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Analysis
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.

Optoelectronics
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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