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EPSRC Reference: EP/L027011/1
Title: University of Bradford - Equipment Account
Principal Investigator: Coates, Professor PD
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Department: Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
Organisation: University of Bradford
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 15 January 2014 Ends: 14 January 2024 Value (£): 3,419,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
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Summary on Grant Application Form
We propose equipment to enhance our specialist advanced materials processing facilities and suite of at-process monitoring and off-line characterisation equipment aimed at advanced materials with healthcare applications, including extensive nanoscale characterisation, plus modelling facilities for processing and materials performance. These will complement our current advanced materials manufacturing process technology and characterisation facilities in the Polymer IRC laboratory at Bradford.

SPECIALIST ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES: We undertake fundamental processing-related studies (for novel polymer nanocomposites, blends, and biomaterials/ biocomposite and pharmaceutical formulations, and reactive processing) which lead to process feasibility projects (e.g. processability of new formulations, with underpinning material characterisation) or novel product development. Products may be prototypes (typically at the small scale for limited availability or expensive materials), or full production items. Facilties for process feasibility research or micro-scale processing are proposed for small scale products, micro/nano surface features, and macro scale processing.CHARACTERISATION AND MONITORING FACILITIES: Characterisation at nano- and other length scales is required for hierarchichal structure materials and functional gradients. This will be 'off line' for pre-process materials and post-process products; while at-process characterisation aims to evaluate real material process histories, which is important for time and temperature dependent materials. At-process monitoring is in effect, advanced manufacturing metrology.
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