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QM-FORMa is a network of world leading experts who can design new materials, using first principles Quantum Mechanics calculations. We are funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Raw Materials.

Using Quantum Mechanics to design materials is a new approach. In practice there is little research into producing new materials because it requires costly, time consuming lab work. Now computers have the capacity to perform sophisticated quantum mechanics calculations – and so can design new materials that are tailored to specific needs.

The potential impact of QM-FORMa’s services is faster innovation rates and better products. Companies can gain a competitive edge finding substitute materials, e.g. copper in brake pads or cobalt in cutting tools.

Therefore, all companies need to act in order to:

  • avoid the risk of being blocked out of markets by competitors who have patents;
  • provide products that have lower health risks;
  • increase the sustainability rating of their supply chains;
  • ensure access to (critical) raw materials.

Material design services are needed by both SMEs and companies. Our experience is that even companies with a large, highly qualified R&D force, often lack the capacity to define the problem as well as set up and perform the calculations.

We aim to work with potential clients, and promotional activities within the EIT RawMaterials consortium, so that:

1. Companies know about the net of infrastructure and can gain access to the services.
2. Companies gain an insight into the value that this service can provide in new product development.

Are you interested in what we can do for you?
Let us walk you through the process.

The case

Do you have an issue concerning the design of a material? Are you insecure of whether your issue can be solved by modelling? Do not worry. Send us an email and explain your problem/question.

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We will meet your research team and help you define your problem. If we find that we can assist you by using modelling techniques, then further meetings can be arranged to understand the problem in more detail, determine what avenue to follow and which partner of the network has the competence that suits your problem best.

Our research teams


Depending on the time-scale for these investigations we can set up quantum mechanical calculations for any material or a series of materials, then calculate specific properties of interest to help you to solve your problem.

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Delivering solutions

By analysing our results we will be able to deliver an answer. Since computer modelling can be viewed as a ‘virtual laboratory’ your solution can be a pre-study over a wide range of materials to narrow down the possibilities to few candidates. The solution of your problem may also be the understanding of a property that can be used to tune your products.

Case stories

A step closer to innovation