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EPSRC Reference: GR/R45680/01
Title: Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Nanotechnology
Principal Investigator: Welland, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Friend, Professor Sir R Blamire, Professor M Horton, Professor M
Dobson, Professor CM Miles, Professor MJ Fisher, Professor AJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor C Lowe Dr TJ McMaster Professor T Rayment
Professor A Stoneham
Project Partners:
Department: Engineering
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2002 Ends: 31 December 2008 Value (£): 9,837,974
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Cells
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth Medical science & disease
Optical Devices & Subsystems Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Healthcare
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The Universities of Cambridge and Bristol with University College London will establish an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Nanotechnology. The IRC is directed at the very core of nanotechnology and as such will aim to provide an underpinning interdisciplinary activity with the general theme of accurately controlling the physical properties of nanostructures and devices by nanofabrication with single molecule precision. Central to the ethos of the IRC will be the development of research themes and strategies that uniquely combine expertise from currently disparate fields. The consortium will develop the basic tools to organise molecules at the hard/soft interface (the growth of 'soft' molecular structures off 'hard' substrates) by natural and other means, including self-assembly and soft lithography. Characterisation of structural properties of the interface and their inter-relationship with electronic properties is also central, and an appropriate range of tools will be available. This includes scanning-probe methods, optical, fluorescence and electron-beam microscopies, theory and modelling. Such a range of tools and techniques is not found in a single university department, and the purpose of the IRC is to tackle research problems that cut across the traditional divides between all science and engineering disciplines.
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