The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) coordinates, develops and exploits cutting-edge research in materials chemistry.
The KCMC does this by providing fast track industry access to research facilities knowledge and expertise in applied materials chemistry from STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and the universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Bolton.
KCMC’s aim is to encourage innovative, multi-disciplinary research and drive industrial growth for UK industries that rely on materials chemistry. Key industry sectors notably include electronics, personal care products, catalysts, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, coatings, chemicals and advanced materials, construction, adhesives and wastewater treatment. KCMC acts as a national centre and a single point of access for its expertise.
Formulating and designing new products is at the heart of many businesses - be it novel fuel cell technology, polymers for coatings, advanced gas sensors or new semiconductor devices. This is why companies look to materials chemistry research for solutions.
The recent opening of the Hartree Centre, a new centre of expertise for High Performance Computing (HPC), based at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, provides access to techniques and capabilities which could revolutionise materials chemistry. By simulating new materials on supercomputers, researchers can analyse properties and composition without the need for long and involved experiments in a lab. New codes being produced specifically for materials chemistry look at providing in depth visualisations of compounds, saving time and money during the initial research phase.
Materials chemistry covers a broad range of science and technology and is used in a number of important areas:
Working with KCMC gives companies
Chemistry Innovation, the Knowledge Transfer Network for UK chemistry-using industries, hosts an independent knowledge transfer team. The team works to develop and manage the collaborative research projects and ensure that the Centre’s services are linked to what industries need.