University of Bradford - Equipment Account

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bradford
Department Name: School of Engineering and Informatics

Abstract

We propose equipment to enhance our specialist advanced materials processing facilities and suite of at-process monitoring and off-line characterisation equipment aimed at advanced materials with healthcare applications, including extensive nanoscale characterisation, plus modelling facilities for processing and materials performance. These will complement our current advanced materials manufacturing process technology and characterisation facilities in the Polymer IRC laboratory at Bradford.
SPECIALIST ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES: We undertake fundamental processing-related studies (for novel polymer nanocomposites, blends, and biomaterials/ biocomposite and pharmaceutical formulations, and reactive processing) which lead to process feasibility projects (e.g. processability of new formulations, with underpinning material characterisation) or novel product development. Products may be prototypes (typically at the small scale for limited availability or expensive materials), or full production items. Facilties for process feasibility research or micro-scale processing are proposed for small scale products, micro/nano surface features, and macro scale processing.CHARACTERISATION AND MONITORING FACILITIES: Characterisation at nano- and other length scales is required for hierarchichal structure materials and functional gradients. This will be 'off line' for pre-process materials and post-process products; while at-process characterisation aims to evaluate real material process histories, which is important for time and temperature dependent materials. At-process monitoring is in effect, advanced manufacturing metrology.

Planned Impact

Our process structuring research for polymer-related materials has had significant impact in fundamental research results through to commercial spin outs, and has achieved high levels of academic and industrial collaboration, and a strong international cooperation platform. The current proposal seeks to resource our team to build upon these successes - inside our university, regionally and nationally, and internationally, all to the clear benefit of the UK. The resourcing will be from a partnership of EPSRC, the University of Bradford, industry and UK and international academic collaborators, in association with actual ongoing and new research projects.
Prof P D Coates FREng is leading a large team of colleagues; our team have excellent track records as EPSRC PIs or Co-Is, or running KTPs/TSB projects and many industry contracts, and a proven international track record. Our ambition is to support UK scientific excellence in our own university and in collaborating universities and industry, and promote increasingly valuable international links (especially with China - emphasis on advanced materials, and India - emphasis on green processing), leading to innovative materials and products associated with healthcare and other application areas we address, through intelligent processing. There is clear national and international value in the programme as our programme aims to focus on advanced materials for development of products aligned with strategic priorities of the British government in health delivery policies and associated industries - very much in line with EPSRC priorities. It also aligns with UK-China agreed strategic priorities for research collaboration. The international angle is of particular interest for impact, given the global nature of our sector and its supply chains, and the common demography issues related to aging populations.Clearly patients will benefit directly from enhanced healthcare technologies, including those which arise from our joint research. Some advances will be significant steps, and some incremental. Main beneficiaries of the outputs from the programme are intended to be (a) patients through enhanced treatments or technology, (b) the health delivery services who will apply the products, (c) associated companies in Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Sciences who will make the products or processing equipment, and, of course, (d) each of the collaborating organisations - Bradford and our Chinese and Indian partner institutions, and our UK collaborators (University partners, companies). Other parties will have opportunity to benefit from our Training and Research networks, which will exploit the new equipment. Our University is also a principal beneficiary, through the increased research capability and the increased capacity it attracts, and also the increasing strength of industrial co-operation and the high level bridge with China and India, in line with our University strategy to develop the these overseas markets, i.e. to develop student recruitment and research collaborations. Our colleagues who are introduced to industrial or international co-operators will also benefit from this programme, so building our industrial and international engagement in research.
We run technology days at Bradford, exploiting our leading facilities, which are supported by equipment suppliers (e.g. Anton Paar, Shin-Etsu, Kistler, Autodesk, ThermoFisher), bringing in further potential collaborators. We have very strong presence at international meetings in the advanced materials - especially polymer-related - areas (at a wide range of materials, biomedical and pharmaceutical events which we are involved in.We run a range of live web sites, several of which are resources for our teams, including www.polyeng.com, www.polymerirc.org, www.ukmig.com, www.sciencebridgeschina.com, www.ukchina-amri.com, www.polymermnt.com, www.brad.ac.uk/research/rkt-centres/advanced-materials-engineering.

