ISIS for industrial and commercial customers

Dr Chris Frost
Dr Chris Frost, Industrial Liaison Manager

Neutrons and muons provide powerful tools to solve a range of challenging industrial problems.

We collaborate with a wide range of companies, from SMEs to multinational corporations, with sectors including chemicals and plastics, healthcare, aerospace, transport, manufacturing, automotive and the energy industry.

We offer:

  • consultation with our world leading experts
  • access to world leading instrumentation
  • a fully confidential service

Contact Us

For an informal discussion on what is available, please contact the Industrial Liaison Manager Dr Christopher Frost on +44 (0)1235 445296.

Access for industrial customers

ISIS Collaborative R&D Programme

The main route of for industry to access ISIS is through the Collaborative R&D programme. It allows companies to explore how neutrons or muons could help their research, capitalising on ISIS expertise in carrying out experiments and data analysis. ISIS scientists assist users through the experimental process, and also have an extensive network of contacts in academia. This helps companies wanting to form new collaborations to find people working in their field.

Guidelines for writing an ISIS Collaborative R&D proposal

Requests for ICR&D beam time can be made at any time and will be considered outside the normal ISIS academic peer review process.

Industrial science highlights

How pesticides protect crops
Neutrons could reveal how pesticides protect crops

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Scientists have created a model of a leaf’s waxy surface, similar to those found in wheat crops, in a project supported by the agrochemical company, Syngenta. They are now using the model at ISIS to study how surfactants, a key component in pesticide formulations, interact with the leaf surface to get into the plant and take effect. The results could lead to the fine-tuning of pesticide formulations to further increase crop yields in an attempt to meet the demand of feeding an ever growing global population.

Boeing 767
Optimising machining strategies for Boeing

Friday 08 August 2014

Understanding the development and distribution of residual stresses caused by machining is key to improving machining processes. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), with Boeing, at the University of Sheffield have been using Engin-X at ISIS to study the evolution of residual stresses in AA7050 – an aluminium alloy commonly used in aerospace structures - as it is heated and then machined. This understanding will enable them to reduce non-conformance in the manufacturing process, and significantly reduce costs.

Breaking the Barriers to a solar Future
Breaking the Barriers to a solar Future

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, University of Durham and ISIS in collaboration with Start-up Company Ossila are using neutron reflectometry to look the formation of plastic solar cell films with the goal of developing devices which efficiently harness the power of the sun whilst being cheaper and easier to manufacture than the current silicon solar cells.

Lloyd’s Register provides quality assurance to the marine industry
Building safer ships with Lloyd’s Register

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Ultrasonic peening (UP) is a technique for improving the fatigue performance of welded joints. Little research has been done on how UP-treated welds behave when they are subjected to real world conditions such as compressive overload or variable amplitude loading. Lloyd’s Register provides quality assurance to the marine industry, and they have been using ENGIN-X to investigate UP welded joints in these conditions. Understanding the process and its benefits will allow improved control of fatigue cracking, lower maintenance costs, and extending the life of welded connections in marine and other industries.

European Pressurised Reactor (EPR)
Testing new welding techniques for the nuclear industry with AREVA

Monday 21 July 2014

Introduction of new designs, novel fabrication methods or modifications to existing plant in the nuclear power generation industry are subject to intense scrutiny to ensure that safety is not compromised. Multi-national corporation AREVA has designed the new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) to meet stringent demands for increased safety and reduced cost of electricity generation. A twin EPR power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset is planned and will be constructed using modern welding technology.

Schematic representation of restructuring of α-Fe2O3 precursor
What do you do when the oil runs out? You make it!

Tuesday 06 May 2014

Neutrons have been used to understand Fischer-Tropsch chemistry, an industrial process for generating gasoline and diesel from a variety of carbon sources.

Hydrogen cars could be commercially available in 2015
Helping make hydrogen cars a reality

Tuesday 04 February 2014

Toyota, who hope to release a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2015, have been working with ISIS scientists to address a key challenge: hydrogen loss during cycling.

The Linde Group launches revolutionary carbon nanotube ink with help from ISIS

The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company, has launched SEERe-Ink, a revolutionary ink based on carbon nanotubes for use in flat screen TVs, touchscreens and solar cells.

Robert Jones and David Crosbee from Huddersfield University
Letting the train take the strain

Tuesday 13 August 2013

A consortium of train manufacturers, operators and standards bodies have used Engin-X to understand cracking in train wheels.

Four X-class flares emitted on May 12-14, 2013 Credit: NASA/SDO/GSFC
Solar flares, muons and micro-electronics – what’s the connection?

Friday 17 May 2013

Here on Earth, such spectacular solar flares seem far away but in fact these extra-terrestrial events are a cause for concern in our modern digital world.

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ISIS helps UK magnesium producer with a cracking problem

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Scientists from ISIS have worked in partnership with UK company Magnesium Elektron to solve manufacturing challenges.

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