Materials technology is vital to industrial competitiveness, energy security, sustainability and innovation across all sectors, including healthcare and the environment.
Underpinning future requirements is the need to develop novel materials with tailored properties, to make radical advances in materials processing, to optimise manufacturing and engineering through knowledge-based design, and to establish innovative tools for predicting and characterising performance.
The underlying challenge is to characterise processes at an increasingly localised scale to enable prediction and manipulation of macroscopic behaviour and the production of materials and systems with managed properties.
Advanced measurement techniques are being established at NPL (including 3D-t imaging, in-situ and on-line characterisation, and novel nano-probes), coupled with modelling to support developments in:
- Multi-functional materials, nanomaterials, fuel cells, electronic interconnects, organic electronics, organic photovoltaics and catalysis
- Composites materials for aerospace and wind turbines
- Coatings and surface engineered materials
- Lifetime prediction of materials for power engineering and oil and gas extraction in increasingly harsh environments.