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EPSRC Reference: EP/K030760/1
Title: Small Items of Research Equipment at Imperial College London
Principal Investigator: Bradley, Professor DD
Other Investigators:
Alford, Professor N Rose, Professor S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Physics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 November 2012 Ends: 31 March 2013 Value (£): 431,837
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Optical Devices & Subsystems Synthetic biology
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Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal seeks investment in key items of small research equipment to support early career researchers from across the engineering and physical sciences domains. It is targeted specifically at key research strengths, focussing in particular on equipment supporting strategic priority areas of relevance to the Energy, Manufacturing the Future, Digital Economy and Healthcare Technology themes, and areas highlighted as 'grow' and 'maintain' in the EPSRC portfolio.

Across these priority areas we have identified three overarching requirements for small scale equipment - Measuring (characterisation and imaging), Modelling (mathematical and computational modelling) and Making (the fabrication and manufacture of devices and components). For example, we need imaging and analytical equipment to measure and to characterise, computational hardware (often small scale or purchase of cores on our central computing facilities) to perform modelling, and finally we need equipment to fabricate precursors, intermediates and devices.

Key areas that will benefit from the investments in small scale equipment include:


- Imaging

- Electrical characterisation

- Mechanical testing/ Biomechanical properties / Bio-Tribology

- Fluid Mechanics

- Time-resolved spectroscopy for shock physics

Manufacture and fabrication

- Nanoscale film deposition

- Chemical Synthesis

- Plastic Electronics

- Chemical Biology

- Synthetic Biology.

Modelling and computation across engineering and physical science domains.

The provision of training for ECRs on new equipment and facilities is an important element of this proposal, and this will be undertaken by experienced technical staff and research officers. In addition to ensuring that facilities are used appropriately, the availability of training will widen the pool of ECRs using the equipment.

Our preparation for this proposal has included a survey of early career researchers, which provided a detailed picture of the requirements for small equipment. If successful in this application, the next step will be a light-touch review of requests, followed by allocation and spend of funds within the specified timeline. The upgraded equipment made possible by this award will be made widely available to ECRs and other researchers through our College Facilities Directory.

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