NPL maintains a wide portfolio of internationally visible research programmes that advances measurement science, underpins the SI system and supports various cross-disciplinary technologies.
NPL undertakes long-term, leading-edge research to develop new and improved measurement methods that will impact on UK future services and products.
Materials technology is vital to industrial competitiveness and innovation across all sectors including healthcare and the environment.
NPL's Biotechnology Group specialises in the measurement of biomolecules and the study of their interactions in solution, at interfaces and inside cells.
NPL provides world-class research, consultancy, calibrations and specialised measurement services in chemical metrology.
The Composites and Polymeric Materials Group use a broad range of measurement technology to understand material behaviour, supporting businesses of all sizes.
Dimensional Metrology at NPL encompasses provision of national measurement standards for dimensional metrology using a variety of techniques.
NPL's multi-disciplinary Electrochemistry team undertakes ground-breaking research in measurement and modelling of electrochemical and charge transfer processes.
NPL maintains one of the world's most comprehensive national capabilities for measuring electromagnetic quantities across the spectrum from DC via RF and microwave up to terahertz frequencies and beyond.
NPL's multidisciplinary team undertakes research in a number of disciplines across interconnect systems.
The Engineered Materials group at NPL use a wide range of techniques to understand product performance and the relationship between a material's properties and structure.
Accurate measurements play a vital role in gauging the scale of anthropogenic and naturally driven effects, pollutant concentrations and the development of strategies to mitigate short and long-term impacts.
We aim to support industry with measurements of piezoelectric, thermoelectric, dielectric and magnetic material properties and maintain our competitive advantage through active involvement in cutting-edge research
Radioactivity and radiation measurements are fundamental in a large group of activities and their use is expanding.
NPL is active in areas of mathematics and scientific computing which support measurement science, with research work carried out in the Mathematics and Modelling for Metrology Programme (MMM).
Measurements of mass, force, pressure, and density are some of the most commonly made in the UK. NPL ensures that these measurements can be made traceable to internationally agreed standards.
In optical science and technology, NPL is directing research effort into science areas which are central to communications, healthcare and climate change.
The Quantum Detection team at NPL focuses on world-leading fundamental research that exploits quantum phenomena and explores new areas of measurement science that could revolutionise modern metrology.
We provide world-class research, calibrations, specialised measurement services and training for the dosimetry of ionising radiation in cancer therapy, diagnostics and industrial sterilisation for medicine and pharmaceutics.
At NPL, our Surface & Nanoanalysis research is focused on innovation, trade, industrial competitiveness and quality of life.
Our experienced team provides world-leading research into the development of innovative sensors, standards and measurement solutions, maintains ITS-90 and delivers calibrations against UK National Standards.
NPL's Thermal Performance team provides a wide range of measurement facilities for characterising thermophysical properties of materials and the heat transfer within engineering structures.
Home of the nation's atomic time scale, NPL is the focus for time and frequency measurements in the UK.
NPL is involved in a wide range of European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) projects across Energy, Industry, Environment, Health, New technologies and the SI Units.
A series of lectures given by NPL scientists or external speakers designed to inspire and inform us about the amazing research done both at NPL and other institutions worldwide.
NPL's commercial services are built on 100 years of leadership in accuracy, innovation and scientific research. Experienced consultants and project managers draw upon a unique combination of industry know-how and world-leading scientific discovery to deliver real-world business solutions and enable innovation and secure competitive advantage.
Our customers cover a wide range of sectors, technologies and applications. You will be amazed at the breadth of our services, built on 100 years of leadership in accuracy, innovation and scientific research. Below we've highlighted some of our sectors.
Experienced consultants and project managers draw upon a unique combination of industry know-how and world-leading scientific discovery to deliver real-world business solutions and enable innovation and secure competitive advantage. Simply use the plus buttons to learn more about a product or service.
NPL Measurement Services are designed to meet the most challenging measurement requirements and to give customers the technical edge needed to be truly world-class.
NPL produces a wide range of case studies highlighting our capability and the sectors we operate in.
A magazine from NPL that explores how the science and technology community in the UK can come together to deliver world class science that can change the way we live our lives and do business, influence government funding and policies while continuing to deliver value for money.
Thanks to NPL Training, the measurement associates are now thinking out of the box. We are already seeing a faster turnaround of measurement activities with higher accuracy and increased confidence. NPL is known for its technical expertise in this area, and can provide the highest level validated training. It's added to our professionalism and improved communication with our suppliers
NPL has provided us with very valuable services, which have helped ensure that our satellites offer the accuracy needed provide our customers with technology they can trust, and remain ahead of our competitors.
BP Exploration has continued to benefit from NPL's world class corrosion testing and modelling capabilities in 2009, and we intend to cooperate even more closely in 2010 and beyond.
We strive to actively promote public awareness and appreciation of science and technology, particularly the importance of measurement and the role of NPL. Here you can find out more about the interesting things we do, science outreach activities you can get involved in or take a look at some of our educational resources.
NEW! A selection of posters for the classroom to support science and maths teaching at primary and secondary schools.
Be amazed by NPL's science.
Our factsheets are designed as a quick introduction to a subject that you can read online or download.
Leap seconds are used to provide a link between the extremely stable time scale based on atomic clocks and the more variable time scale of the solar day.
Here at NPL, atomic clocks keep UK national, and international time ticking. Our scientists are developing ways to measure time ever more accurately. This page links to general information about the world time system, atomic clocks and synchronising UK time.
The NPL online barograph has been recording the pressure in Teddington, UK, since 1st January 1998.
A 6-week course for people interested in science and its impact on our lives.
The NPL Academy gives GCSE and A Level students a real taster of work at the UK's leading measurement research laboratory.
Information on how to build a water rocket and also on entering NPL's annual Water Rocket Challenge.
Find out about measuring reaction times and take the ReactFast challenge.
Stored in a basement at NPL is the UK’s National Standard Kilogram, a copy of the international prototype and the standard for all mass measurements in the UK. But researchers at NPL and elsewhere are working hard to make the international prototype obsolete.
This useful physics handbook produced in association with the Institute of Physics (IoP) is an excellent resource for physics students and teachers.
The Virtual Physical Laboratory (VPLab) software contains over 180 interactive experiments for use by teachers and by pupils individually.
Can you make a great science film? Find out more about NPL's School Science Film Challenge.
The work Alan Turing did on the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) while based at NPL, placed us as one of the world leaders in computing development in the 1940s and 1950s.
An Electron Tree is a small Perspex block which has been internally fractured by electrons escaping through a tiny break in the Perspex's base.
For anyone with an interest in measurement. It aims to facilitate the sharing of measurement knowledge and information between NPL scientists and members of the network, as well as providing a forum for the sharing and exchange of information and advice between members and other measurement experts.
For people involved in the biotechnology and healthcare industries that have an interest in detection, characterisation and measurement.
This special interest group brings together those interested in communication technologies and in electromagnetics.
Reflecting a range of interests from a number of sectors, including advanced manufacturing and engineering, transport and energy.
Providing a focus for those working in the energy sector encompassing fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy technologies.
Established to provide a focus for those whose work involves any aspect of ionising radiation, including dosimetry, radiation and neutron metrology.
For people with an interest in materials and surface analysis, including nano technologies.
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