Sub-programme B: Materials in extreme operating conditions

Coordinator: Pekka Pohjanne, VTT (FI) & Deputy: Martin Roeb, DLR (DE)

The transition to a low carbon future is a big challenge, which requires innovative materials,
technologies and systems. Emerging energy technologies require materials combining properties such as high thermal stability, corrosion resistance, sufficient strength and creep resistance at extreme temperatures, thermomechanical stability, specific thermal conductivity, in some case specific reactivities etc. Cost effectiveness of these materials, on the other hand, is another key issue. Among others, long-term stable construction materials and/or functional materials like catalysts or redox materials for the following applications are considered:

  • Demanding combustion processes including new fuels and higher process temperatures for
    significant increase of Carnot-based efficiency
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies to strike global warming
  • Concentrated solar power and process heat
  • High temperature processes for CO2 neutral fuel production and processing
  • Facing Plasma Components (FPCs) in fusion reactors (Tokamaks).

The AMPEA sub-programme "Materials for extreme operating conditions" will focus on three activity areas:

  • Materials development and shaping and smart integration of materials into component
  • Characterization and testing of materials and devices in operating conditions,
  • Development of computational tools for optimal material design and screening
  • Development of multiscale simulation and modelling approaches for sound life time


Pekka Pohjanne SP coordinator
VTT, Norway