News & Events
- The NexTec project aims to create better thermoelectric modules for the automotive, refrigeration and IT industries.
- NPL and the Science & Technology Facilities Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance our knowledge of advanced materials.
- NPL and Imperial College London are working on a project that could completely change the refrigeration industry.
- The highly successful third meeting in the X-ray & Neutron Scattering in Multiferroics Research series was held at NPL on Thursday 14 November 2013.
- Presented by Miles Padgett
- Presented by Melvin Vopson
Functional materials exploit coupling between multiple variables - for example, transforming mechanical energy to electrical energy in piezoelectric materials, or providing electrical control of magnetic properties. The piezoelectric effect has become a common part of many technologies we routinely use in everyday life. It is crucial in many areas for example, the healthcare and automotive industries, and environmental monitoring.
What we do
We investigate material properties, device performance and new application concepts. Our research is focused on materials with electrical and magnetic functionality, specifically:
- Electromechanical and Magnetoelectrical coupling measurements
- Electrical measurements in harsh environments (e.g. temperature, humidity, stress, field) and bias fields (e.g. electrical, magnetic)
- Dielectric and Magnetic measurements
In addition other multifunctional materials and systems are also explored. We have developed ab initio models and experimental tools to describe fundamental properties of ferroelectric, multiferroic and the multifunctional behaviour of modern sensor/actuator materials. We are also exploring the link between atomic scale physics and macroscopic performance (as well as behaviour from femtosecond to year-long timescales) and specifically the role metrology has in elucidating this.