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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 Andrew Dobrzanski at for more information on the Royce facilities. 

We also sponsor five places University of Cambridge researchers (including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers working in advanced materials) on the Cambridge Impulse Programme for technology entrepreneurs. For more information and to apply see our 2022 Impulse page.

Henry Royce Institute