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EPSRC Reference: EP/D50239X/1
Title: Optics via cell culture
Principal Investigator: White-Cooper, Professor H
Other Investigators:
O'Brien, Professor DC Booth, Professor M Parker, Professor A
Alphey, Dr L Turberfield, Professor AJ Sheard, Dr SJ
Walmsley, Professor IA Payne, Professor F
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Department: Zoology
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 2005 Ends: 31 October 2006 Value (£): 104,062
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications
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Summary on Grant Application Form
A diversity of optical devices (lenses, reflectors and anti-reflectors) exists in nature, some desirable for industrial applications. We propose a novel project whereby the living cells manufacturing optical devices are identified and cultured, and the optics themselves are farmed in a laboratory. Studies in unrelated fields suggest that this is feasible, but a pilot study is necessary to demonstrate that one optical device can be grown and harvested in the laboratory from a single cell. That is the principal aim within this proposal. It could lay the foundations of a new technology in the optics industry, from where the potential for future projects is considerable. This project would activate the newly formed Oxford Group Researching Optics in Nature.
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