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Royce has the expertise and facilities to contribute to a wide range of research and development. Our initial science program targets nine core areas, each led by a champion and coordinated through a stakeholder network of industrialists and academics. This enables the research focus to evolve and reflect changing national priorities.

Royce is aligned to the UK government Industrial Strategy and our research has the potential to transform the digital, engineering, energy and health sectors. Many of our research areas are complementary, and Royce Partner institutions work collaboratively, sharing facilities and expertise.

2D Materials

Maintaining the UK’s leadership in science and
technology of two-dimensional materials and
nanomaterials composites. Developing new high-performance and energy-efficient materials enabling new architectures
and fabrication methods for electronics and
optoelectronics devices. Supporting creation of innovative SMEs and increasing productivity of the UK’s high-tech manufacturing sectors.

Lead Partner: The University of Manchester

Metal Processing
Advanced Metals Processing

Building on the UK’s strength in metals
processing, providing the support needed
to deliver innovative metals processing
technologies and novel alloy solutions.
Enabling the UK metal industries to
transition to a resource efficient,
zero-pollution, digitalized and agile future.

Lead Partner: The University of Sheffield

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Atoms to Devices

Providing the underpinning,
cross-disciplinary, technology platforms to facilitate and support the accelerated
discovery and development of new device
materials. Through the deposition of precisely
controlled thin films, the engineering of
interfaces, and the ability to control doping
on the nanoscale, enabling the design of new
devices and new technological solutions that
underpin a breadth of societal applications.

Lead Partners: The University of Leeds / Imperial College London

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Biomedical Materials 

Accelerating the discovery, manufacture and translation of biomedical materials, enhancing the UK’s position as an international leader in the fields of biomaterials and biomedical systems and devices.

Lead Partner: The University of Manchester

Chemical Materials
Chemical Materials Discovery 

Pioneering methods in computer aided design,
machine learning, and robotics for materials
discovery and characterisation. Accelerating innovation in the discovery and
development of materials with desired
properties and minimal environmental impact. Delivering faster and more sustainable synthetic
methods to chemical, catalytic and biological

Lead Partner: The University of Liverpool

Energy Storage
Materials for Demanding Environments 

Providing material system solutions to address the needs of energy and transport sectors where conventional structural materials solutions fail, and enhance efficiencies by increasing operation temperatures, withstanding harsher environments and being able to predict with much greater certainty the life of components.

Lead Partner: The University of Manchester

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Nuclear Materials

Increasing the UK’s existing economic strengths and competitive advantages in nuclear energy, and support its net-zero ambitions, by enabling innovation in research on radioactive materials, including an experiment with-modelling approach, via a co-ordinated network of national laboratories, nuclear user facilities, and expertise. Developing vibrant industry- and academic-led programmes which accelerate nuclear’s contribution to deep decarbonisation.

Lead Partner: The University of Manchester