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Reference Number EP/G036675/1
Title Industrial Doctorate Centre: Molecular Modelling & Materials Science
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 storage) 2%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 2%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Production of transport biofuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 2%;
NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 5%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 5%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electric power conversion) 4%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 80%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor IP Parkin
No email address given
Chemistry
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2009
End Date 31 March 2018
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £6,603,454
Industrial Sectors Electronics; Energy; Healthcare; Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Region London
Programme Energy : Physical Sciences
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor IP Parkin , Chemistry, University College London (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr Z Du , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (0.000%)
Project Contact , Accelrys Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Diamond Light Source Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pilkington Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Astra Zeneca (0.000%)
Project Contact , International SEMATECH, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Agilent Technologies UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Plasgene Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Straumann, Switzerland (0.000%)
Project Contact , TeraView Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , SAFC Hitech (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bio Nano Consulting Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Endomagnetics Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , ExxonMobil International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey Catalysts (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Kawneer U K Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Honeywell (0.000%)
Project Contact , Michelson Diagnostics Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Stanmore Implants Worldwide Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , AMR Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , AWE Plc (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The Industrial Doctorate Centre in "Molecular Modelling and Materials Science" (M3S) at University College London (UCL) trains researchers in materials science and simulation of industrially important applications. As structural and physico-chemical processes at the molecular level largely determine the macroscopic properties of any material, quantitative research into this nano-scale behaviour is crucially important to the design and engineering of complex functional materials.The M3SIDC is a highly multi-disciplinary 4-year EngD programme, which works in partnership with a large base of industrial sponsors on a variety of projects ranging from catalysis to thin film technology, electronics, software engineering and bio-physics research. The four main research themes within the Centre are 1) Energy Materials and Catalysis; 2) Information Technology and Software Engineering; 3) Nano-engineering for Smart Materials; and 4) Pharmaceuticals and Bio-medical Engineering. Theseareas of research align perfectly with EPSRC's mission programmes: Energy, the Digital Economy, and Nanoscience through Engineering to Application. In addition, per definition an industrial doctorate centre is important to EPSRC's priority areas of Securing the Future Supply of People and Towards Better Exploitation.Students at the M3S IDC follow a tailor-made taught programme of specialist technical courses, as well as professionally accredited project management courses and transferable skills training, which ensures that whatever their first degree, on completion all students will have obtained thorough technical and managerial schooling as well as a doctoral research degree.The EngD research is industry-led and of comparable high quality and innovation as the more established PhD research degree. However, as the EngD students spend approximately 70% of their time on site with the industrial sponsor, they also gain first hand experience of the demanding research environment of a successful, competitive industry. Industrial partners who have taken up the opportunity during the first phase of the EngD programme to add an EngD researcher to their R&D teams include Johnson Matthey, Pilkington Glass, Exxon Mobil, Silicon Graphics, Accelrys and STS, while new companies are added to the pool of sponsors each year.Materials research in UCL is particularly well developed, with a thriving Centre for Materials Research and a newly established Materials Chemistry Centre. In addition, the Bloomsbury campus has perhaps the largest concentration of computational materials scientists in the UK, if not the world. Although affiliated to different UCL departments, all computational materials researchers are members of the UCL Materials Simulation Laboratory, which is active in advancing the development of common computational methodologies and encouraging collaborative research between the members. As such, UCL has a large team of well over a hundred research-active academic staff available to supervise research projects, ensuring that all industrial partners will be able to team up with an academic in a relevant research field to form the supervisory team to work with the EngD student.The success of the existing M3S Industrial Doctorate Centre and the obvious potential to widen its research remit and industrial partnerships into new, topical materials science areas, which are at the heart of EPSRC's strategic funding priorities for the near future, has led to this proposal for the funding of 5 annual cohorts of ten EngD students in the new phase of the Centre from 2009
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