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The University of Birmingham is one of the top 100 universities in the world with higher education, research and innovation as its main activities. The Birmingham Surface Engineering Research Group led by Prof. H. Dong within the School of Metallurgy and Materials, which is one of the European materials research centres equipped with world-class materials research facilities, will contribute to the project.

In particular, the University of Birmingham will contribute to the development of tool-surface treatment techniques (WP2) and demonstrationtools (WP4). To this end, a novel of active-screen plasma co-alloying technology will be used to enhance the oxidation and wear resistance and reduce friction coefficient of tool surface; some small dies (< 5.0 mm) for Micro-FAST will be made from special metal/ceramic composite powders using innovative method based on soft moulding and sintering.