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EPSRC Reference: GR/S60037/01
Title: Advanced ceramics, polymers & composites
Principal Investigator: West, Professor AR
Other Investigators:
Jones, Professor FR Rainforth, Professor WM Lee, Professor WE
Hand, Professor RJ Sharp, Professor J Sinclair, Professor D
Reaney, Professor IM Wright, Professor PV
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Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 April 2003 Ends: 30 September 2008 Value (£): 6,440,303
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Environment
Manufacturing Communications
Electronics Healthcare
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Structural and Functional Ceramics, together with related Materials, cover a wide range of actual and potential application areas ranging from traditional refractories, abrasives and insulating ceramics, through to functional materials exhibiting a range of electrical, magnetic and optical properties with applications in for instance, sensors, smart devices and telecommunication systems. Many of these fields are in their infancy and even in the more traditional areas, much remains to be done to increase scientific understanding and to improve properties through better processing. Research is required in three broad areas for all these materials so as to: a) Improve fabrication of materials and devices including use of novel chemical approaches, b) Obtain better understanding of microstructure/property relations, c) Develop new and improved materials and/or novel properties. Most of the work to be done is focused on ceramics but defined rather broadly to include cements, glass, polymer-coated glass systems, polymer composites and polymer electrolytes. In addition to the specific projects, we aim to act as the hub of 'ceramics' research in the UK and develop strong links to other major international 'ceramics' centres of excellence.
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