Research & Innovation Services

€5 Million ERDF Materials for Energy Efficiency in Transport reaches completion

The University has been part of a successful €5 million ERDF international research consortium, focused on Materials for Energy Efficiency in Transport (MEET), which has now reached completion.

The MEET consortium, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Interreg IV programme, is an Anglo-French collaboration which was launched in July 2011 and has seen 12 meetings and 9 collaborative projects take place, funding a total of 17 postdocs.

Fellow academic collaborators in the UK are the universities of Exeter and Southampton, and in France, the Universities of Caen, South Brittany, and the ISPA institute, a business, education and research centre.

Industry partners within the consortium are Normandie Aerospace; TWI, a global leader in technology engineering; F2N, a Normandy based association of nautical companies; Mov’eo, an independent organisation bringing together automotive and public transport R&D; and Mirrade, a trade organisation to facilitate business and research centres.

The closing event for MEET took place at the University of Exeter Innovation Centre, where 40 academics and industrials gathered to share future developments in transport materials efficiency. This included the eminent scientist Professor Loïc Le Pluart, from the University of Caen, who has been central to MEET’s success.

The consortium has enabled collaborative publication, through partner engagement with companies and international researchers. This has resulted in 41 publications in international peer-review journals, including a publication in Nature Materials, with an impact factor of 36.5, and a publication in Chemical Society Reviews, with an impact factor of 30. Professor Chris Bowen, Bath lead, and Dr Valeska Ting, also from the Faculty of Engineering, are editing a special issue on the topic of Materials for Energy Efficiency in Transport in the journal ‘Materials and Design’.

Bath lead and Professor of Materials, Chris Bowen, says: “We are particularly pleased with the Bath effort from the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in developing new materials for automotive sensors, which involved close collaboration with the University of Caen. The project has provided new international collaborations in both academia and industry to form the basis of future research consortia, with more research publications to come.”

Dr Jon Hunt, Director of the Research and Innovation Services (RIS), who co-developed the bid, says, “Having facilitated our involvement and ongoing support for this programme, I’m very pleased that the outcome has been considered such a success.”

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