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EPSRC Reference: EP/C004914/1
Title: The use of MAS-NMR spectroscopy in the structural characterisation of fluorine containing amorphous solid materials
Principal Investigator: Stamboulis, Dr A
Other Investigators:
Fleming, Dr GJ Law, Professor R Hill, Professor R
Holland, Dr D Wood, Professor D Smith, Professor ME
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Department: Metallurgy and Materials
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Overseas Travel Grants Pre-FEC
Starts: 28 February 2005 Ends: 27 August 2005 Value (£): 20,224
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Magic Angle Spinning- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS-NMR) spectroscopy has been extensively used to characterise the structure of amorphous solid materials. The proposed project focuses on the structural characterisation of fluorine containing amorphous solid materials such as ionomer glasses including oxyfluoride glasses by MAS-NMR. The technological applications of these materials are numerous and vary from mould flux glasses for steel casting, to optical glasses for laser applications, to dental materials and also to a diverse range of glass-ceramics based on the fluorine analogues of naturally occurring minerals containing hydroxyl groups. The beneficiaries are both the broader academic and medical community. A group of seven academics from the UK propose to visit Japanese academics and researchers in two research academic centres; the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Kyushu University and in the headquarters of two renowned international dental companies; GC Corporation in Tokyo and Shofu Inc. International in Kyoto. The main objectives are to develop new research collaborations and links with the Japanese hosts, to strengthen existing collaborations with the Japanese hosts, to exchange existing knowledge in the subject via seminars with the aim to facilitate research between the UK participants and the Japanese hosts, to plan future joint projects with the Japanese researchers and finally to open options and possibilities for UK students to be trained and research in Japan in the proposed research area. The UK delegates propose to deliver seminars that represent their research and generally the research in UK in this field and discuss all possibilities for potential collaboration with the Japanese colleagues. Some of the delegates have already established research links with some of the Japanese hosts and the INTERACT visit will significantly help and improve existing research collaborations. A mini colloquium is planned for the end of April 2005 where the experience gained from the visit as well as research developments will be shared with the broader UK scientific community.
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