Bridging Applied Nano-Technologists (Bridging ANTs)

Lead Research Organisation: Cranfield University
Department Name: Sch of Applied Sciences

Abstract

Applied Nanotechnology is multidisciplinary in nature and can be used across a range of different sectors to bring about benefits, including the potential for systems to sense and act upon their environment; to generate or harness power; to reduce weight and fuel consumption; and increase performance and strength.Bridging Applied Nanotechnologists (Bridging ANTs) will bring together the researchers from across Cranfield University to develop a sustainable community of ANTs committed to collaborative activities in which applied nanotechnology can be used to provide enhancements in the fields of aerospace, automotive, bioscience, health, energy, environment, manufacturing, and security and defence.This will be achieved using a combine, communicate, and collaborate approach (C3). This C3 approach will look at a different ways in which the ANTs can develop a sustainable research community committed to multidisciplinary collaboration. C3 will be delivered by:- Creating a clear visual identity and web presence for the Bridging ANTs community;- Running facilitated flagship workshop meetings where researchers can actively network to kick start collaborations;- Using Cranfield's Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) to bring together designers and technologists in partnership, to develop novel ways to deliver and communicate technological solutions from a design perspective;- Building an electronic community to store and exchange nanotechnology-related-information. This would also act as one of the routes to interact with the wider community including industry and the general public;- Establishing informal 'coffee mornings' type forums to provide a time and place for researchers to meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas and develop collaborations;- Using artists in residence, art installations and informal discussion meetings and exhibitions to stimulate the exchange of ideas;- Creating industrial collaborative partnerships to support industry and drive applied multidisciplinary/cross-sector collaborative research forward; - Developing a nano-engagement toolkit for lectures and outreach activities that can be used to support and promote applied nanotechnology within and outside of Cranfield;- Using Collaborative Bridging Awards to support collaborative exploratory projects with a view to develop a sustainable collaboration framework through securing further project funding.Throughout the Bridging ANTs project, the ethos of C3 coupled with design and communication will be firmly placed at the heart of activities to ensure successful outcomes.

Publications

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Pickwell AJ (2011) Thick-film acoustic emission sensors for use in structurally integrated condition-monitoring applications. in IEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control

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Pickwell A (2013) ZnO surface modified PZT for enhanced ceramic composite thick film sensors in Advances in Applied Ceramics

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Pickwell A (2013) Development of a thick film PZT foil sensor for use in structural health monitoring applications in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control

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Pawlett M (2013) The impact of zero-valent iron nanoparticles upon soil microbial communities is context dependent. in Environmental science and pollution research international

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Leighton G (2018) Innovative method to produce large-area freestanding functional ceramic foils in Journal of the European Ceramic Society

 
Description The aim of the Bridging ANTs project was bring together applied nanotechnology research from across the University's strategic research sectors. As such there were no specific research outcomes and where research was undertaken it took the form of small collaborative grants designed to demonstrate feasibility with a view to producing more fully formed research proposals for submission to funders.
The main discoveries from this work were, therefore, not scientific in nature but more aligned with societal/academic networking. From this perspective the most pertinent discovery was that effective collaboration stems from regular personal contact, a shared set of personal beliefs and working practices, and the minimisation of institutional barriers to collaborative work. Where such behaviour can be fostered, effective collaboration may flourish.
Through the support of a number of feasibility studies the Bridging ANTS project was able, bring together new partnerships which led to new funding bids in excess of £10m.
Exploitation Route The rules for engagement are not restricted to academic environments and can be applied to all arenas where people could interact in a collaborative manner. The results of this project were primarily exploited through targeted proposals across a range of funding streams.
Sectors Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Security and Diplomacy,Transport

 
Description The guiding principles developed to encourage collaboration are being used by the PI in developing collaborations within their organisation and also with external clients. This is occurring both at an informal level in the development of new collaborations as well as in formal collaborative projects with partners in the UK, EU and worldwide. Outputs from the various feasibility projects have fed into follow-on grants that may in time have an economic impact.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Other
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Bridging the Gaps - EPS and AMR
Amount £461,854 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M027481/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2017
 
Description Novel Strategies to Detect and Mitigate the Emergence of AMR in Zoonotic Pathogens
Amount £461,854 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M027481/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2017