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Royce Institute Installation


UK Multifunctional Materials Growth Facility - Installation of the Prevac Multichamber UHV Deposition System


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The Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s National Institute for Materials Science Research and Innovation, invest in Prevac Multichamber UHV Deposition system.

The Henry Royce Institute funded equipment will be hosted in the new Bragg Centre, a £96m development to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences to build on a shared interaction between these disciplines. [1]

This investment will foster a culture of inter-disciplinary working in the development of novel materials to address 21st Century challenges in many areas, including energy efficient computing, telecommunications, sustainable magnetic materials, sensors for use in biological systems and extreme or remote environments, pharmaceutical formulations, ‘smart foods’ and medical technologies.[2]

The University of Leeds is co-leading one of the nine research areas, Atoms to Devices and the CM Group (Condensed Matter Physics Group) is hosting a new national Advanced Thin Film growth facility for supporting research programmes on engineering novel thin film interfaces and heterostructures. [3]

The centre piece of the facility is a state-of-the-art, multifunctional cluster deposition system designed and manufactured by Prevac. The system includes an Organics growth chamber, Topological Materials growth chamber and Metals deposition chamber. The final modules were delivered and installed at the end of June 2018 with commissioning taking place in July.

The installation will enable world-class UK materials researchers to work closely with industry to underpin the Government’s Industrial Strategy, resulting in economic growth throughout the UK.[4]

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(i) Installation at the Bragg Centre at Leeds University (image credit Henniker Scientific Ltd.)

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(ii) The initial RHEED tests led by Prevac R&D scientists take place at the Bragg Centre at Leeds University (image credit Henniker Scientific Ltd.)

[1][2] http://www.royce.ac.uk/partners/university-of-leeds/

[3][4] http://www.stoner.leeds.ac.uk/facilities/Materials-shri

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