Syed A. M. Tofail

Syed A. M. Tofail

Syed A. M. Tofail

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Limerick and member of Bernal Institute

Syed A. M. Tofail is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Ireland and a member of Bernal Institute of the same University. He received an M.Sc. in Engineering and a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). After receiving a Ph.D. in Physics in 2002 from the University of Limerick, Ireland, he conducted a postdoctoral fellowship on surface characterization using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular modelling. He has used first-principle design of materials and interfaces for developing piezoelectric hydroxyapatite, radiopaque NiTi alloys, antimicrobial textiles, anti-encrustation stents and drug-eluting stents. Tofail is one of the co-inventors of super-resolution chemical imaging using infrared absorption. His research interest focuses on converging science towards innovative solutions in therapeutic devices, high resolution spectro-microscopy and imaging.

Abstract Title: The European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC): Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe


The objective of the workshop is to give a comprehensive overview of the EMCC initiative and promote a fruitful discussion on the current main challenges related to Materials Characterisation for the European industry.

The scope of the workshop is to bring together multiple stakeholders in the communities of materials characterisation, modelling and manufacturing, to share ideas and discuss on key, strategic, future actions that are needed to strengthen materials characterisation in Europe, in particular regarding its pivotal role in supporting innovation in the nano-manufacturing industry.

Materials characterisation is a fundamental driver for innovation. A research survey conducted by the EMCC showed that 95% of EU funded projects apply metrology and characterisation techniques to support material upscaling for industrial applications.

Interested stakeholders, however, experience only limited and difficult access to characterisation infrastructure, sophisticated techniques, and specialised skill-sets. Often, industry is either not aware of or not in a position to utilise the latest technological solutions that could lead to innovative materials and improved processes. In addition, and to the detriment of the entire innovation chain, stakeholders are isolated from each other. These lacunae pose huge barriers also to the growth of the European industry of characterisation instruments, which comprises both SMEs and manufacturers of analytical equipment. The current situation calls for increased sharing of and access to data and knowledge and for a system that connects characterisation needs and competences.

Within this complex framework, the EMCC has a key and timely role to play. The EMCC has been working to develop the first European Roadmap for Materials Characterisation, where the most urgent actions are put forward, in terms of technology advances required by the European industry and in terms of efforts to establish a more favourable environment for materials research and development, upscaling and production at European level.

WORKSHOP 2: Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe