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EPSRC Reference: EP/P030246/1
Title: Queen's University Belfast Imaging and Patterning Centre
Principal Investigator: McElnay, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Andor Technology Ltd Causeway Sensors Ltd Messrs Avx/kyocera
Seagate Technology University of Leeds Valpar Industrial Limited
Department: The Vice Chancellors Office
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 April 2017 Ends: 31 March 2018 Value (£): 1,826,476
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fuel Cell Technologies Gas & Solution Phase Reactions
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
18 Jan 2017 Underpinning multi-user equipment Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Queen's University Belfast (QUB) has a proud track record in using microscopy and microfabrication capabilities to both generate world-class academic research and support the needs of local and multinational industry. However, our university-level Field Emission Gun Transmission Electron Microscope (FEGTEM) and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) microscopes are now over 15 years old and rapidly approaching the end of their working lives. There is a pressing need to replace and refresh these instruments and the major part of the equipment fund sought in this application (~£1.5M) will be used for this purpose. The remaining funds (~£360k) will be used to improve our university-level microfabrication facilities, by commissioning a direct-write laser lithography and 3D printing tool with submicron feature resolution capability. Together, the equipment sought will constitute the QUB Imaging and Patterning Centre (IPC) which will run on an open access model (with access priorities and user access fees set by a new IPC management board). QUB already has relevant academic expertise, facility managers and trained technicians to support the running of these machines and advise general users on how they might best help facilitate their research. The IPC will hence be run such that even novice users will be able to apply for (and be granted) facility time and be supported through equipment use and data interpretation.

The new equipment will underpin a large portfolio of ongoing world-class research across Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. In addition, it will act as a cornerstone capability in supporting key aspects of the institutional research strategy for the next decade as it pushes forward its interdisciplinary Global Research Institutes (GRIs) and Pioneering Research Programmes (PRPs).

In this context the IPC will underpin:

(i) materials, catalysis and green chemistry aspects of the largest PRP ("Sustainable Energy": £5 of investment);

(ii) devices and sensors research associated with our GRI in "Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)";

(iii) biomaterials aspects of our PRP in "Advanced Technologies for Healthcare" and

(iv) characterisation of radiation-matter interactions in our PRP "Centre for Applied and Interdisciplinary Radiation Research" (CIARR).

The IPC will also help ensure that we continue to deliver cutting-edge research within relevant conventional academic disciplines defined by our School structures for at least the next decade.

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