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Towards a Roadmap for Engineering & Upscaling

Enginering & Upscaling is any activity that is required to take a technology to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) required for commercial products in the relevant markets.

Fragmentation in Europe is seen as a key barrier to fulfilling the potential of engineering and upscaling in industry and a barrier to the uptake of promising results of collaborative research projects funded under the FP7 programme.

In 2014, the European Commission RTD Unit in “Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies” therefore launched a cluster initiative with the following aims.

  • Probe current activities for completeness and identify gaps.
  • Help projects to support their individual and common innovation and exploitation activities.
  • Identify obstacles to engineering & upscaling and pathways to overcome them.
  • Support policy making.

With support from Goldbeck Consulting and Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology a survey of more than 100 projects included in the Cluster was conducted in 2014 and a workshop was held in February 2015 in Brussels.

Towards a Roadmap for Engineering and Upscaling,a discussion document of key topics for Engineering & Upscaling has now been published. It summarises findings from the Cluster survey and workshop and identifies barriers, requirements and potential actions in the following areas:

  • Characterisation and testing for engineering and upscaling
  • Pilot lines and manufacturing/processing facilities
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Standards, Certification and Regulatory approval
  • Management of the emerging product towards commercialisation
  • Funding and Financing
  • Brokerage and infrastructure supporting industry and academia relationship.

Interoperability in Multiscale Modeling of Nano-enabled Materials

The European Multi-scale Modelling Cluster is going to hold a workshop on Interoperability in Multiscale Modeling of Nano-enabled Materials 28th – 29th May 2015 at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The workshop program has just been posted, and I look forward to exciting, wide-ranging and in-depth discussion about the way forward on topics such as materials modelling metadata, repositories, a harmonised approach to integration and multiscale modelling platform development and more… Hope to seen many folks there.

Success Stories and Economic Impact of Materials Modelling

In the context of my work with the European Materials Modelling Council, I recently launched a survey to gather success stories and information about the economic impact of materials modelling. The survey aims to build on my previous report which was mainly based on a literature review.The survey is inspired by studies that have been done by IDC in the area of High Performance Computing, in particular their Innovation and ROI Awards. The results of their study show that even without absolutely complete information, a clear picture of the impact emerges as more and more cases are gathered.

Already ten organisations have taken part, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to discuss the initial findings at an international cooperation workshop on multiscale materials modelling organised by the European Commission in September.