The MATERIALS Processing Institute in Middlesbrough has invested in a state-of-the-art machine that can analyse the composition of almost anything.

The X-ray fluorescence spectrometer was purchased from SciMed, in Stockport, and is housed in the Materials Characterisation Centre at the Institute. The spectrometer will initially be used to support three main areas of research, including an InnovateUK funded project to develop new high-grade road surfacing material.

The spectrometer, which can look into virtually any inorganic material, will also support ongoing research into furnace efficiency and work to recover zinc from the steelmaking process.

The investment is part of £22m awarded last March by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, as part of the PRISM five-year research and innovation programme.

Chris McDonald, Chief Executive of the Institute, said: “The investment in state-of-the-art scientific equipment, and in the training of our staff in their use, reflects the Material Processing Institute’s position at the cutting edge of research. It is essential this country continues to establish a technological lead in the transformation of our foundation industries, including steel and metals.”


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