This research area focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of functional ceramic and inorganic materials.
This research area focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of functional ceramic and inorganic materials. It includes:
- electroceramics (including ferroelectric, multiferroic and piezoelectric materials)
- complex oxides
- solid state materials chemistry
- inorganic 2D materials
- inorganic framework materials
- porous materials.
It does not include materials processing, materials for energy applications, or photonic, magnetic, superconducting, polymeric or composite materials. These are covered by related areas.
We will continue to support world-leading experimental and theoretical research in functional ceramics and inorganics discovery and design, while maximising the impact of these activities.
Advanced materials, including those covered by this research area, have transformative potential in economic, environmental and societal terms, and this area will make a significant and distinctive contribution to delivering against that key agenda. Research in this area is central to addressing current and future national challenges related to sustainability and resource efficiency.
To achieve such impact, we expect increased levels of collaboration between fundamental research in functional ceramics and inorganics, and complementary investments and areas, for example:
- Synthetic Coordination Chemistry
- Synthetic Supramolecular Chemistry
- Condensed Matter – Electronic Structure
- Condensed Matter – Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
In addition, following the large capital investment in the Sir Henry Royce Institute, researchers should exploit this capability. Any further investment should be complementary to this, to avoid duplication and maximise benefits.
Advanced materials is highlighted as a major cross-cutting theme in terms of the EPSRC outcomes. To achieve these outcomes, links should be developed between researchers in this area and those in application-driven areas including:
- Radio Frequency and Microwave Devices
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
- Microelectronics Device Technology
- Materials Engineering – Ceramics
- Materials Engineering – Composites
- Materials Engineering – Metals and Alloys.
We encourage ambitious projects that address the challenges identified by the Advanced Materials Leadership Council (AMLC) where they align with our priorities.
AMLC themes relevant to researchers in this community are:
- materials for functional systems
- design of materials and processes
- materials for communications and electronics
- materials for demanding environments.