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Materials Innovation Centre

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, focusing on materials characterisation and novel materials development. 

MatIC has created 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 maps 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