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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
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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 Design 

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 materials.

Lead Partners: The University of Liverpool / The University of Manchester

Energy Storage
Material Systems 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 Partners: The University of Manchester / Cranfield University

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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 Partners: The University of Manchester / National Nuclear Laboratory / UK Atomic Energy Authority