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NPL helps industry, research organisations and government to make an impact
The impact of our work spans all industries and can be seen in every aspect of day-to-day life. We deliver world-leading measurement capability which is critical to accelerating research and development as well as increasing commercial competitiveness. What's more, our research helps to solve some of the greatest global challenges; saving lives, protecting the environment, driving the digital revolution and unlocking new transformative technologies.
To find out more about our current work in progress, read our ongoing projects
NPL helps to reduce the cost of green hydrogen
NPL helped Fourth State measure reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, made by air plasma generators, for automatic disinfection in public spaces.
NPL demonstrated a rapid quality control tool for 2D material producers at the GEIC, Manchester
NPL helped Cheyney Design and Silveray test their flexible X-ray technology
NPL assessed the physical attributes of Stream Bio’s CPNs
NPL used scanning electron microscopy and rheology to characterise Pear Bio’s novel hydrogels
NPL has developed a new imaging technique to reduce attrition in drug development
NPL developed a simple method for measuring ultrasound power outputs from diagnostic scanners
NPL worked with Thomas Swan & Co to demonstrate the use of Raman spectroscopy in quality control of graphene and related 2D materials
NPL calibrated thermal imagers for nuclear waste temperature monitoring
Deploying NPL’s High Accuracy Inspection System to support waste store inspections at Sellafield Ltd.
NPL helped inform the modelling of Oxford HighQ's novel instrumentation for particle analysis
NPL helped develop uncertainty calculation tools for assessing the risks associated with solar farm sites
NPL provided an end-to-end uncertainty assessment of Sellafield Ltd’s temperature measurement for special nuclear material cans.
NPL assessed the suitability of phosphor thermometry for reducing uncertainty in temperature measurement in nuclear material storage
NPL and NNL proposed a solution for drying storage of spent nuclear fuel pins, underpinning the future management of the waste.
NPL is helping food technology company, IntelliDigest, to develop an AI-based analysis method to enable optimisation of their system.
NPL used nano-Raman spectroscopy to investigate composite production
NPL helps start-up verify the abilities of a refrigerated vaccine carrier for delivery to remote communities.
NPL helped SWISSCI prove the viability of their novel crystallisation process.
NPL develops a low-cost online hydrogen fuel quality monitoring system
New sensor modelling framework will facilitate standardisation in performance testing
NPL has created a customised solution for use in medical devices
NPL has developed software tools to capture and fuse metadata and data at the point of measurement to improve reproducibility with data provenance.
New homogeneity scanner provides a practical low-cost approach for assessing thermocouple quality
NPL helped BLOC Laboratories independently verify its technology for analysing the stability of advanced therapeutics.
In the midst of the pandemic, NPL helped Faraday Battery gather data to train their predictive maintenance model.
NPL helped Fibrestar prove that sustainable fibre drum containers perform as well as plastic competitors.
NPL identified challenges within AltaRange’s antenna feeds, supporting space launches across the UK and beyond.
Non-contact heart disorder diagnostic device could help target treatments and save lives
Bridging the boundary between a deep cryogenic quantum system and its room temperature control circuitry
NPL helped UHV Design quantify its products’ performance, giving customers confidence in its products
NPL characterises electrochemical cell that generates safe biocides for cleaning and water purification.
NPL helped Breathe Smarter identify the best materials to manufacture self-cleaning electronic face masks to reduce waste from the disposal of single wear face coverings.
NPL offers bespoke training related to Composites Standards and Certification, partly developed under a HEFCE Catalyst-funded project
NPL helps to uncover new applications for Paragraf’s graphene-based Hall sensors through extreme condition testing
Developing a rapid and inexpensive approach for predicting immunoassay performance of antibody conjugates
Understanding how the surface chemistry of functionalised graphene affects the properties of nanocomposites.
This work is an example of materials evaluation which is required when composites materials are used in new applications.
Using a range of medical imaging techniques for early and accurate diagnosis
NPL has been using biometrology to characterise virosome vaccines, optimise manufacturing process and improve viral vaccine development.
Using algorithms and machine learning to unlock data and provide meaningful information.
NPL worked with Kindeva Drug Delivery during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
NPL worked with EMTEC to assess their methodology for estimating carbon emissions from on-board diagnostics, and comparing to actual data.
Damage detection in nuclear reactor cores testing was carried out in the newly refurbished Mechanical Test Facility by the Advanced Materials Characterisation group. The job was carried out by NPL and Atkins, on behalf of EDF.
