion, and fundamental research into materials of interest to the nuclear industry (led out of the Interface Analysis Centre and South West Nuclear Hub) (http://www.southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk).
- Soft matter and colloids
This has long been an area of expertise within the School of Chemistry, and we continue to have interests in both the fundamental and applied aspects of these materials.
PhD level training in materials chemistry research is particularly vibrant at Bristol, facilitated by several relevant EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/courses/postgraduate/cdt.html ), which provide flagship national research, training and collaboration opportunities in Chemical Synthesis, Advanced Composites, Functional Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Diamond Science and Technology, and Theory and Modeling.
Materials chemistry research is facilitated by outstanding infrastructure and equipment. This ranges from:
- Core capabilities in, for example, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and microscopy (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/facilities/ );
- A wide range of advanced materials science analysis techniques available through Bristol’s Interface Analysis Centre (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/iac/analysis/ );
- Nationally and internationally unique capabilities in new techniques, for example, the UK’s only laboratory-based nanoESCA (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2015/october/nano-esca-system.html).
UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON
- Institute for Materials Research & Innovation (IMRI)
IMRI is a multi-disciplinary centre designed to cultivate research and innovation activities in collaboration with industry and other academic institutions.
The institute leads the UK and is internationally known for its strong applied materials science and engineering applications through the development of new, designer and novel smart and multifunctional materials (fibers, fabrics, films, foams and particles) at nano and micro levels, as well as associated processing technologies that strive to contribute to futuristic solutions and new horizons within the global marketplace
- Institute for Renewable Energy & Environmental Technologies
The Institute for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies (IREET) is a multi-disciplinary research centre focusing on world class innovative research in collaboration with industry and leading academic institutions, aiming at advanced and sustainable technological solutions for renewable energy generation and clean/hygienic environment.
The research activities of IREET cover various renewable energy systems, novel materials with designer formulation and functionalities (with particular interest in nano-materials and functional thin films), and applied technologies for innovative industrial exploitation.
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
The materials chemistry expertise at the University of Manchester is extensive with particular strengths in:
- The design, synthesis and characterisation of novel monomers oligomers and polymers
- Novel organic semiconductors and dielectrics for use in printed electronics
- Functional materials for use in sensors
- Porous materials including polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) and nanoporous inorganic materials
- Nanoscale materials
- Structured carbons including graphene, graphene oxide and nanotubes
- Surfactants, emulsions and colloids
- Biomaterials based on polymers and peptides
- Inkjet printing of a wide range of functional materials
- Crystallisation of functional materials
Within the School of Chemistry there are two centres devoted to specific aspects of materials chemistry. They are the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) and the Centre for Nanoporous Materials (CNM).
A venture by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and IBM allows the chemistry-using industries to solve business challenges through leveraging High Performance Computing (HPC), visualisation and ‘big data’ technology platforms to model, simulate and predict which high fidelity and speed.
- Sharper innovation and improved global competitiveness
- Lower research and development costs
- Shorter time to market
Materials Science & Computational Chemistry
Model, simulate and predict the structure of materials in order to develop new materials which can result in new technologies, for example
- Formulate products using mesoscale modelling and design technologies for property prediction and control
- Catalyst technology modelled at the atomistic scale for optimised fuel cell performance
- Packaging material innovations for greener products
- Oil extraction process enhanced through multi-scale modelling of complex fluids
- Innovations in nanoelectronics through a deeper understanding of atomistic behaviour at material interfaces
Outcome focused projects
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Software & Algorithms
New software applications for HPC or Big Data
Optimisation of existing codes for new platforms / architectures
Training & Skills
Logical course curriculum to broaden and deepen adoption and application of Modeling & Simulation
Platform as a Service
Timeshare use of Hartree assets
Predominantly self service
Primary cost element is machine asset time
May or may not include Hartree owned software assets
May include some separately costed Hartree staff effort
Primary focus sectors include:
Materials & Chemistry