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2nd May 2024
NPL and CERN partner to work on nuclear tech

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Laboratory for Particle Physics - CERN, to participate in its neutron time-of-flight facility (n_TOF) situated in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Aerospace & Defence
24th April 2024
NPL and ESA collaborate to develop next-gen PNT technologies

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working in collaboration with the European Space Agency's (ESA) Navigation Innovation Support Programme (NAVISP) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to develop the next generation of Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies.

News & Analysis
14th March 2024
NPL launches three new Innovation Nodes to develop time-critical technologies

Today marks the inauguration of the first out of three innovation nodes by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), aiming at the integration of accurate and precise timing in the development of new technologies and products across various sectors such as transport, telecommunications, fintech, and quantum.

15th February 2024
NPL and Samsung Institute offer insights into blue OLED performance

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces with the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) to conduct a study aimed at understanding the degradation processes of blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), with their findings published in Nature Communications.

News & Analysis
17th January 2024
New NPL neutron facility boosts UK’s research capabilities

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has announced a new neutron measurement facility that will play a critical role in the safe and secure operation and continued development of the UK’s nuclear energy, defence, and fusion research sectors.

Quantum Tech
13th December 2023
NPL next-gen quantum comms measurement breakthrough

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a new technique to test and measure the performance of next-generation optical fibre interconnects for quantum communication networks.

News & Analysis
3rd November 2023
The NPL and partners launch Quantum Standards Network Pilot

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), in collaboration with government and industry partners, has launched a UK Quantum Standards Network Pilot to ensure the UK is at the forefront of establishing global standards for quantum.

News & Analysis
10th October 2023
Automated monitoring for nuclear Small Modular Reactors

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Rolls-Royce SMR have partnered on a new project to investigate safe automated reactor operation for nuclear-powered Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).

2nd August 2023
UK optical clock to contribute to determining International Atomic Time

A major milestone towards the redefinition of the second has been achieved by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with the first inclusion of a UK optical frequency standard (NPL-Sr1) in the determination of International Atomic Time (TAI).

News & Analysis
23rd May 2023
Colliding electrons to develop quantum components

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have performed controlled collision of single electrons in a semiconductor chip.

15th June 2022
Improving the accuracy of international standards for graphene

The results of the first international comparison of the measurement of graphene have been published in 2D Materials, led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK, through the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) and in collaboration with institutes from around the world.

Alternative Energy
27th April 2022
The NPL is supporting a net-zero energy grid

Scientists at the NPL (National Physical Laboratory) are working with industrial partners to develop and deliver the next generation of measurement techniques to support the electricity grid in achieving net zero targets.

17th July 2019
UK companies need to upskill STEM to support innovation

The Times recently reported that there is a STEM skills gap in the UK. Manufacturing, engineering and the supply chain are becoming increasingly digitalised, and it has become difficult for the workforce to keep up. Handling the data behind these processes requires specific skills that are in demand by employers who are attempting to close that gap. Su Loftus, Head of Training Products at the National Physical Laboratory explains.

Component Management
11th July 2017
Method for 2D materials could lead to smarter devices

A world-first nonDestructive quality control method from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has enabled Oxford Instruments to commercialise wafer-scale fabrication technology for 2D material MoS2. The demand for miniaturisation of electronics, such as smartphones, wearables and the IoT devices, is continuing to grow, but the industry is now reaching the scaling limit for traditional silicon materials.

Test & Measurement
14th September 2016
Improving the commercial viability of printed circuits

Using Raman spectroscopy, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has developed a new, non-destructive method of measuring the three dimension orientation of molecules in an organic semiconductor transistor. This will create a new, faster and more flexible method of measuring the efficiency of electrical conductivity in a printed circuit.

16th August 2016
Technique takes 3D thermal images of satellites

Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a technique for taking 3D thermal images of satellites. The technique is being developed for prospective use at the European Space Agency's (ESA) largest vacuum facility, the Large Space Simulator (LSS). The measurements will better allow measurement data to be compared with thermal models, verifying their accuracy.

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