Morgan Advanced Materials Launches Carbon Science Centre of Excellence with Penn State
Despite specializing in carbon science materials, the Carbon Science Centre of Excellence will also be utilized by Morgan Advanced Materials’ wider businesses.
Morgan Advanced Materials has opened the doors to its new multi-million-dollar Carbon Science Centre of Excellence (CoE) research and development facility at Penn State University. The CoE, which is a collaboration between the manufacturer and the university, will pioneer research into carbon materials and technologies.
Located at the Penn State Innovation Park, Morgan’s CoE is close to the university staff, students and facilities. Penn State’s reputation as a world-renowned institution for carbon and materials science-focused research, along with its collaborative approach to working with business, were reportedly key when choosing a partner for the project. The partnership brings together resources, experience and knowledge from both sides, with researchers and scientists on site.
Despite specializing in carbon science materials, the CoE will also be utilized by Morgan’s wider businesses. To date, it has also become the home of research projects for the company’s Thermal Ceramics, Technical Ceramics, and Braze Alloys businesses.
“We’re incredibly proud to have launched this ground-breaking Centre of Excellence with Penn State,” said Mike Murray, chief technology officer at Morgan Advanced Materials. “It marks an important milestone in both organizations’ history, as we both strive for excellence and understanding of the properties and uses of carbon. With brilliant science minds on our doorstep, we hope the synergies created between us can accelerate our engineering and solutions for our customers, while benefitting more and more industries going forward.”
The CoE will closely support work being undertaken in Morgan’s Electrical Carbon and Seals and Bearings businesses. One of the key projects will be developing electrified rail products, including the carbon current collectors used in pantographs at the top of train carriages to connect to overhead wires. Electrified rail is a growing global market as economies seek environmentally clean public transportation options for rapidly expanding population centres.
“The work undertaken at our facility with Morgan will truly be revolutionary,” said Neil Sharkey, vice president of Research for Penn State University. “The electrified rail carbon strips that Morgan is already working on, for example, will change how train transport works, making it safer, more reliable and decrease down time.
"Our partnership with Morgan places us at the forefront of developing new methodologies in line with Morgan’s mission and values as well as our own. Their existing expertise and insights will help our researchers and students turn new ideas into commercially viable solutions. The Centre itself is a huge attraction for other businesses to join the Innovation Park, furthering job creation and economic development in Pennsylvania.”