Publications

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Bao W (2014) Effect of Ultrasound on Molecular Structure Development of Polylactide in Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering

 
Description This is a new award, for equipment (£3.42m plus £1.1m support from industry) purchased before 31.3.2014. The facilities all address Advanced Materials for Healthcare and include AFM,TEM, Xray, thermal, spectroscopic, micro-CT, and a range of novel processing facilities. The award included a further £2m support from the University of Bradford for some facilities and matching posts to use these facilities. We employ a range of PDRAs and Technicians to help exploit the facilities. The facilities have also helped to attract considerable overseas research collaborations, especially in China (in conjunction with our Science Bridges China platform) withe extensive Researcher Exchanges (over 50 to date, of one month duration, up to one year). In particular, these have been helping to understand how polymers can have their properties enhanced via processing operations, and also exploring the surfaces and other properties with respect to exploitation of materials in biomedical applications. We have also been able to collaborate more effectively with leading Chinese groups, with access to beam lines in China for in-situ process measurements on polymers.
Exploitation Route We have promoted the facilities, and collaborative opportunities, to our various networks (including academic in the University of Bradford, and in the Polymer IRC and EPSRC MeDe Innovation University teams, and our wider collaborations (including our Chinese groups in the Science Bridges China platform) and also our industry partners via our Bradford Industry Group - we have over 100 collaborating companies. Most of the facilities are in use in collaboration with a range of these partners - Chinese visiting researchers, UK academics and industry. The facilities also underline our position as the leading polymer engineering research laboratory worldwide, and we have formed Polymer Engineering International, a network of major polymer engineering research laboratories.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport

URL http://www.polyeng.com
 
Description This award was for equipment (£3.42m plus £1.1m support from industry) which had to be purchased before 31.3.2014. This was successfully achieved by an excellent team at the University - cooperation required across administration and academics. The facilities all address Advanced Materials for Healthcare and include AFM,TEM, Xray, thermal, spectroscopic, micro-CT, and a range of novel processing facilities. The award included a further £2m support from the University of Bradford for some facilities and matching posts to use these facilities. We are currently in the process of employing a range of PDRAs and Technicians to help exploit the facilities. We have promoted the facilities, and collaborative opportunities, to our various networks (including academic in the University of Bradford, and in the Polymer IRC and EPSRC MeDe Innovation University teams, and our wider collaborations (including our Chinese groups in the Science Bridges China platform) and also our industry partners via our Bradford Industry Group - we have over 100 collaborating companies. The facilities have encouraged setting up of the second and third Joint International Laboratories in China (the first is with Sichuan University; the second with Changchun CIACCAS and the third with BUCT Beijing). An extensive range of Early Career Researcher Exchanges is ongoing, now also involving EPSRC MeDe CIM collaborators at Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Nottingham Unis - a total of 60 to date; leading to a pipeline of very high quality journal papers, programmes, grants and visibility. We have also just launched Polymer Engineering International - we lead a network of the major polymer engineering research groups worldwide.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
 
Description Autodesk research studentship
Amount £56,000 (GBP)
Organisation Autodesk 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 09/2014 
End 10/2017
 
Description British Council Newton Researcher Links 'Healthcare Technologies for Aging Populations'
Amount £24,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 227337704 
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description EPSRC Healthcare Impact Partnership
Amount £904,074 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R024324/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description Oriented polymer processing - Sinopec BRICI
Amount £357,000 (GBP)
Organisation Sinopec Group 
Sector Private
Country China
Start 07/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship
Amount £111,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NA150222 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 08/2018
 
Description SelfGel technology: Polymer free and temperature independent bioadhesive in-situ gelling system UK ICURe Award
Amount £35,000 (GBP)
Funding ID IC1-20 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description UK-China Low Carbon Manufacturing
Amount £1,150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID S018573/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description University of Bradford match for EPSRC Capital funding grant
Amount £684,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Bradford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 03/2018
 
Description University of Bradford match funding for EPSRC grant
Amount £160,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Bradford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 10/2017
 
Description University of Bradford match staff funding for EPSRC Capital grant
Amount £1,320,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Bradford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 03/2018
 
Description contract
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation JRI Orthapaedics 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 04/2017
 
Description Aterius oriented polymer stents 
Organisation Arterius Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution precision small scale die drawing of bioresorbable polymers to make oriented tubes, used to laser cut stents. Shared IP with Arterius
Collaborator Contribution Original approach to us from Arterius, IP (shared), for use of our oriented polymer routes.
Impact the only British drug eluting, resorbable stent - currently close to commercialisation, in trials. Combination of engineering sciences and pharmaceutical science.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Innovate Orthopaedics - soft tissue and bone fixations 
Organisation Innovate Orthopaedics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Solid phase orientation of polymers for a range of soft tissue and bone fixation shape memory devices
Collaborator Contribution technical and market knowledge for fixations, and clinician connections
Impact new 3 year EPSRC HIP grant being announced, March 2018
Start Year 2017
 
