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Reference Number EP/Y035453/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Superconductivity: Enabling Transformative Technologies
Status Started
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 80%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 20%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor A Carrington
No email address given
University of Bristol
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2024
End Date 30 September 2032
Duration 99 months
Total Grant Value £6,018,760
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region South West
Programme EPSRC Training Grants
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor A Carrington , Physics, University of Bristol (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr J. H. Durrell , Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr AI Coldea , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor FM Grosche , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor S Speller , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor S Hayden , Physics, University of Bristol (0.001%)
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Abstract The aim of this Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is to equip students with essential interdisciplinary skills needed by industry and to deliver cutting edge research in the area of superconductivity. The unique properties of superconducting materials mean that they can deliver revolutionary technologies which will help to decarbonize our energy production and improve healthcare. Superconductors are also an essential component in many quantum devices such as those used for quantum computing.The promise of limitless carbon free power promised by magnetically confined plasma nuclear fusion reactors can only be realised using superconducting magnets. Other major applications under development, which also will contribute to reducing carbon emissions include superconducting cables for electrical power transmission, light and powerful motors and generators for electric and hybrid power aircraft, superconducting magnetically levitating trains and high efficiency generators for wind-power generators. Development, manufacture, and deployment of these technologies needs people with the skills our CDT will deliver.Superconductors are also an essential component in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines used for medical diagnosis and this forms the majority of the current £7 billion per annum market in superconductors that is projected to double by 2030. Development of improved superconducting materials will transform MRI both in terms of reducing cost and thereby availability and enabling higher magnetic field strengths that increase resolution and enhanced diagnostic capabilities.We will capitalize on the UK's established leadership in superconductivity through the development of a CDT with cohort-based training that will engender teamwork and an interdisciplinary approach in close collaboration with industry and international research facility partners. This is crucial to drive the development of these groundbreaking superconducting technologies and to empower our graduates with the combination of technical and personal skills sought after by industry.The CDT brings together graduate superconductivity training in the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge across their Physics, Material Science, Engineering and Chemistry departments. The CDT is created in partnership with 26 industrial companies, international research institutions and other educational institutions. Our training programme includes lecture-based learning, extensive practical training in relevant techniques and experimental methods as well as real-world experience at implementing the knowledge gained within projects based at one of our partners.The CDT will form a nucleus for the UK superconductivity community offering training and networking opportunities to those outside of the CDT.

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