Partners


Johnson Matthey is a British FTSE100 speciality chemicals company focused on its core skills in precious metal applications, catalysis, fine chemicals and process technology. JM has over 11,000 employees in over 30 countries developing world leading products and technologies. JM Technology Centre (JMTC) JMTC is well equipped with state of the art analytical facilities including VT-XTD, DSC, EPMA, ICPMS, SEM, TEM, XPS, ICP-ES and SS-NMR, which will be utilised in the project. JMTC has excellent facilities to produce specialist glasses and formulate pastes from different metal powders, glasses, additives and organic media along with equipment to rapid-fire and evaluate basic photovoltaic properties.

Dr Russell Goodall (RG) leads a research group focussed on Metallurgy within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Sheffield. The Department has wide range of facilities for alloy fabrication and structural/electrical characterization, as well as a range of Advanced Manufacturing resources available via the ERDF-funded Mercury Centre. RG's group has involvement in several externally funded projects from TSB, Royal Society, EU FP7, Johnson Matthey, Rolls-Royce Plc. In doing so he has won over £1M of research funding as principal investigator, and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed papers, 2 book chapters and holds 2 patents.

Phoenix Scientific Industries (PSI) Limited is an SME. For over 25 years PSI has developed technologies and processes involving rapidly-quenched, amorphous and microcrystalline structures in metals and ceramics. PSI also offers a powder production service on a toll-basis and has produced over 1500 novel alloy compositions by atomisation and other rapid solidification techniques. Consequently, the Company has accumulated a large knowledge base on the behaviour and handling of materials in the solid, liquid and vapour phases. To maintain its technology at the forefront of advanced materials processing, the company complements its internal R&D activities with both UK and European-funded Programs.

Solar Capture Technologies (SCT) is a small scale manufacturer of silicon solar cells and specialist PV panels. Based in the North East of England, the complete solar cell processing facility has been operational since November 2005 producing cells of up to 18% efficiency on 150 cm² monocrystalline wafers. Alongside cell and module manufacturing, SCT has a globally renowned research team working on both UK and EU funded projects (TSB and FP7) and privately funded research. The team at SCT have both coordinated and participated in a number of DTI/TSB funded collaborative UK projects and several large EU funded collaborative projects.