Description Joint International Laboratory for Polymer Micro Processing 
Organisation Sichuan University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Establishment of a micro moulding facility in Sichuan, to mirror the (more extensive) facilities in Bradford, to develop further our collaborative research. Joint IP for conducting polymer products.
Collaborator Contribution Materials engineering expertise, including polymer nano composite products, especially for electrically conducting products. Joint IP for conducting polymer products.
Impact Joint publications. Joint IP
Start Year 2010
 
Description Joint International Laboratory for Soft Matter Technologies 
Organisation Beijing University of Technology
Department College of Environmental and Energy Engineering
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting Researcher Exchanges leading to joint publications; advisory role with respect to development of particular technologies
Collaborator Contribution sending researchers to our laboratory, leading to joint publications; Support (from Prof Zhang Liqun) for meetings with the Ministry of Science & Technology in Beijing
Impact joint publications
Start Year 2016
 
Description Joint Laboratory for Polymer Process Physics 
Organisation Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Royal Society Newton award, following Science Bridges China researcher exchanges (two way)
Collaborator Contribution High quality x-ray analysis of oriented polymers
Impact Journal papers (Macromolecules)
Start Year 2015
 
Description Sabic programme on micro needle manufacture 
Organisation Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Country Saudi Arabia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution research skills and facilities
Collaborator Contribution commercial opportunities and materials tailoring
Impact confidential to company
Start Year 2015
 
Description Sabic programme on solid phase orientation processing 
Organisation Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Country Saudi Arabia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution unique solid phase orientation processing research and facilities
Collaborator Contribution targeted products to exploit solid phase orientation
Impact confidential to company
Start Year 2015
 
Description Sinopec solid phase orientation project 
Organisation Sinopec Group
Country China 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution research skills and facilities for solid phase orientation processing of polymers
Collaborator Contribution materials manipulation and supply
Impact confidential to company
Start Year 2013
 
Description Smith & Nephew programmes 
Organisation Smith and Nephew
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution solid phase processing of polymers and development of shape memory materials and products for tissue fixations. Joint IP on these materials and products.
Collaborator Contribution Development of shape memory materials and products for tissue fixations. Joint IP on these materials and products. Clinical challenges and assistance.
Impact extensive knowledge on shape memory materials for potential products in fixations. Combination of physics, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, biomaterials, medical technology.
 
Description precision extrusion 
Organisation Dyson
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution precision extrusion of polymers
Collaborator Contribution substantial science and technology inputs and exchanges
Impact Confidential
Start Year 2019
 
Title bioresorbable polymer arterial stent 
Description Arterius Ltd have previously secured InnovateUK funding with us, and have most recently undertaken in-animal trials which show a very successful performance of the stents compared with market leading metallic stents. 
Type Therapeutic Intervention - Medical Devices
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2017
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact die drawing technology transferred from the University to Arterius who now have a precision processing facility in a clean room in their company. 
URL http://arterius.co.uk
 
Description Article in China Daily, 9 Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact China Daily article in Beijing, after the Award Ceremony for the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, Jan 2018, presented by President Xi Jinping and other leaders. This is the top award in China for foreigners. Prof Phil Coates was one of the seven foreigners honoured with the award. It increased the visibility of the UK in China (Prof Coates was only the sixth UK citizen to receive this award in over 20 years) and has given further momentum to the UK-China advanced materials for healthcare research community which he founded, and continues to lead, from the EPSRC-funded Science Bridges China platform. This top Award has very great significance for our key Chinese collaborators, and will promote and strengthen our research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/09/WS5a53fa36a31008cf16da5d10.html
 
Description British Council Newton Researcher Links Workshop for Early Career Researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 13 UK-China Researcher Exchanges (funded separately from the Workshop) are being set up to run before Sep 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ukchina-amri.com
 
Description CCTV longer interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CCTV mainstream news - my experience of the Golden Era through my research collaborations, and a celebration of the top award in China to a foreign scientist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ukchina-amri.com
 