Developing standardised phantoms to simulate the response and interactions of human tissue for clinical trials
Creating a safe environment for training clinicians and enhancing treatment accuracy
Despite careful calibration and quality assurance MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners from different vendors and at different sites produce differing images
Pre-clinical evaluation of new intra-operative cancer detection equipment and techniques
The aim is to deliver high precision of measurement and high density of data collected over a large area.
NPL and Oncoinvent develop new methods to measure and deliver dosage in pioneering forms of radiotherapy
NPL has worked with Anglia CNC Engineering (ACE) to improve its manufacturing processes and is expected to save the company at least £50k a year.
Using super-resolution microscopy to investigate the binding and trafficking of exosomes across cell membranes.
NPL worked with Hyde Aero to achieve Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection, which is necessary to supply the aerospace primes, including Airbus.
NPL has developed gas standards for measuring impurities, such as siloxanes, in biomethane before injection into the gas grid.
The oil and gas industry relies on tapered thread gauges in many situations, such as attaching drill components and securing well head casings
Adaptix has developed a solution to the combined shortcomings of existing technologies: a novel X-ray source that allows low-cost, truly portable 3D scans.
NPL has developed rapid, non-destructive quality control methods for 2D materials to help DZP Technologies to bring new products to market
Lockheed Martin joins Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems as an NPL accredited organisation to deliver in-house measurement courses for its staff, saving time and money
The Qatar Armed Forces Calibration Centre in Doha has taken delivery of a gauge block interferometer designed by NPL and manufactured under licence by Hexagon Metrology.
Improving and increasing ultrasound treatment: Standardised dosages for ultrasound
ETC worked with NPL to explore techniques for measuring material erosion during the testing process.
NPL and NIM worked in collaboration to design and build an extrapolation range for antenna measurements.
There are a small number of piston ring manufacturers in the world for these types of ring and they struggle to meet global demand.
NPL measurements improve model used to ensure that composite aircraft structures and wind turbine blades meet design specifications.
NPL has been working with Metrosol Limited, an SME specialising in the development of sensing electronics, to build a proof-of-concept Johnson noise thermometer to measure temperature directly.
NPL's temperature team have developed a phosphor thermometry technique to indicate steel surface temperature, and performed a demonstration in a practical industrial setting.
A promising new application of MRI is Arterial Spin Labelling (ASL), which provides measures of perfusion, the rate of blood flow to an organ.
We are working with industry to increase efficiency in manufacturing through confidence in digital technologies and the data they produce
We have helped to improve confidence in new radiotherapy treatments for better patient outcomes
We have advised manufacturers, government, academia and the public on how to best use data produced by air quality sensors
We provided the underpinning measurement and understanding of sputtering by cluster ion beams for 3D imaging
We helped Malvern Cosmeceutics to identify new drug compounds through computer modelling
We created a new biological standard using protein nanostructures
We worked with SME Ingenza to accelerate the discovery and manufacture of new antimicrobials
We worked with UCL to help prevent costly product failure caused by thermal runaway.
MetHPM has delivered metrology capabilities enabling order-of-magnitude improvements.
Benchmarking against the capabilities of other Malvern Panalytical products.
Helping a 3D medical imaging company improve its performance
Magnetic sensors are used in a wide range of industrial applications, harnessing the Earth's magnetic field to help us better identify geological features on our own planet.
Access to the internet and wireless communication is often a lifeline in today's information age
Decarbonisation of UK energy supply means that electricity distribution networks are coping with increased renewable generation and higher demands.
Engineering firm's investment in measurement training drives production efficiency and accuracy
We deliver world-leading measurement capability which is critical to accelerating research and development and increasing commercial competitiveness
We have developed a unique technique towards making fuel cells and electrolysers more cost-effective and efficient.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing health issues. Every year, more than 700,000 people die as a result of drug-resistant infections
We ensure the high performance of underwater sensors for the oil and gas industry
Our underwater acoustics experts help to track the impact of industry out at sea on marine wildlife
NPL worked with SME Mixergy to help them verify the performance of their efficient hot water tank
NPL helps AgPlus solve materials chemistry challenge, unblocking the route to mass producing its diagnostic devices.
We provided King of Shaves with a fast measurement process to monitor the quality of a new product while maintaining fast turnaround times
We helped aerospace supplier Aeromet International to become the first UK business to gain a new global aerospace certification
We helped Oxford Instruments to commercialise a potentially groundbreaking new semiconducting material by improving the production process
Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success. Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070