Our expertise in physics, chemistry and materials science underpins everything we do.

Fundamental principles

Our knowledge of the structure and properties of different materials is used extensively in a variety of applications, from remotely monitoring tons of mining slurry to working with security inks on a molecular scale.

In particular, our fluidics and microfluidics expertise is crucial to many projects, from dispensing the perfect pint of beer to shaping the precise characteristics of sprays, foams and emulsions of all kinds. 

Key strengths



Micro-structural control in fluids
We understand the intricate behaviours of fluids and their interaction with physical surfaces, a vital factor in many of our beverage projects.
Structure-property relationships
Our knowledge of materials science ensures that all elements of a system’s design use the most appropriate materials.
Thermal properties
We’re particularly experienced in phase change materials and the handling of hot and cold fluids for beverage systems.

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Tech, tools & facilities


Physical-science-labs
 

Physical science labs

A range of wet and dry labs which allow us to perform a wide range of physical science research and development. Specific equipment includes wet and dry benches, fume hoods, malvern mastersizer particle analysis system and UV-VIS spectrometer.

Facility_Agilent-GCMS
 

Agilent GC-MS

Our Agilent Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer enables detection and chemical analysis of a wide range of organic substances down to parts-per-million levels or below. This highly specialised piece of analytical equipment allows us to determine the make-up of a very wide range of organic materials in solid, liquid or vapour form and investigate flavour and aroma chemistry.

Optics labs
 

Optics labs

Our suite optics labs enable us to build complex and high-precision optical layouts, typically for testing prototype designs and novel techniques prior to deployment. Featuring six high-spec optical benches with configurable interlocked controlled areas for high-power (class 4) laser work and specialist facilities for interferometry, spectroscopy, low-noise fluorescence imaging and photon counting. This space can be split into separate laser-controlled areas, allowing multiple experiments to run simultaneously, giving our optical engineers the capability to develop creative solutions without instrumentation restrictions.

Food & beverage lab
 

Food & beverage lab

Specifically set up to meet the unique requirements of developing food- and beverage-safe systems, our dedicated lab means we have the necessary procedures and equipment in place to design and test new products in-house. Quantitative and scientific testing is fundamental to our science-led innovation approach, but ultimately taste tests are always needed. This is our only lab where the consumption of food and drink is not just allowed but essential!

Case studies


 

Pietro Fiorentini subsea sensor

Developing a high-performance, zero-maintenance subsea water cut sensor

 

Skintuition

Skintuition enables a new generation of truly personalised care products – from cosmetics to sunscreen. But it also has applications far beyond the personal care sector.

 

Pizzicato fully digital radio transceiver

Enabling a new era in digital radio and IoT devices, through a dramatic reduction in radio size, cost and power consumption.

 

Wireless charging for implants

Near-field, inductively coupled design for deep tissue neuromodulation system.

News & insights


Whitepaper

Real-time nitrate sensing: enabling precision fertilizer application

15th August 2018

Real-time nitrate sensing holds the potential for significant yield increases, cost savings, and environmental impact reduction. 

  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing
Press release

Cambridge Consultants catapults production of reusable beeswax food wrap

14th September 2018

BeeBee Wraps has developed a beeswax food wrap, a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics. We’ve transformed their business with a process that accelerates production by a factor of 30.

Press release

Cambridge Consultants and Exact Imaging harnessing AI in the fight to detect prostate cancer

6th September 2018

Cambridge Consultants has partnered with Exact Imaging as the two companies work to improve the way prostate cancer is visualized and detected. Early results show real promise.

Opinion

Multispectral imaging in agriculture

14th August 2018

Collecting detailed information on crop health and yield is becoming an integral part of modern agriculture. Isobel Ashbey looks at recent developments.

  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing

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