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What if we could create multifunctional devices?

Atoms to Devices is concerned primarily with the deposition of functional films either by vacuum (top down) or solution processes (bottom up) through patterning in all three dimensions. It also includes the manufacture of powders for thick film deposition. Potential application areas cover almost all industrial sectors and particularly ICT, Healthcare and Energy. These applications could transform the following markets:


  • £360bn photonics/imaging/communication
  • £270Bn semiconductor
  • £164Bn Cybersecurity
  • £50Bn energy storage
Leeds University

Royce academic partners, and the wider UK academic and industry community, has a vibrant, world-leading network in materials science and engineering, with excellence across the disciplinary areas required to create a vertically integrated Atoms to Devices programme.

This interconnectivity is rarely seen in a single institution, and the Royce collaboration provides a unique and timely means of achieving this.

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Imperial College London

The research theme is led by The University of Leeds and Imperial College London, and brings together researchers from a number of Royce and other UK institutions. These include Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge, Queen’s, University Belfast, Glasgow, York, Warwick and Edinburgh; along with central facilities (Diamond, ISIS, SuperSTEM).