BP Invests $100m in Advanced Materials for Oil and Gas Industry

august 20 2012

BP is to establish a $100 million research centre to lead work aimed at advancing the use of advanced materials across a variety of oil and gas industrial applications. One focus will be structural materials such as new metal alloys and composites.

The BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) will be modeled on a 'hub and spoke' structure, with the ‘hub’ located within the UK University of Manchester’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The 'spokes' and other founder members are the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London in the UK, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US.

The BP-ICAM will carry out research into seven primary areas – structural materials, smart coatings, functional materials, catalysis, membranes, energy storage and energy harvesting – with the initial focus on:

Structural materials such as new metal alloys and composites for deepwater production and high pressure/high temperature reservoirs.

Smart coatings, for increased protection from the elements and improving a structure’s usable life, protecting pipelines and offshore platforms from corrosion; and membranes and other structures for separation, filtration and purification of oil and gas, water and chemicals in production, refining and biofuels processes and petrochemicals.

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