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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 helped inform the modelling of Oxford HighQ's novel instrumentation for particle analysis
New sensor modelling framework will facilitate standardisation in performance testing
Access to the internet and wireless communication is often a lifeline in today's information age
Supporting a small manufacturer with new calibration protocols
NPL worked with Kindeva Drug Delivery during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
The aim is to deliver high precision of measurement and high density of data collected over a large area.
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.
We helped Oxford Instruments to commercialise a potentially groundbreaking new semiconducting material by improving the production process
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
Improving and increasing ultrasound treatment: Standardised dosages for ultrasound
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 characterises electrochemical cell that generates safe biocides for cleaning and water purification.
Helping a 3D medical imaging company improve its performance
We provided the underpinning measurement and understanding of sputtering by cluster ion beams for 3D imaging
We helped aerospace supplier Aeromet International to become the first UK business to gain a new global aerospace certification
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
We provided King of Shaves with a fast measurement process to monitor the quality of a new product while maintaining fast turnaround times
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.
NPL helped UHV Design quantify its products’ performance, giving customers confidence in its products
We have helped to improve confidence in new radiotherapy treatments for better patient outcomes
Decarbonisation of UK energy supply means that electricity distribution networks are coping with increased renewable generation and higher demands.
NPL has created a customised solution for use in medical devices
NPL worked with EMTEC to assess their methodology for estimating carbon emissions from on-board diagnostics, and comparing to actual data.
Pre-clinical evaluation of new intra-operative cancer detection equipment and techniques
Using algorithms and machine learning to unlock data and provide meaningful information.
Despite careful calibration and quality assurance MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners from different vendors and at different sites produce differing images
We have advised manufacturers, government, academia and the public on how to best use data produced by air quality sensors
NPL's temperature team have developed a phosphor thermometry technique to indicate steel surface temperature, and performed a demonstration in a practical industrial setting.
We have developed a unique technique towards making fuel cells and electrolysers more cost-effective and efficient.
Bridging the boundary between a deep cryogenic quantum system and its room temperature control circuitry
Non-contact heart disorder diagnostic device could help target treatments and save lives
NPL and Oncoinvent develop new methods to measure and deliver dosage in pioneering forms of radiotherapy
NPL and NIM worked in collaboration to design and build an extrapolation range for antenna measurements.
NPL measurements improve model used to ensure that composite aircraft structures and wind turbine blades meet design specifications.
In the midst of the pandemic, NPL helped Faraday Battery gather data to train their predictive maintenance model.
NPL helps AgPlus solve materials chemistry challenge, unblocking the route to mass producing its diagnostic devices.
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
MetHPM has delivered metrology capabilities enabling order-of-magnitude improvements.
Our underwater acoustics experts help to track the impact of industry out at sea on marine wildlife
Understanding how the surface chemistry of functionalised graphene affects the properties of nanocomposites.
NPL has been using biometrology to characterise virosome vaccines, optimise manufacturing process and improve viral vaccine development.
There are a small number of piston ring manufacturers in the world for these types of ring and they struggle to meet global demand.
We worked with UCL to help prevent costly product failure caused by thermal runaway.
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.
NPL identified challenges within AltaRange’s antenna feeds, supporting space launches across the UK and beyond.
Developing a rapid and inexpensive approach for predicting immunoassay performance of antibody conjugates
We deliver world-leading measurement capability which is critical to accelerating research and development and increasing commercial competitiveness
ETC worked with NPL to explore techniques for measuring material erosion during the testing process.
NPL helped Fibrestar prove that sustainable fibre drum containers perform as well as plastic competitors.
Using a range of medical imaging techniques for early and accurate diagnosis
Creating a safe environment for training clinicians and enhancing treatment accuracy
Developing standardised phantoms to simulate the response and interactions of human tissue for clinical trials
NPL develops a low-cost online hydrogen fuel quality monitoring system
NPL worked with Hyde Aero to achieve Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection, which is necessary to supply the aerospace primes, including Airbus.
Using super-resolution microscopy to investigate the binding and trafficking of exosomes across cell membranes.
We ensure the high performance of underwater sensors for the oil and gas industry
We worked with SME Ingenza to accelerate the discovery and manufacture of new antimicrobials
Engineering firm's investment in measurement training drives production efficiency and accuracy
NPL has designed a new Composite Materials Standards and Certification course which has been partially developed under a HEFCE Catalyst funded project.
We are working with industry to increase efficiency in manufacturing through confidence in digital technologies and the data they produce
We created a new biological standard using protein nanostructures
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 helped Malvern Cosmeceutics to identify new drug compounds through computer modelling
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.
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.
A promising new application of MRI is Arterial Spin Labelling (ASL), which provides measures of perfusion, the rate of blood flow to an organ.
Benchmarking against the capabilities of other Malvern Panalytical products.
NPL worked with SME Mixergy to help them verify the performance of their efficient hot water tank
NPL helped SWISSCI prove the viability of their novel crystallisation process.
NPL helps start-up verify the abilities of a refrigerated vaccine carrier for delivery to remote communities.
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