BP, the energy company, are investing £60m in an International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM). The centre will research the fundamental understanding and use of materials across a variety of oil and gas industrial applications. Seven primary areas of research have been identified – structural materials, smart coatings, functional materials, catalysis, membranes, energy storage and energy harvesting. The ten-year investment programme is expected to support 25 new academic posts, along with 100 post-grad researchers and 80 postdoctoral fellows.
BP-ICAM has a ‘hub and spoke’ structure. The ‘hub’ will be the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, which has expertise in materials, engineering, characterisation, collaborative working, and developing engineering applications that can be deployed in the real world. The ‘spokes’ will be the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Source: University of Manchester press release