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Maxwell Centre


Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES)

CAM-IES is one of six national networks established by the EPSRC aimed at creating a strengthened energy materials research community with strong national and international links. The CAM-IES research grant, awarded by EPSRC, will run for five years until 30 November 2021. CAM-IES focuses on the development of advanced materials for energy generation, conversion, distribution, storage, and efficient energy usage, based on technologies including those below:

  • solid-state, higher voltage and flow batteries
  • solid-oxide fuel cells
  • CO2 and other gas separation membranes
  • hybrid thin film photovoltaics
  • large-area thermoelectrics


The Centre has a number of overarching aims:

  • To create a UK-based community of researchers focused on materials for integrated energy systems and build a forum for knowledge exchange and scientific collaboration between academia and industry.
  • To facilitate access to and train users from the wider community on unique state-of-the-art experimental facilities for energy materials characterization and deposition, currently being set-up in Cambridge as part of the Henry Royce Institute, to accelerate new concepts to commercial reality.
  • The development of strong modes of collaborative working and networking to identify synergies between the other EPSRC Energy Centres, together with our University partners, industry and stakeholder groups.
  • To organise a series of high-profile symposia and workshops engaging the wider community, and to disseminate research findings.
  • To help identify new research directions and requirements for materials in specific applications, working closely with industry, via flexible funding calls, with topics including emerging new research areas, industry driven/partnered projects, and materials integration research.
  • The establishment of effective methods for evaluating new materials discoveries for industrial scale-up.