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Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/P024947/1
Title Sir Henry Royce Institute - Cambridge Equipment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Other) 20%;
Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 30%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 20%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 30%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor Sir R Friend
No email address given
University of Cambridge
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2016
End Date 31 March 2019
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £10,000,000
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Manufacturing; R&D
Region East of England
Programme Sir Henry Royce Institute
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor Sir R Friend , Physics, University of Cambridge (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor MA Parker , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Web Site https://www.royce.ac.uk/partners/university-of-cambridge/

As a national institute, The Sir Henry Royce Institute (SHRI) for Advanced Materials, will provide the missing 'link' in the UK innovation chain allowing the iterative design of advanced materials for various applications, at speed and reasonable cost, providing a critical component to delivering on the government's economic strategy. The Institute will reduce the time-scales to translate discoveries to applications, provide strategic leadership together with training and career development in areas of particular need. The aim is to establish the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials as an 'An international flagship for the accelerated discovery and development of new materials systems for the economic and societal benefit of the UK.'. The SHRI will cover the invention and manufacture of Soft Materials; Functional Materials; Structural Engineering Materials and Energy Materials along with the necessary facilities to test and characterise them within a framework that emphasises the sustainable use of materials. Initially there will be 9 core material areas led by founding partners.

  • Chemical materials discovery
  • Biomedical materials and devices
  • Materials for energy efficient ICT
  • Atoms to devices
  • 2D Materials systems
  • Advanced Metals Processing
  • Materials systems for demanding environments
  • Energy Storage
  • Nuclear materials

The Cambridge spoke of the Sir Henry Royce Institute is based at the Maxwell Centre at the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Sir Henry Royce Institute activity will focus on Materials for Energy Efficient ICT, which has three overarching themes:

  1. Energy Generation with a focus on new materials and devices that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.
  2. Energy Storage with a focus on significant improvements in the energy density, longevity, cost and compatibility of the various energy storage technologies required to power the next generation of ICT devices.
  3. Energy Efficient Use with a focus on radical approaches to reduce power consumption in processing and memory, towards the theoretical limits that are many orders of magnitude below current silicon-based technology (and are approached in biological systems).
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Added to Database 12/02/19