ExtreMat is an Integrated Project, co-funded by the European Community under the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.  The project aims to develop materials for extreme environments in various application fields including nuclear fusion and advanced fission reactors, aerospace and high power electronics.
The project consortium comprises 37 institutions from 12 EU countries in a multi-sectorial approach involving universities, research centres and industrial companies. ExtreMat research comprises the areas “Self-passivating protection materials”, “Heat sink materials”, “Radiation-resistant materials” and “Materials system engineering” The project is coordinated by the Max Planck Institute in Munich.
ATL are working towards the development of plasma facing materials and diffusion barrier layers for fusion reactors; interlayers for joining dissimilar materials; oxidation resistant coatings for aerospace and coatings on metal matrix composite fillers for improved thermal conductivity in electronic substrates.

ATL’s involvement includes a variety of known CVD products and the development of new techniques. The coatings being used include erbium oxide, rhenium, tungsten, silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminium, tungsten silicide and other diffusion coatings involving aluminium and silicon.

More detailed information on the project can be found on the project website www.extremat.org