The manufacturing and processing of metals to form components is one of the largest industrial sectors and accounts for 46 per cent of all manufactured value. Key to future success is the introduction of new metal alloys that are designed and processed in a resource efficient manner. In recent years, alloy design has moved from the informed trial and error approach to one of sophisticated computational alloy and process design.

The “Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency” (DARE) Workshop will explain how it is contributing towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy to reduce its reliance on strategic metals and minimise waste through the development of new metal alloys. The DARE Programme will hold our final symposium over two days at Halifax Hall in Sheffield, giving a snapshot of state-of-the-art resource efficient alloy design.

Presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Alloy design from first principals through to experimental validation;
  • Resource efficient high strength, formable alloys;
  • Resource efficient net shape manufacturing technologies;
  • Processing recycled alloys to useful products.

The conference fee includes a drinks reception and dinner on the evening of 11 February; details of the programme can be found below:

Programme 2020 conference


Registration: please click here to register.

Sponsored student places: Please note that all student conference places sponsored by Royce@Sheffield have now been allocated.

Directions to the venue can be found on the hotel website.


Delegates who have booked accommodation at the hotel should ask for a parking permit when checking in; delegates wishing to park each day at the hotel should print this parking permit and display it on the dashboard of their vehicle.


Details about accommodation at the University or within Sheffield can be found at this link.





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This symposium aims at reporting the results of the Innovate UK-Ministry of Science and Technology China project entitled “Increasing bearing life by combining a novel manufacturing bearing steel process with multiscale modelling techniques”. The project combines academic groups at Lancaster University (LU), University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), and the China Iron and Steel Research Institute (CISRI), together with industries such as SKF and Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel (JXSS).  Future work based on the adoption of the results by industry will also be discussed.

Programme details can be found here



For registration details please email Professor Pedro Rivera:





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Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunities in the study of Corrosion of Metals


Two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the study of the corrosion of metals; one at Imperial College and one at Kings College London.  The closing dates are 26 September 2017 & 12 October 2017 respectively and further details can be found at the links below:


Imperial College London                                                      Kings College London

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Full Programme for DARE Annual Symposium 2017 now available


The partners of “Designing Alloys for Resource Efficiency – DARE” are pleased to announce the full programme for the DARE Annual Symposium 2017, a copy of which can be found below.

This year we will have keynote speakers from TU Delft, Timet UK, Magnesium Elektron UK, TWI Ltd & Rolls-Royce plc, in addition to presentations from some our partners and early-career researchers.

We look forward to seeing you there on 7th& 8th September; you can register for the event here.


Programme 2017



The post code for the Rolls Royce Learning & Development Centre is DE24 9JQ and directions can be found in the attached document .

If travelling by rail to Derby it is approximately 10 minutes by taxi to the Venue.  If travelling by car please park at the Yellow car park and walk to the Venue from there (approximately 2 mins).  If you require a disabled parking space please email who will arrange this on your behalf.


Travel from Sheffield

We have booked a 36 seat coach to take delegates travelling from Sheffield to the venue at Rolls-Royce; further details and times can be found below; tickets can be purchased via this link.


Coach travel


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Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) Showcase in the European Parliament

On 27th June 2015, the AREC team, led by Professor Lenny Koh, showcased its research and impact at the ‘Pathways to Global Policy, Industry and Societal Impact on Resource Efficiency and Sustainability event at the European Parliament, Brussels.

The event was hosted by John Procter, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, through the White Rose Brussels group, and attended by policy makers, industry representatives and academics. The main aims of the event were to present the impact of AREC’s research and develop potential future connections to further extend AREC’s impact reach.

Continue reading Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) Showcase in the European Parliament

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DARE PhD student to work with leading academic at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Guy Skinner, a PhD student based at Kings College London and a member of the  DARE programme, has been offered a summer internship with Professor John Moriarty of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

This opportunity came as a result of personal communication with John Moriarty regarding the Generalised Pseudopotential Theory (GPT) he developed, which enabled Guy to subsequently develop his own mathematical model for use in the DARE research theme “Magnesium Alloys less dependent on Rare Earth additions”.

During his internship Guy will be working with John Moriarty on the creation of novel Mg-Ca, Mg-Li pair potentials using GPT. These will be used to simulate the energetics of defects and interfaces in these alloy systems with DFT-like accuracy.

We look forward to hearing more about Guy’s research activities in the US on his return in the autumn.

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Announcement of DARE Annual Symposium 2017 – “Alloy Design – A Resource Efficient Approach 3”


We are pleased to announce that our third annual symposium will take place over two days on 7&8 September 2017 at Rolls-Royce Learning & Development Centre, Derby. Further details about the topics and registration can be found here.


Start and end times are as follows:

7 September:

Registration & coffee:                                                            10:00 – 10:30

Results of poster competition and drinks reception:         18:00 – 19:00 


8 September:

Coffee:                                                                                      9:00 – 9:30

Lunch:                                                                                      12:30 – 13:30


A detailed programme plus joining instructions will be posted on the website over the next few weeks.




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