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Developing in-situ monitoring, analysis and control systems for the floating catalyst carbon nanotube fibre production process
This project aims to improve the process control and production stability of large carbon nanotube fibres through the addition of new sensors and better handling of sensor outputs and control input.
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Development of a Novel Atmospheric Pressure Plasma System for the Reduction of Water use in the Cleaning of Mirrors in Concentrating Solar Power Plants
This project aims to investigate and develop the use of atmospheric pressure plasma to clean and condition the surface of CSP mirrors, reducing or possibly even eliminating the need for water for cleaning purposes.
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Smart Cellulose Photonic Materials
A collaboration between the Nanomanufacturing group (IfM) and Bio-inspired Photonics group (Melville Lab) sees Charlie working towards the production and application of biocompatible photonic materials.
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Digitally enabled surface function modification for wide area applications
The fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces is the focus of intense research globally. There are many potential applications for the technology because of the potential to accurately channel water, reduce corrosion, reduce cleaning cycles and therefore water consumption and to possibly reduce the adhesion of biological contamination. Additional applications of interest include biomedical diagnostics, micro fuel cells and water harvesting devices but these all call for the development of patternable wettability control.
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High Rate Additive Manufacture using Holographic Beam Shaping (HBS)
The project will focus on high rate production of 3D plastic and metal parts using holographic beam shaping (HBS) to perform selective laser sintering (SLS). Current additive manufacturing (AM) techniques are reliant upon electron and laser beam technologies to selectively melt a small area.
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Design of a multi-sensor in-situ inspection system for additive manufacturing
This project aims to improve the reliability of AM processes perform in process monitoring with a novel multi-sensory system that is integrated into the build chamber.
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Suitability of a liquid TEM cell to study calcium phosphate nucleation
Here, we use and assess an in-situ liquid TEM cell to study solution-phase self-assembly of calcium phosphate nanoaggregates where nucleation is driven by dissolution of a bioactive glass. We aim to increase understanding of solution-phase nucleation mechanisms of biomaterials. And how this can be applied to the mineralisation of organic self-assembly macromolecules, the design and construction of smart materials for dental, orthopaedic, sensing and drug delivery applications, etc.
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Creating 3D nanomagnetic circuits for applications in spintronics
In the 3D nanomagnetic paradigm, new physics phenomena such as new types of domain wall, 3D spin texture and dynamic effects have a great potential leading to new functionalities which will find application in fields such as sensing, actuating, information storage and ‘internet of things’.
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Metallisation of CNTs
This project is being completed in collaboration with Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) with the aim of developing metal – CNT (carbon nanotube) paper laminates optimised for use in anodes of high power microwave devices.
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BioLaser: Establishing a high-resolution Laser Ablation Tomography Platform for UK Bioimaging Research
Biolaser is an IfM and NIAB collaboration which aims to develop a laser ablation tomography platform that provides rapid, 3D imaging of plant material down to micron or even sub-micron resolutions.
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