New materials have the potential to radically transform society. The role of this theme is to provide strategic leadership to a diverse and distributed community and to work across UKRI to champion investment in materials innovation and to enable novel technologies that combat societal challenges.
The advanced materials theme takes an overview of investment made in materials research and innovation by EPSRC, and leads on delivery of our major investment in the Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials research.
EPSRC recognises that delivering new materials critical to everyday life requires interdisciplinary approaches and the involvement of industry. Therefore, the theme works closely with colleagues across the UKRI research councils and Innovate UK, and with the government, to develop strategic opportunities.
EPSRC investment in materials research is embedded within its core capability and challenge themes. Our role as the advanced materials team is to work across these themes to identify opportunity spaces and key materials priorities.
The key EPSRC research areas for advanced materials are:
- biomaterials and tissue engineering
- condensed matter: electronic structure
- condensed matter: magnetism and magnetic materials
- functional ceramics and inorganics
- graphene and carbon nanotechnology
- materials engineering: ceramics
- materials engineering: composites
- materials engineering: metals and alloys
- materials for energy applications
- photonic materials
- polymer materials