Description China Daily Europe article on top award in China made to Prof Phil Coates; 12 Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact China Daily article in Europe, after the Award Ceremony in Beijing for the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, Jan 2018, presented by President Xi Jinping and other leaders. This is the top award in China for foreigners. Prof Phil Coates was one of the seven foreigners honoured with the award. It increased the visibility of the UK in China (Prof Coates was only the sixth UK citizen to receive this award in over 20 years) and has given further momentum to the UK-China advanced materials for healthcare research community which he founded, and continues to lead, from the EPSRC-funded Science Bridges China platform. This top Award has very great significance for our key Chinese collaborators, and will promote and strengthen our research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/12/WS5a57acafa3102c394518ea1e.html
 
Description Chinese International Award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Articles in China Daily - in English - in the UK and China; and other Chinese national newspapers concerning the Award to Prof Coates of the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award, the top award in China for a foreign scientist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ukchina-amri.com
 
Description ECNS China article on top Chinese Award to Prof Phil Coates, 12 Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ECNS article in Beijing, after the Award Ceremony for the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, Jan 2018, presented by President Xi Jinping and other leaders. This is the top award in China for foreigners. Prof Phil Coates was one of the seven foreigners honoured with the award. It increased the visibility of the UK in China (Prof Coates was only the sixth UK citizen to receive this award in over 20 years) and has given further momentum to the UK-China advanced materials for healthcare research community which he founded, and continues to lead, from the EPSRC-funded Science Bridges China platform. This top Award has very great significance for our key Chinese collaborators, and will promote and strengthen our research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ecns.cn/business/2018/01-12/288042.shtml
 
Description Interview for CCTV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview of 3 leading UK people for opinion on developments in China, based on our experience - in my case research collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Quoted in the press release by the British Plastics Federation for polymer recycling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact promotion of the value of plastics materials in society, adding information to the debate about plastics waste.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SPE International Award in Plastics News (USA based publication, also in Europe and Asia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Announcement of the Society of Plastics Engineers Intenational award, the top award of the SPE, to Prof Phil Coates. This increases the visibility of the UK in the polymer engineering research area, where Prof Coates directs the world-leading Polymer IRC. The Award will be presented in May 2018 at the SPE major international conference, with a Plenary lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229963/spe-names-annual-award-winners-antec-spe...
 
Description Sichuan University article following top China Award to Prof Phil Coates in Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sichuan University article, after the Award Ceremony for the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, Jan 2018, presented by President Xi Jinping and other leaders. This is the top award in China for foreigners. Prof Phil Coates was one of the seven foreigners honoured with the award. He is an Honorary Professor and High End Foreign Professor of Sichuan University, who are one of the main collaborators with Bradford and others in our ongoing Science Bridges China programme. It increased the visibility of the UK in China (Prof Coates was only the sixth UK citizen to receive this award in over 20 years) and has given further momentum to the UK-China advanced materials for healthcare research community which he founded, and continues to lead, from the EPSRC-funded Science Bridges China platform. This top Award has very great significance for our key Chinese collaborators, and will promote and strengthen our research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.scu.edu.cn/en/news/webinfo/2018/01/1514127424326967.htm
 
Description Xinhua article on China Award for Prof Coates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Xinhua press article in Beijing, after the Award Ceremony for the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, Jan 2018, presented by President Xi Jinping and other leaders. This is the top award in China for foreigners. Prof Phil Coates was one of the seven foreigners honoured with the award. It increased the visibility of the UK in China (Prof Coates was only the sixth UK citizen to receive this award in over 20 years) and has given further momentum to the UK-China advanced materials for healthcare research community which he founded, and continues to lead, from the EPSRC-funded Science Bridges China platform. This top Award has very great significance for our key Chinese collaborators, and will promote and strengthen our research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/08/c_136880680_10.htm
 
Description article in China Daily, 19 Jan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview of Prof Coates by China Daily in Beijing, after he received the International Science & Technology Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China, Jan 2018, from President Xi Jinping and other leaders. This is the top award in China for foreigners. It increased the visibility of the UK in China (Prof Coates was only the sixth UK citizen to receive this award in over 20 years) and has given further momentum to the UK-China advanced materials for healthcare research community which he founded, and continues to lead, from the EPSRC-funded Science Bridges China platform. This top Award has very great significance for our key Chinese collaborators, and will promote and strengthen our research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/19/WS5a61c69fa3106e7dcc13562d.html