Research & development

In the private and industrial materials research sector, the UK boasts research and technology organisations such as TWI, QinetiQ, NPL and CERAM and heavyweights such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Corus, GKN and Hexcel. Moreover, the strong materials-focused network developed by organisations such as the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN),Materials UK and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining enables a strong culture of collaborative research.

Key Academia

In the East Midlands, the advanced materials community has strong links with the region’s Universities with examples of previous collaborations including Ford Motor Company Ltd working with the University of Nottingham to investigate the automotive application of composites.

Loughborough University

Department of Materials
Ceramics, metals, polymers and their composites, Energy Materials, Nano Materials, Sustainability, Surface Engineering, Processing.

Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre
Extensive facilities including materials synthesis, processing and characterization available for use by industry,

Institute of Surface Science and Technology
Surface chemical analysis, depth profiling and molecular fingerprinting of a wide range of materials including coatings, composites, elastomers, fibres, glasses, metals, plastics and semiconductors. Expertise in adhesion.

University of Nottingham

Advanced Materials Group
Alloy development and processing; spray deposition of protective coatings; tribological assessment of surfaces; characterisation of functional and structural materials by electron microscopy; processing and characterisation of novel photonic glasses; development of biomaterials and biomedical devices and implants; bioactive and catalytic surface studies.

Polymer Composites Group
Textile composites, cost-effective processing, crashworthiness, bio-composites

De Montfort University

Technical Textiles & Advanced Materials
Natural fibres and composites
Technical Textiles
Environmental and sustainable materials
Advanced Materials
Mathematical Modelling

The specialist laboratory facilities within De Montfort University allow highly skilled staff to work with companies to achieve quick and accurate results.
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