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Cardiff University research strikes gold with EU money
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Cardiff University researcher Professor Graham John Hutchings has received a top-up EU grant to bring his research in catalyst substances to market. If implemented, his work can reduce production costs in textile and cosmetics.

Professor Hutchings' initial research – also EU funded - analysed the production of hydrogen peroxide, a natural bleaching agent widely used in the textile and paper industry and in cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. The process involves using gold as a catalyst, the component that accelerates a chemical reaction. Professor Hutchings showed how to produce a novel generation of cheaper catalysts that can be used in large-scale manufacturing. The additional EU funding will now enable the scientist and his team to launch a market feasibility study.

    Cardiff University research strikes gold with EU money

    Professor Hitchings is one of 5 UK-based scientists who were selected for additional EU grants to help them bring their research to market.

    Helen Mary Gilbert, Royal Holloway and Bedford College, focused on performing arts (like theatre, film and dance) to decipher how indigeneity is expressed in the globalised modern world.

    Steven Patrick Nolan, The University Court of St Andrews University, also looked into catalysis processes with potential applications for the production of polymers and fine chemicals or for application in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Neil Hunt, Strathclyde University, explored the basic mechanisms of how biological molecules react and change structure.

    Mandayam Srinivasan, University College London, research aimed to design robots that will enable a user to explore, manipulate and assemble minuscule objects.

    The top-up EU grants – Proof of Concept – provide up to GBP 128,000 (Euro 150,000) over one year to bridge the gap between core research and its market applications. They can be used for things like intellectual property rights, technical validation of results or for investigating the commercial and business applications.


    More on EU funding for frontier research

    More on the initial research projects:

    Graham John Hutchings, Cardiff University, Addressing global sustainability challenges by changing perceptions in catalyst design

    Helen Mary Gilbert, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Contemporary Indigenous Performance: Resources for Cross-cultural Dialogues

    Steven Patrick Nolan, The University Court of the University of St Andrews, Fundamental studies in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis

    Neil Hunt, University of Strathclyde, Optimisation of Bio-inspired Gel Scaffolds for Hydrogen Production

    Mandayam Srinivasan, University College London - TouchCell Telehaptic Micromanipulator System


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    Last update: 05/02/2013  |Top