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Sector focus: Academia

Art of Ceramics

Goodfellow provided high performance and advanced ceramics for a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Spanning from the nineteenth century to present day the exhibition displays the impact of ceramic use on health and hygiene applications in domestic and medical settings. Read more

Science and Industry museum

Given a relationship that stemmed back to 2015, when Goodfellow provided materials for the Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond exhibition, museum staff once again contacted the Goodfellow technical team with a request for materials for their latest science workshop. Read more

Sector focus: Art & Design

Jordan Keaney - Coda

Traditional ceramic material is hard, stiff, heavy and solid. However, in the design sector there is a requirement for materials which are flexible and versatile. Foam material tends to be lightweight, soft, squishy and airy. When the two are put together to produce ceramic foam it enables the material to be incorporated into furniture design for homes. Read more

Sector focus: Metal Foams

Nickel foam provided by Goodfellow was used as a scaffold template for the creation, through chemical vapour deposition (CVD), of graphene foam. The design of graphene-based hybrid nanomaterials for photocatalytic applications is one of the most promising areas of research in the field of water remediation. Read more

Sector focus: 3D Printing

Additive Flow

In traditional additive manufacturing (AM) methods, there have always been constraints in terms of what materials can be used. Additive manufacturing capable of building functional multi-material components has been a key challenge in recent years. The solution lies in Additive Flow’s multi-functional software, with multi-property capabilities, driven by a multi-physics approach. Read more

Additive Manufacturing (AM)

Material constraints and diversity are major barriers to turning 3D printing into a production process. Goodfellow has a growing line of additive manufacturing (AM) raw materials and is continually increasing its production supply with the advancement of constantly evolving AM technology for more than three decades. Read more

Sector focus: Aerospace

Platinum wires

Goodfellow supplied platinum wires to aid an aerospace project. The Cassini-Huygens project was the first human-made object to land on a world in the distant outer solar system. Read more

Light guides

PMMA light guide supplied by Goodfellow on an aerospace project has helped to identify charged particles as part of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) on board the International Space Station. Read more

Satellites and engines

Goodfellow has provided bespoke alloys for use by a world-leading aerospace manufacturer focused on satellites and engines. The client develops, produces and sells engines for commercial and military aircraft and satellites as well as offering a complete range of support services to airlines, armed forces and other operators, including fleet management. Read more

Sector focus: Automotive

Goodfellow provided the materials necessary for the development of an electric race car in the Formula Student project, which is an international engineering design competition comprising hundreds of teams across the world. These teams competed with their vehicles at a series of international events. With 8 cars in the portfolio, Goodfellow supported the development of the two latest prototypes, the FST 07e and FST 08e. Read more

Sector focus: Defence

Wire provided by Goodfellow has been applied in the development of technical devices for the Defence sector. The components of these electrical devices are used by the army in a number of countries around Europe for different tactical applications. The quantities of the materials used were a few kilometres of wire. Read more

Sector focus: Healthcare

Early 2020 saw the beginning of a global pandemic, and though devastating, the outbreak has brought together businesses and organisations to achieve a common cause: protecting and caring for people around the world. Since then, Goodfellow has offered its support to several international initiatives in the fight against COVID-19. Read more

Sector focus: Manufacturing

Custom glass formations

The characteristics of glass provide the basis for the development of innovative glass formulations that can result in novel solutions to high-tech challenges. Goodfellow has thorough knowledge of glass formulations which is required for the raw materials to be used. Read more


The client applies innovation with its projects and has core skills in measurement, motion control, healthcare, spectroscopy and manufacturing. Goodfellow has built a strong relationship with this client which has stemmed from providing both high quality and accurately measured materials for more than three decades. Read more


Pulsating Heat Pipe

PMMA Light Guide

Photograph courtesy of PHOS team, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy.

The image shows Goodfellow aluminium pipes mounted inside an experiment to characterise the performance of a pulsating heat pipe in very low gravity (milli-g) environments. Pulsating heat pipes function by means of the specific distribution of vapor bubbles and liquid "slugs" within very thin capillary tubes, which then act as pumps. The technology is high performance, low cost and benefits from simple construction. A critical parameter of the construction is the internal and external diameter of the aluminium tubes supplied by Goodfellow.


Energy absorption

Video submitted by James Hatherell, Birmingham (UK).

This video shows aluminium honeycomb as supplied bv Goodfellow to the University of Birmingham being tested at the Transport Research Laboratory for its energy absorption characteristics as part of the lightweight nose cone structure of a student race car.

Formula Student is an international student engineering competition with Class 1 cars competing to similar rules as those used in Formula SAE in the USA. Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car.

Particle Physics

High purity gold target

High Purity Gold Target

Photograph submitted by A Pendzick, Upton, NY (USA).

This image shows the installation of a fixed high purity gold target supplied by Goodfellow reflecting light in the vacuum chamber of the Solenoid Tracker at RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This target will be used to study low energy gold on gold collisions, looking for the transition from normal matter to a quark-gluon plasma.