University creates new £10M technology centre

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University creates new £10M technology centre

The University of Sheffield has invested £10M to create a new Nanoscience and Technology Centre which incorporates the UK“s largest cleanroom laboratory for research into semiconductors, nano-magnetics and other devices. Supported by the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Centre will provide state-of-the-art facilities and support for high-tech businesses in the region

Based on the University“s North Campus, the Centre includes a suite of business incubator offices and laboratories, as well as leading research and expertise in areas such as optical communication devices, magnetic storage media and solar cells.

Jim Lindop, CEO of Sheffield based Jennic Ltd said: "The University of Sheffield has created an excellent facility to support high-growth businesses. The flexible combination of offices, product test laboratories, and access to a semiconductor cleanroom, together with business support services is going to meet the needs of a wide range of technology based high growth companies and supports the areas“ strength in digital industries."

A major research area moving into the new centre is the `EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies“. With over 25 years experience as the UK“s national centre for compound semiconductor research it offers a wealth of experience in semiconductor materials used in devices such as lasers, light emitting diodes (LEDs), high frequency transistors and solar cells.

Professor Peter Houston, co-Director of the III-V Centre with Professor Maurice Skolnick, commented on their plans: "Relocating to this new facility will give us the expansion capacity, not only to maintain and expand our existing research, but to accelerate new areas such as biophotonics and to form stronger links with industry. We“re looking forward to being located on the University“s new North Campus where the multidisciplinary environment is already proving beneficial as we rub shoulders with colleagues in areas such as tissue engineering and biological remediation."

The investment from Europe has been delivered as part of the South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme. Tony Newson from Objective 1 added: "The Nanoscience and Technology Centre is one of our key investments to create a knowledge based economy in South Yorkshire. This investment will develop R&D capacity in an area with great economic potential and transfer the knowledge gained to SMEs as part of the University's strategy of engaging more effectively with regional economic stakeholders and business - a strategy which we completely endorse."


This story was first posted on 13th October 2006
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