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EPSRC Reference: EP/P024947/1
Title: Sir Henry Royce Institute - Cambridge Equipment
Principal Investigator: Friend, Professor Sir R
Other Investigators:
Parker, Professor M
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Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 April 2016 Ends: 31 March 2019 Value (£): 10,000,000
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Manufacturing Chemicals
Energy R&D
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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. Materials for Energy Efficient Energy Generation with a focus on new materials and devices that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.

2. Materials for Energy Efficient 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. Materials for 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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