Small items of research equipment at Swansea University for an Interdisciplinary Launch-Laboratory

Lead Research Organisation: Swansea University
Department Name: College of Engineering


We propose the creation of a 'Launch-Laboratory'. This will be an open access facility, equipped with a wide range of test and measurement equipment, allowing mechanical, chemical, electrical and optical characterisation of materials and devices. The laboratory will provide an environment in which early career researchers can meet, develop ideas, test concepts and carry out initial research studies. The work of the laboratory will link to the portfolio of EPSRC funded projects at Swansea in Advanced Manufacturing, bringing forward new concepts, created through the interaction of researchers working on fundamental science and basic technology with engineers developing innovative manufacturing systems.

Planned Impact

The project will impact on economic performance and the health and welfare of the UK population. The laboratory will support the industry collaborations at Swansea developing and furthering high-value manufacturing, this includes joint projects with major UK-based companies such as Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, Jaguar Land Rover and Pilkington. The innovative manufacturing techniques will also be linked to basic research on biosensors and nanomedicine, this will provide opportunities for the development of new medical devices offering enhanced diagnosis and treatment of disease.


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Description this was an equipment grant funding the purchase of small equipment items < £10k
Exploitation Route This grant allowed us to set up multidisciplinary characterisation and measurement facilities. Thes ehave formed part of support packages for new academics and helped them to get EPSRC first grant awards. The facilities are also providing support to idustry facing research and the generation of research impact
Sectors Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

Description As this grant funded equipment rather than a research programme, there are no specific findings