ICAM partners

BP, the investor supporting the development of ICAM, is one of the world's leading integrated oil and gas companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving, and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging. In addition to its financial investment, BP brings leadership, expertise and research experience in the energy sector to the consortium.

The University of Manchester is well renowned for world-leading expertise in the structural, smart coatings, imaging and characterisation and functional materials areas. This materials expertise is underpinned by The University of Manchester’s capability in whole life design, materials performance in extreme environments, materials and environmental surveillance, and corrosion engineering.

The University of Cambridge makes key contributions to ICAM in two areas: the development of new alloys, and smarter surfaces for anti-fouling. The former exploits Cambridge’s world class capability to design novel alloys capable of operating under the extreme conditions of pressure, temperature and environment needed for increasingly difficult-to-access reservoirs. State of the art modelling and surface analysis methods are used to understand the surfaces on which fouling occurs and help to deliver novel mitigation strategies.

Imperial College London has distinctive expertise in membranes and other adsorbent technologies for separations, and has capability in the molecular modelling of materials across all scales. In addition its skills in surface science and characterisation, tribology and corrosion science are used in several ICAM projects on Surface Interactions. Imperial College London is also a world class centre in the Non-Destructive Testing of materials.

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign has world leading expertise in developing materials that can autonomously heal themselves, and is developing new materials which have special value in improving the safe operation of components and systems where routine inspection is difficult.