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EPSRC Reference: EP/S017615/1
Title: University of Bath proposal for Capital Equipment Award in support of Early Career Researchers
Principal Investigator: Knight, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Lubben, Dr AT Shokrani Chaharsooghi, Dr A Eslava, Dr S
Maskell, Dr D
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Department: Vice Chancellor's Office
Organisation: University of Bath
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 October 2018 Ends: 31 March 2020 Value (£): 275,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Building Ops & Management Catalysis & Applied Catalysis
Design & Testing Technology Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Jul 2018 Capital Award in Support of ECR Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This is a funding request to purchase three items of equipment to support the development and training of the next generation of research scientists. The instrumentation we propose to buy has been identified by our early career cohort at the University of Bath, and will play a significant role in enhancing their research and career progression. The equipment has been chosen because it is absent from our materials characterisation tool box, and is applicable across a wide range of disciplines, benefitting a diversity of early career researchers, both now and in the future. One example use case is given below for each of the techniques we have selected to invest in with this funding:

1) Gas Chromatography mass spectrometry with thermal desorption capability

This can be used to analyse the chemical composition of air, improving our understanding of how emissions from construction materials contribute to indoor air quality and our health.

2) Chemisorption Analyser

This is used to better characterise and understand catalysts in reaction studies. It will allow us to look at interactions between the novel materials and various gases in order to optimise the catalysts for maximum effectiveness and stability in reactions.

3) 3D Microscope

This microscope allows us to take a detailed look at the surface of materials to identify and study microscopic surface defects such as micro-cracks. Micro-cracks can be devastating in many materials such as aerospace components and medical implants, where issues cannot easily be rectified, and minute defects can have major repercussions. By in-depth investigations of the materials and the impact of any manufacturing processes we aim to significantly reduce this failure rate.

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