Our world-leading research is supported by national and international funding bodies and sponsors. Funding comes from the European Commission, from international Government bodies, from Research Councils UK, from prestigious charities and from large-and small-scale industrial partners and companies. We are currently managing £19M of research contracts.
These projects represent a small sample of our latest awards.
Peter Kelly (Science and Engineering) and Toby Heys (Art and Design)
Energy storage is an integral part of consumer lifestyles and there is continued demand in this area to power electronic devices. We propose to provide the ability for scientists to 3D print energy storage devices rapidly, on the spot and to develop a novel and advanced bottom-up fabrication route to produce energy storage devices. This will allow unique 3D printed structures for supercapacitors and batteries which will give rise to significant benefits in the energy storage characteristics of these devices. This research project will also demonstrate engineering scale-up solutions for the precommercial manufacture and incorporate new SUPERGEN energy storage materials into our manufacturing processes to provide rapid fabrication and device implementation leaving a legacy of advanced energy storage device manufacturing in the UK, which can be exploited for its benefit.
Dr Ling Qian
University of Plymouth
Launch and recovery of small vehicles from a large vessel is a common operation in maritime sectors, such as launching and recovering unmanned underwater vehicles from a patrol of research vessel or launching and recovering lifeboats from offshore platforms or ships. Such operations are often performed in harsh sea conditions. This project will develop an accurate and efficient numerical model that can be applied routinely for the analysis of the motion and loadings of two bodies in close proximity with or without physical connection in high sea-states, which of course can be employed to analyse the launch and recovery process of a small vehicle from a large vessel and to calculate the hydrodynamics during the process. This will be achieved building upon the recent developed numerical methods and computer codes by the project partners and also the success of the past and ongoing collaborative work between them. In addition, the project will involve several industrial partners to ensure the delivery of the project and to promote impact.
European Commission Horizon 2020 (£329,489)
SOEX Textil-Vermarktungsges (lead partner from Germany)
The textile sector uses a huge quantity of raw materials and produces a substantial amount of waste partly because only a small amount of wearable textiles is recycled. Most of these textiles are landfilled or incinerated causing a high environmental impact. The RESYNTEX project aims at designing, developing and demonstrating a new high environmental impact industrial symbiosis between the unwearable blends of textile waste and the chemical industry. The new original symbiosis is based on the chemical transformation of textile blends in the elementary components (wool, cellulose, polyester, polyamide) of textiles in a form that facilitates the easy take up as feedstock by the chemical industry in order to produce high added value chemicals (adhesives, cellulosic ethanol etc.). The parallel production of various high added-value products ensures competitive production costs for the chemical market. As a result, economic advantages can be provided besides prevention of industrial environmental problems. The project will consider the whole value chain starting from citizen behaviour change and the collection of unwearable textiles to improving industrial sorting, the production of the transformed textile components, symbiosis with chemical products and finally analysing the best economic models and policy actions for a successful introduction in EU markets.