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Materials Innovation Centre

Materials Innovation Centre

Materials [Metallic and Alloys] Innovation Centre, set up by The University of Leicester at the end of 2016. 

The Materials (Metallic and Alloys) Innovation Centre (MatIC) is a long term strategic partnership between TWI and The University of Leicester, one of the world’s top universities, which will focus on materials characterisation and novel materials development.

MatIC will create a shared research and technology capability specialising in small and full-scale materials testing in harsh environments.

MatIC’s aim is to be a world-leading metal research centre, specialising in new experimental techniques and models to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying cracking and defect formation during welding, casting and metal 3D printing.


  •  Create a specialised research and technology capability at TWI headquarters in Cambridge
  • Undertake joint research programmes
  • Secure a portfolio of research funding from external sponsors such as H2020 and Innovate UK
  • Develop technology map of the University’s future needs in consideration of TWI’s Industrial Members
  • Access new markets and networks via TWI Industrial Members

Core areas 

  • Materials behaviour 
  • Physical metallurgy of welding
  • Materials performance 
  • Materials analysis
  • Failure mechanism of weldments
  • Computational mechanics
  • Material process modelling