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EPSRC Reference: EP/V007688/1
Title: EPRSC Resource Only Strategic Equipment: the Warwick Analytical Science Centre
Principal Investigator: Brown, Professor SP
Other Investigators:
Lewandowski, Professor J Dancer, Dr C E J Newton, Professor ME
Unwin, Professor P O'Connor, Professor PB Haddleton, Professor DM
Stavros, Professor V Collingwood, Dr JF Walton, Professor RI
Barrow, Dr MP Smith, Dr CJ Spencer, Dr S
Chmel, Dr NP MacPherson, Dr E Hanna, Adjunct Assoc. Prof. J
Costantini, Professor G Jones, Dr A Beanland, Dr R
Thomas, Professor PA
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2020 Ends: 30 September 2024 Value (£): 953,764
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
22 Jun 2020 EPSRC Strategic Equipment Interview Panel June 2020 - Panel 1 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Access to analytical instrumentation lies at the heart of scientific progress; from the earliest days, with the availability of the first Dutch microscopes in the early 17th century, to the cutting edge of most advanced fields of contemporary science. The vast majority of advances and breakthroughs in knowledge are linked to the invention or improvement of analytical equipment and their availability both enables and sustains modern science and technology. Thus, it would not be possible to imagine chemistry without nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, molecular biology without electron microscopy, or material science without X-ray diffraction.

The University of Warwick is one of the foremost centres for analytical science in the UK, with an internationally leading analytical equipment infrastructure underpinning an unrivalled spectrum of research areas, from functional materials (catalysts, polymers, composites, battery electrodes, photovoltaics, steels, nanoparticles, diamond and quantum materials) to biomedical research (pharmaceuticals, novel antimicrobials, detection of infectious agents, biologic cryopreservation, drug delivery, metabolism and ageing, and bacterial antibiotic resistance).

Warwick's philosophy in managing this unique set of facilities has been characterised by the drive to maximise its access for all researchers from undergraduate students to Professors, a commitment that is grounded in the University's Research Strategy. This has been achieved by organising the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment into a range of university-wide Research Technology Platforms (RTPs) and interdepartmental facilities available to both internal and external users. This unique model brings together experts and instrument developers with frequent or occasional end-users and has been the origin of a large number of highly successful collaborative research initiatives across the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Life Sciences and Physics, and with a number of other UK universities and industrial partners.

This proposal is aimed at sustaining and expanding the access to Warwick's analytical equipment infrastructure, with a particular focus towards supporting research and postgraduate training and, concurrently, expanding multi-disciplinary collaboration and end-user engagement. This will be achieved by investing in research technical professionals (RTProfs), who are integral to deriving optimum benefit from the existing substantial infrastructure investment. Their presence will represent an essential asset for the effective and consistent training, at the highest standards, of PhD students in the Midlands and across the UK and will provide them with over 480 days of seed-corn use of the analytical science instrumentation at Warwick. The RTProfs will also be responsible for showcasing the availability of funding for PhD students and for disseminating analytical science best practice, through the organisation of national analytical science meetings that will involve UK universities, learned societies, and industry.

This investment has an overarching vision to substantially promote analytical sciences to the UK, with Warwick playing a key role nationally as hub of excellence and a beacon for its development and practice.

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