The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), the UK’s innovation broker in materials chemistry, is set to strengthen materials chemistry innovation at the University of Southampton thanks to a structural reorganisation.
The restructure will incorporate the School of Chemistry with other schools into a single Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The Schools of Chemistry, Electronics and Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Astronomy and the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics will be incorporated into the new Faculty together with the research led Web-Science Institute and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, enabling enhanced collaboration across Engineering & Physical Sciences.
This reorganisation will increase KCMC’s ability to explore a broader range of opportunities for interdisciplinary R&D relationships, involving industrial and academic partners from different sectors across the materials supply chain. KCMC will have greater visibility of world-class facilities and expertise, further improving its scope for knowledge transfer. This will accelerate materials science innovation at the University of Southampton and its industry partners, ultimately improving business performance for the UK economy.
Exciting facilities within the new Faculty include the μ-VIS X-ray Imaging Centre, the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre within the £120 million cleanroom complex of the Zepler Institute and the Advanced Composite Materials Facility and X-Ray Diffraction Centre.
Ron Swart, Knowledge Transfer Manager for KCMC, based at the University of Southampton, said: “This is a very exciting development in Southampton aligning key physical science and engineering skills in the development of novel materials. It will be of interest in several industry sectors and provide industry partners with new opportunities for collaboration”
Gill Reid, Head of Chemistry at the University of Southampton, said “Chemistry is a core discipline in the development of novel materials acting as an interface with other sciences and engineering. The new Faculty structure will present many opportunities for collaboration and will facilitate KCMC’s mission to accelerate innovation in materials chemistry.”
Any businesses interested in working with KCMC to access University of Southampton skills and facilities should contact Ron Swart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to the Editor
Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) is a partnership between the Universities of Bolton, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, hosted by CPI. KCMC is the UK’s leading knowledge transfer organisation for materials chemistry. The KCMC team work closely with the partner universities and STFC, offering in-depth knowledge and experience of materials chemistry innovation in both academia and industry. This enables fruitful, collaborative projects between UK companies and the KCMC partners, leading to the development of valuable innovations in advanced materials at reduced cost and risk.
For more information, please visit: https://www.materialschemistry.org.uk
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