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.
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Tech, tools & facilities
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.
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.
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
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!
Developing a high-performance, zero-maintenance subsea water cut sensor
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.
Enabling a new era in digital radio and IoT devices, through a dramatic reduction in radio size, cost and power consumption.
Near-field, inductively coupled design for deep tissue neuromodulation system.
News & insights
Real-time nitrate sensing holds the potential for significant yield increases, cost savings, and environmental impact reduction.
- Physical sciences
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.
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.
Collecting detailed information on crop health and yield is becoming an integral part of modern agriculture. Isobel Ashbey looks at recent developments.
- Physical sciences
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