EPSRC logo

Details of Grant 

EPSRC Reference: EP/V035975/1
Title: EPSRC Core Equipment at Southampton 2020
Principal Investigator: Spearing, Professor SM
Other Investigators:
Ulbricht, Professor H Light, Dr M Thornton, Dr B
Zeimpekis, Dr I
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 14 November 2020 Ends: 13 May 2022 Value (£): 704,500
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Instrumentation Eng. & Dev. Materials Characterisation
Materials Synthesis & Growth Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
29 Sep 2020 Core Equipment Award 2020 - Panel 1 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal is for funding to support the purchase of Core Equipment across the University of Southampton. Following an internal shortlisting process, items were identified as being either key underpinning items for areas of national importance, opportunities to invest to save, or core equipment for the benefit of early career researchers.

We will:

A. Invest in upgrading our existing Helium recovery and liquefaction system to address the challenges of sustainability of Helium as a resource, and to allow us to transport Helium around the University to broaden the benefit.

B. Procure a Domed Hot Stage for our existing powder X-Ray diffractometer to open up the research areas possible, including improved catalysts and better understanding of behaviours of battery materials under temperature.

C. Procure a bespoke designed vaccuum furnace to enable growth and processing of thin films and 2D materials, expanding existing capabilities in size and function, with improved efficiency through economies of scale.

D. Procure a shallow water autonomous underwater vehicle and a state of the art aerial drone to enable inspection of infrastructure, fundamental robotic behaviour and algorithm research and remote data gathering.

Collectively these items align to the call objectives of procuring underpinning equipment (B, C, D), investing to save (A), and core equipment to benefit Early Career Researchers (C and D). The research enabled by these investment aligns to EPSRC priority areas within Physical Sciences, Engineering, Energy and ICT, and national priorities including Autonomous Systems, Infrastructure, Batteries and Advanced Materials.
Key Findings
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Potential use in non-academic contexts
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Impacts
Description This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Summary
Date Materialised
Sectors submitted by the Researcher
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Project URL:  
Further Information:  
Organisation Website: http://www.soton.ac.uk