Adept Project: Aiming to enhance the UK’s manufacturing capability of nanoscale components using chalcogenides

The goal of the ADEPT project is to advance state-of-the-art component design and electrodeposition to operate on the nanoscale level. This could transform the technical capabilities of thermoelectric materials, infrared detectors and phase change materials.


In order for the UK to meet the rapidly growing demands for more advanced thermoelectric materials, infrared detectors and phase change materials for computer memory, electronic components must become smaller, faster and more efficient. It is therefore essential maximise industry exposure of this technology and to create greater opportunities for technology transfer.


To support the project, a full day meeting was held at St Mary’s Football Stadium in Southampton to explore the cutting edge of chalcogenides research in the UK. It was attended by academics and industry experts in energy harvesting, detector technology and phase change memory for computing applications.

Through the meeting, a greater exposure of the research
was achieved. This was by communicating to academic and industry experts that producing structures at the
nanoscale could enhance their observed effects an
enable the production of smaller, faster and higher
density components. Work is currently underway to form collaborations with academics and industry experts with aligned research interests.

KCMC support:
KCMC supported the project by using its established
network of contacts to promote the attendance of
companies with aligned interests at the meeting -
facilitating industry collaborations. KCMC also provided ongoing assistance with the planning and marketing
behind the meeting.

The project is ongoing and will be complete in Q1 2020.