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Reference Number EP/V001914/1
Title Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering
Status Started
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 90%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr RJ Curry
No email address given
Electronic Engineering
University of Surrey
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2021
End Date 30 June 2026
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £7,671,801
Industrial Sectors Electronics; Information Technologies
Region South East
Programme NC : ICT, NC : Infrastructure, NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr RJ Curry , Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Professor EH Linfield , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr JR Freeman , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor N (Neil ) Alford , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr CM Gourlay , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr SJ Haigh , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr I Crowe , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr JL Boland , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr JD Breeze , Physics and Astronomy, University College London (0.001%)
Dr S Sasaki , Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor B Hickey , Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , QinetiQ Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , BAE Systems (Operations) Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Australian National University, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ericsson, Sweden (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oxford Instruments plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Melbourne, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ionoptika Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Toronto, Canada (0.000%)
Project Contact , Element Six Ltd (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Henry Royce Institute (0.000%)
Project Contact , Compound Semiconductor Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , École normale supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Seagate Technologies (0.000%)
Project Contact , Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH (0.000%)
Project Contact , DNA Electronics (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hitachi High-Technologies Europe GmbH (0.000%)
Project Contact , Keysight Technologies (International) (0.000%)
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Abstract Development of materials has underpinned human and societal development for millennia, and such development has accelerated as time has passed. From the discovery of bronze through to wrought iron and then steel and polymers the visible world around has been shaped and built, relying on the intrinsic properties of these materials. In the 20th century a new materials revolution took place leading to the development of materials that are designed for their electronic (e.g. silicon), optical (e.g. glass fibres) or magnetic (e.g. recording media) properties. These materials changed the way we interact with the world and each other through the development of microelectronics (computers), the world wide web (optical fibre communications) and associated technologies.Now, two decades into the 21st century, we need to add more functionality into materials at ever smaller length-scales in order to develop ever more capable technologies with increased energy efficiency and at an acceptable manufacturing cost. In pursuing this ambition, we now find ourselves at the limit of current materials-processing technologies with an often complex interdependence of materials properties (e.g. thermal and electronic). As we approach length scales below 100s of nanometres, we have to harness quantum effects to address the need for devices with a step-change in performance and energy-efficiency, and ultimately for some cases the fundamental limitations of quantum mechanics.In this programme grant we will develop a new approach to delivering material functionalisation based on Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering (NAME). This approach will enable the modification of materials through the addition (doping) of single atoms through to many trillions with extreme accuracy (~20 nanometres, less than 1000th the thickness of a human hair). This will allow us to functionalise specifically a material in a highly localised location leaving the remaining material available for modification. For the first time this will offer a new approach to addressing the limitations faced by existing approaches in technology development at these small length scales. We will be able to change independently a material's electronic and thermal properties on the nanoscale, and use the precise doping to deliver enhanced optical functionality in engineered materials. Ambitiously, we aim to use NAME to control material properties which have to date proven difficult to exploit fully (e.g. quantum mechanical spin), and to control states of systems predicted but not yet directly experimentally observed or controlled (e.g. topological surface states). Ultimately, we may provide a viable route to the development of quantum bits (qubits) in materials which are a pre-requisite for the realisation of a quantum computer. Such a technology, albeit long term, is predicted to be the next great technological revolution NAME is a collaborative programme between internationally leading UK researchers fromthe Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Imperial College London, who together lead the Henry Royce Institute research theme identified as 'Atoms to Devices'. Together they have already established the required substantial infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities through investment from Royce, the EPSRC and each University partner. The programme grant will provide the resource to assemble the wider team required to deliver the NAME vision, including UK academics, research fellows, and postdoctoral researchers, supported by PhD students funded by the Universities. The programme grant also has significant support from wider academia and industry based both within the UK and internationally
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Added to Database 29/11/21