Science and Technology Facilities Council
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Micro-Nanotech partnership to boost UK innovation
UK leaders in micro and nano-technology will provide businesses with unrivalled access to expertise and facilities through a new business alliance announced recently. This new partnership will support innovation across a wide variety of industrial sectors that impact on our lives from medical diagnostics to defence and security, and from space exploration, to consumer electronics.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the University of Glasgow and Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd (KNT) have formed Kelvin-Rutherford, a new venture combining their extensive resources to provide a complete nanotechnology service; delivering seamless support from device design through computer simulations to fabrication and evaluation in preparation for mass-production.
“Nanotechnology underpins many areas of science and innovation, and the new Kelvin-Rutherford partnership has the breadth and depth to significantly advance the development of exciting and innovative technologies in this area. Through this partnership, STFC aims to offer many more businesses the opportunities to benefit from breakthroughs in nanotechnology."
“I am delighted that Glasgow will be widening access for UK industry to its unrivalled nanofabrication expertise and facilities through the Kelvin-Rutherford partnership. We are convinced that Kelvin-Rutherford will increase the economic impact made by a branch of science and technology for which the UK has a world-leading reputation.”
“We are delighted to announce the formation of this new enterprise that combines the capabilities of the three partners to provide an unparalleled nanotechnology offering to UK businesses. The benefits gained through our collective technologies, expertise and business networks will provide a route for UK companies to rapidly enhance their products and services while building higher value IP.”
Notes to Editors
STFC has long established itself at the cutting edge of international science and hosts large-scale facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, Daresbury Laboratory, and Chilbolton. STFC is host to the UK’s fastest supercomputer, capable of more than a thousand trillion calculations per second. This, combined with the expertise to develop dedicated software, provides an ideal platform on which to run high-performance nano-technology modeling and simulation. STFC works with the academic and industrial communities sharing its expertise in a range of technologies including computational science, materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.