Next-generation materials will be produced by a new research center

The next generation of materials to meet the needs of British manufacturing are to be developed by a cutting-edge research centre, which officially opened today, April 20.

The Royce Discovery Centre, part of the Henry Royce Institute at the University of Sheffield, will give UK manufacturers across all sectors access to the expertise and facilities needed to discover new materials and develop better processes. resource-efficient to meet their business needs.

Based in a new building in the university’s Faculty of Engineering, the center will allow manufacturers to tap into Sheffield’s R&D capabilities to develop materials for new technologies and test them before investing more capital and implement them in their operations.

The facility aims to fill a gap in innovation in the UK by reducing both the cost and time of translating advanced materials discoveries into new products and technologies.

Research at the Royce Discovery Center is already using new materials to develop the next generation of medical implants, improve lightweight structures needed for electric vehicle parts, develop components needed to store green hydrogen energy, and evolve nuclear fusion reactors.

The facility will become a leading national center for advanced metal processing in the UK.

Professor Martin Jackson, Professor of Advanced Metals Processing at the University of Sheffield and Head of Research at the Royce Discovery Centre, said: “Our facility will help accelerate academic and industrial ideas to industrial production scale, to meet global challenges.

“We are already helping to develop new supply chains in the UK in sectors ranging from space components to electric car parts from recycled aerospace waste.

“The unique facilities will also accelerate the development of multi-material and functional components in emerging sectors, enabling the UK to pioneer advanced next-generation metal processing technologies.”

Professor David Knowles, Chief Executive of the Henry Royce Institute, said: “The University of Sheffield is a founding partner of Royce, with leading prowess in materials science and metallurgy.

“The exciting research being undertaken at its new Royce Discovery Center further supports Royce’s vision of developing advanced materials for a sustainable society.

“The Discovery Center will transform aspects of Royce’s research capabilities into the Advanced Metals Processing research area.

“It will build on the UK’s strength in metals processing and provide universities and industry with the state-of-the-art facilities and technical support they need to deliver both innovative processing technologies and the development of new alloys.

Professor Serena Cussen, Head of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield, added: “The city of Sheffield was the birthplace of stainless steel, so it’s fitting that with the new Royce Discovery Center, the city plays a huge role in shaping the future of metals and the next generation of sustainable materials.

“Discovering new materials is vital to many industries across the UK as we seek to become more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint.”