Enterprise and Innovation

The Department of Materials has worked with many of the leading national and international companies in the area of materials science. The level of contact varies from full funding of a research project or studentship, through partial funding of a project or studentship, to general collaboration and interchange of knowledge and expertise.

The Oxford Materials Characterization Service (OMCS) was established in October 2002 as a point of contact for those wishing to access facilities and expertise within the Department of Materials. Facilities were augmented with a range of equipment under the banner BegbrokeNano, one of the DTI funded UK Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Centres of Excellence. The Department of Materials at Oxford University has partnerships with leading analytical equipment manufacturers to provide a dedicated suite for the analysis of micro and nanoscaled structures.

The Institute of Industrial Materials and Manufacturing (IIMM) was established in 1998 to bring together facilities for world-class research into novel materials, processing techniques and technologies. Funded by an EPSRC Joint Infrastructure Fund grant, facilities include: Osprey spray forming unit; DC casting facilities for Al billet; State of the art aberration corrected TEM; The UK's first NanoSims facility; A pilot plant-scale web coater; A new Catalytic Atom Probe.

The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network promotes improved interactions between the UK science, engineering and technology base and industry through the involvement of intermediate organisations that have strong connections with both industry (particularly SMEs) and with academia. The Department of Materials is a Materials KTN delivery partner providing focussed activities at Begbroke Science Park.

The Oxford University Begbroke Science Park, located 5 miles north of Oxford City Centre, brings together industry-linked academic materials research with materials-based businesses and high technology spin-out companies.

Please contact OMCS for more information about facilities and opportunities for collaboration.

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