Sir Henry Royce Institute - Cambridge Equipment

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

As a national institute, The Sir Henry Royce Institute (SHRI) for Advanced Materials, will provide the missing 'link' in the UK innovation chain allowing the iterative design of advanced materials for various applications, at speed and reasonable cost, providing a critical component to delivering on the government's economic strategy. The Institute will reduce the time-scales to translate discoveries to applications, provide strategic leadership together with training and career development in areas of particular need.

The aim is to establish the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials as an 'An international flagship for the accelerated discovery and development of new materials systems for the economic and societal benefit of the UK.'.
The SHRI will cover the invention and manufacture of Soft Materials; Functional Materials; Structural Engineering Materials and Energy Materials along with the necessary facilities to test and characterise them within a framework that emphasises the sustainable use of materials.

Initially there will be 9 core material areas led by founding partners.
Chemical Materials Discovery
Biomedical Materials and Devices
Materials for Energy Efficient ICT
Atoms to Devices
2D Materials Systems
Advanced Metals Processing
Materials systems for Demanding Environments
Energy Storage
Nuclear materials


The Cambridge spoke of the Sir Henry Royce Institute is based at the Maxwell Centre at the University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Sir Henry Royce Institute activity will focus on Materials for Energy Efficient ICT, which has three overarching themes:
1. Materials for Energy Efficient Energy Generation with a focus on new materials and devices that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.
2. Materials for Energy Efficient Energy Storage with a focus on significant improvements in the energy density, longevity, cost and compatibility of the various energy storage technologies required to power the next generation of ICT devices.
3. Materials for Energy Efficient Use with a focus on radical approaches to reduce power consumption in processing and memory, towards the theoretical limits that are many orders of magnitude below current silicon-based technology (and are approached in biological systems).

Planned Impact

The Pathways to Impact for this funding will be realised through the collective benefits management activity for the Sir Henry Royce Institute.

The Materials for ICT facilities hosted at the University of Cambridge but linking the other Royce nodes, will provide a focal point for industry to identify the breadth and strength of the Royce 'Materials for ICT' activity. It will be designed to provide interaction between all TRLs from 1 to 5. It will provide an 'elevator' through the TRLs with the aim of creating a high knowledge throughput to accelerate the historically slow penetration of new materials. It will allow the chance to cross-fertilise knowledge between users of the facility from many departments, the ability to showcase the research to industry and to other top international ICT institutes. There are excellent opportunities for complementarity in facilities and research programmes across all Royce nodes.

Publications

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Description This capital-only grant for the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials has been used to support new equipment facilities for the processing and characterisation of materials in the broad field of 'Materials for Energy Efficient ICT'. These have been brought into full operation during the course of 2018. Facilities are now available for use by internal researchers, other UK academic researchers, and by industry. Details for accessing these can be found at https://www.maxwell.cam.ac.uk/programmes/henry-royce-institute and as listed below: AJA UHV magnetron sputter system Zeiss Cross-Beam dual-beam FIB-SEM system Prevac MBE chamber and thermal/e-beam evaporator-based PVD system Bruker Dimension Icon 8-inch Wafer Scale AFM Mbraun ten-glovebox Ambient Processing Suite SPECS EnviroESCA near-ambient-pressure Environmental XPS Raith E-beam Lithography system Karl Suss 4th generation UV Mask Aligner Protochips in-situ TEM Holder, Gatan OneView camera and Gatan vacuum pumping station Zeiss Xradia 3D X-ray CT Biolin QSense electronic quartz crystal microbalance Energy Storage Test Equipment Linseis Thermoelectric analyser Energy Harvest Test Equipment Cascade HV probe station HF Antenna Test Equipment Quantum Design Magnetic Property Measurement System Asylum Research Magnetic and Thermal Imaging System Oxford Instruments ICE 12 Tesla Wide Bore Magnet
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Chemicals,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES)
Amount £2,098,617 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P007767/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2020
 
Description Sir Henry Royce Institute - recurrent grant
Amount £23,057,010 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R00661X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description SuperSolar Hub Extension
Amount £856,808 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P02484X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 10/2018
 
Description The Royce: Capitalising on the investment
Amount £1,006,681 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S019367/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2021
 
Description Henry Royce Institute stands at MRE2020 exhibition in London, February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The MRE2020 exhibition showcased UK materials research undertaken within academia and industry, with a large presence from the Henry Royce Institute, and an opportunity to forge links with businesses, other HEIs, research training organisations and media organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials CAM-IES Industry Workshop, May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the CAM-IES Industry workshop, featuring talks from Arm, Talga, NPL, CDT Sumitomo, SwiftSolar, Chromosol, Perpetuum, Lightricity, and with participation from Dyson, Shell, Johnson Matthey, Eight19, Tata Steel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at CAM-IES Workshop: Multi-Modal Characterisation of Energy Materials, November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at CAM-IES Workshop: Multi-Modal Characterisation of Energy Materials, November 2019. This workshop featured talks from many members of the energy materials community undertaking research using Royce equipment, and wishing to engage with Royce members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the APL Horizons Meeting on Interfaces in Energy Materials, April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the APL Horizons Meeting on Interfaces in Energy Materials, April 2018. This two-day event was organised by APL at Trinity College, Cambridge, and featured international academic experts in energy materials research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the Bruker Microscopy Seminar, Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the Bruker Seminar, which presented the Royce AFM, located at the Department of Materials Science at Cambridge, to the local research community, with hands-on demonstrations and talks on equipment capabilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the CAM-IES Launch Workshop, May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the kickoff meeting of the CAM-IES EPSRC Centre Grant, held in Cambridge in May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the Diamond Light Source Workshop on Operando and In Situ Characterisation of Energy Materials, July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the Diamond Light Source Workshop on Operando and In Situ Characterisation of Energy Materials, July 2019. Talks included those from many Royce equipment leads and affiliates on new equipment suites e.g. Prof Sarah Haigh, Prof Sven Schroeder, Dr Alex Walton, Dr Rob Weatherup etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the Maxwell Centre Showcase, April 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the annual Maxwell Centre Showcase, April 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the official opening of the Cambridge Royce facilities, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute talk, posters, tours and promotional materials at the official opening of the Cambridge Royce facilities, held at the Maxwell Centre, Cambridge in November 2018. The facilities were officially unveiled by Julia King, the Baroness Brown of Cambridge, and an introductory speech was given by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Stephen Toope.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018