Functional materials to get £20 million boost for 10 UK research and development projects

Ten new research projects that will advance the UK's manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application have been announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The projects will include:
• developing thin-film materials and novel manufacturing methods for wearable technology;
• improving the mass production of carbon nanotube materials;
• revolutionising the manufacture and use of specialised glass;
• exploiting the potential of flexible perovskite photovoltaics for solar cells;
• developing the materials needed for the new class of photonic integrated circuits for use in communications, sensors, imaging and lighting;
• developing advanced fabrication processes for Gallium Nitride and related materials for the UK's emerging manufacturing industries.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC's chief executive, said: "These grants for Functional Materials research will take advantage of the excellent capability that exists across the UK. The level of partnership between universities and industry means they are well positioned to advance the exploitation of the knowledge and discoveries of our pioneering scientists and engineers."


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