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.
University of Cambridge makes key contributions to the ICAM in a number of key areas such as the development of new alloys, smarter surfaces for anti-fouling, engineering and chemistry. The former exploit world class capability to design novel alloys capable of operating under demanding environments. University of Cambridge also has world leading expertise in surface science including state of the art modelling and surface analysis methods which 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 strong capability in the molecular modelling of materials across time and length scales. In addition its skills in surface science and characterisation, tribology, corrosion and earth science are supporting several ICAM projects. Imperial is also a world class centre for the non-destructive testing (NDT) of materials.
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign has world leading expertise in surface science, biosciences, materials characterisation, coatings, wear resistant self-organising materials, and materials that can autonomously indicate damage and heal themselves. It is developing new materials that have special value in improving the safe operation and reliability of components and systems where routine inspection is difficult.