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EPSRC Reference: EP/T024488/1
Title: Core Equipment at the University of Leeds
Principal Investigator: Linfield, Professor EH
Other Investigators:
Chamberlain, Dr TW Brydson, Professor RMD Bell, Professor AJ
Wood, Dr CD
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Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 13 February 2020 Ends: 12 August 2021 Value (£): 550,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Chemical Biology
Materials Characterisation Materials Synthesis & Growth
Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Nov 2019 EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Bragg Centre for Materials Research at the University of Leeds is part of the £100M University investment in the new Sir William Henry Bragg Building, which will also provide new accommodation for the Schools of Computing and Physics & Astronomy, and co-locate all Schools in engineering and the physical sciences on campus. The Centre aims to discover, create, characterize, and exploit materials engineered at the atomic and molecular level, and brings together the fundamental understanding, design, modelling and fabrication of materials with their exploitation in new devices, systems and applications, underpinning 21st century challenges across the physical sciences, engineering and life sciences. The Centre's research is focused around six broad themes, which align with critical mass research groupings within the University: Analytical Science, Bionanotechnology, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Functional Surfaces, Multiscale Materials, and Soft Matter. Each is underpinned by modelling and simulation, and is supported by internationally-leading experimental facilities.

The Centre nurtures a vibrant interdisciplinary community of internationally-renowned, inspirational academics to deliver its ambitious research priorities and aspirations, and to support the long-term needs of UK industry to deliver societal and economic impact. It also provides a focus for the University's activities within the Henry Royce Institute (https://www.royce.ac.uk), of which it is a Founding Partner.

This EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment will expand and upgrade the equipment base within the Bragg Centre, and help support researchers from across the engineering and physical sciences, and especially benefit early career researchers. It focusses on research areas of national importance in materials science, where Leeds is demonstrably internationally leading for quality and distinctiveness, and has a critical mass of academic staff, funding and infrastructure. This will ensure that the investment made through this programme underpins scientific and engineering excellence, and aligns with long-term research programmes that are both strategic to the university and the UK, and receive on-going university investment.

The award will provide new capacity and capability to research teams. First, the existing X-Ray Diffractometer facility at Leeds will be refreshed and improved through purchase of a new state-of-the-art diffractometer system. Second, a small number of items of dedicated equipment will be purchased that complement existing University infrastructure:

(a) a highly flexible, research grade MALDI TOF mass spectrometer, including a near-axis 50 Hz variable repetition rate N2 laser irradiation source, and capabilities to cover a wide mass range, deconvolute structural fragments, and use flexible target formats.

(b) a 3D Optical Surface Profiling System, including an LED high brightness light source, a 5 Megapixel image sensor, interferometric objective lenses with varying magnifications, high specification control computer, and data acquisition software.

(c) a reflectometer with a 400-1700 nm light source, integrated CCD sample imaging system, Si array detection spectrometer, data capture and analysis software, xyz translation stages, and thin-film and reflectivity reference samples.

(d) a chemical megasonic cleaning station, including a two-tank configuration, transducer array for direct coupling of acoustic energy, RF generator and amplifier, and microprocessor-controlled recipe management.

All equipment funded through this award will be integrated into well-found laboratories, which already have extensive user bases across Schools and Faculties. This will enable efficient utilization, and a capitalization, of the investment from the outset. Equipment will also be promoted and available for use by academia outside the University and industry.

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