The Henry Royce Institute

Advanced materials for new challenges: The UK’s front door to advanced materials research and innovation

The Henry Royce Institute was established to accelerate the invention and take-up of new materials systems that will meet global challenges, enhance industrial productivity and competitiveness, and shape the world around us.

Funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), it is a partnership of nine leading institutions, with the hub at the University of Manchester, that coordinates over 900 academics and over £300 million of facilities. 

This joined-up, collaborative approach to research enables these institutions to punch above their individual weight in tackling some of the most pressing challenges facing society today, from providing energy for future cities to decarbonisation and the development of new recyclable materials. 

Initial projects include:

  • Transforming the steel industry with the aim of manufacturing carbon-neutral steel for more sustainable products and processes by 2040 
  • Advancing knowledge of protective zirconium alloy cladding for highly radioactive fuel used in nuclear reactors, to improve safety and cost-efficiency and help meet carbon reduction targets in the energy sector
  • Combining high-performance computing and materials science for the discovery and analysis of new materials that will have a significant impact on a whole range of industrial sectors, from nanofabrication to nuclear engineering


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