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Reference Number EP/L015862/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science
Status Started
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 storage) 5%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 5%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 5%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 5%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Energy storage) 5%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 30%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 30%;
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 April 2014
End Date 30 September 2022
Duration 102 months
Total Grant Value £3,859,112
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy
Region London
Programme NC : 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 , Accelrys Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Diamond Light Source Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , International SEMATECH, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Corin Medical Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Infineum UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Air Fuel Synthesis Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cella Energy Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , AWE Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , SABMiller plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Electrospinning Company (0.000%)
Project Contact , TWI Technology Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Daresbury Science and Innovation SIC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Finden Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Infineon Technologies AG, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Genotype2Phenotype Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Glantreo Ltd, Ireland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore (0.000%)
Project Contact , AGC - Asahi Glass Company, Japan (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Biocompatibles UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Silicon Storage Technology, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , NSG Group (UK) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Materials Design, Inc., USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation), Saudi Arabia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The Centre for Doctoral Training in "Molecular Modelling and Materials Science" (M3S CDT) at University College London (UCL) will deliver to its students a comprehensive and integrated training programme in computational and experimentalmaterials science to produce skilled researchers with experience and appreciation 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 M3S CDT offers a highly multi-disciplinary 4-year doctoral programme, which works in partnership with a large base of industrial and external sponsors on a variety of projects. The four main research themes within the Centre are 1) Energy Materials; 2) Catalysis; 3) Healthcare Materials; and 4) 'Smart' Nano-Materials, which will be underpinned by an extensive training and research programme in (i) Software Development together with the Hartree Centre, Daresbury, and (ii) Materials Characterisation techniques, employing Central Facilities in partnership with ISIS and Diamond.Students at the M3S CDT follow a tailor-made taught programme of specialist technical courses, professionally accredited project management courses and generic skills training, which ensures that whatever their first degree, on completion all students will have obtained thorough technical schooling, training in innovation and entrepreneurship and managerial and transferable skills, as well as a challenging doctoral research degree. Spending >50% of their time on site with external sponsors, the students gain first-hand experience of the demanding research environment of a competitive industry or (inter)national lab.The global and national importance of an integrated computational and experimental approach to the Materials Sciences, as promoted by our Centre, has been highlighted in a number of policy documents, including the US Materials Genome Initiative and European Science Foundation's Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee position paper on Computational Techniques, Methods and Materials Design. Materials Science research in the UK plays a key role within all of the 8 Future Technologies, identified by Science Minister David Willetts to help the UK acquire long-term sustainable economic growth.Materials research in UCL is particularly well developed, with a thriving Centre for Materials Research, a Materials Chemistry Centre and a new Centre for Materials Discovery (2013) with a remit to build close research links with theCatalysis Technology Hub at the Harwell Research Complex and the prestigious Francis Crick Institute for biomedical research (opening in 2015). The M3S will work closely with these centres and its academic and industrial supervisors arealready heavily involved with and/or located at the Harwell Research Complex, whereas a number of recent joint appointments with the Francis Crick Institute will boost the M3S's already strong link with biomedicine. Moreover, UCLhas perhaps the largest concentration of computational materials scientists in the UK, if not the world, who interact through the London-wide Thomas Young Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials. As such, UCL has a large team of well over 100 research-active academic staff available to supervise research projects, ensuring that all external partners can team up with an academic in a relevant research field to form a supervisory team to work with the Centre students.The success of the existing M3S CDT and the obvious potential to widen its research remit and industrial partnerships into topical new materials science areas, which lie at the heart of EPSRC's strategic funding priorities and address national skills gaps, has led to this proposal for the funding of 5 annual student cohorts in the new phase of the Centre
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