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Maxwell Centre


The Henry Royce Institute is the UK's national institute for materials science research and innovation. Cambridge Royce focuses on Materials for Energy-Efficient ICT. We are primarily interested in materials applications for three research areas:

Energy Generation: new materials that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.

Energy Storage: significant improvements in the energy density, longevity, cost and compatibility of the various energy storage technologies required to power the next generation of ICT devices.

Energy Use: radical approaches to reduce power consumption in processing and memory, towards the theoretical limits that are many orders of magnitude below current silicon-based technology, and making devices more lightweight.

The Cambridge Royce has fifteen advanced materials characterisation tools that are available for use by academic and industrial researchers. Please contact Lata Sahonta ( ) or Andrew Dobrzanski ( ) for more information on the Royce facilities.  


Sputterer and nano-scale patterning suite

UHV deposition system (MBE and evaporator)

Wafer-scale AFM

Cluster tool (ten glovebox deposition and in situ characterisation)

Environmental XPS system

UHV photoemission XPS

Electron beam lithography system

UV lithography mask aligner tool

In situ electron microscopy

3D X-ray CT

Electrochemical and energy storage/energy harvesting test equipment

Electrical characterisation suite

Magnetic property measurement system

Nanoscale magnetic and thermal imaging system

Wide bore magnet