High Performance Metals & Metallic Compound Research
High performance metals and metallic compounds (HPMC) research is a key enabler for developing new technologies that can withstand extreme environments and operate at high efficiencies. Research on high-performance metals and metallic compounds is focused on developing new materials with improved properties such as strength, toughness, corrosion resistance, and high-temperature performance. These materials have a wide range of applications in aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, and other industries.
The high-performance metals and metallic compound research covers a diverse span of applications, from mobile phones to cars, and batteries to paint. The area overlaps with other research fields including development of RF and EM shielding, energy research and electroforming and includes:
- New materials for energy storage: Development of new materials with improved performance, durability, and cost-effectiveness for these applications. PI-KEM supplies a range of materials for battery research, including lithium discs, which are used to study the electrochemical behaviour of lithium-ion batteries
- Materials for reducing weight or density: Producing lightweight materials for applications such as aerospace, automotive, and transportation. These offer a combination of high strength, stiffness, and low weight which can help to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. PI-KEM supplies a range of high performance metals and metallic compounds, including nickel powders and flakes, which are used to produce lightweight metal alloys
- Materials for extreme environments: Synthesising materials that can withstand extreme conditions, such as high temperatures, pressures, and corrosive environments. These materials are used in a variety of applications, including oil and gas exploration, nuclear power generation, and space exploration. PI-KEM supplies a range of materials for high temperature applications, such as tungsten and tantalum, which are used to produce heating elements and other components that must operate at high temperatures
HPMC research is a challenging but rewarding field and is expected to have a significant impact on global economies. By developing new materials with improved properties, researchers can help to create new products and technologies that can make a real difference in the world. The HPMC research landscape in the UK and Europe is highly collaborative, with researchers from academia and industry working together to develop new materials and processes. This collaboration is essential to ensure that the UK and Europe remain at the forefront of HPMC research and development.
PI-KEM’s cross-disciplinary Materials Team have experience in partnering with projects that involve multiple stakeholders to ensure the procurement is co-ordinated, on-time and within budget expectations.