We are pleased to announce that EPSRC have awarded a new Nano CDT grant of 40 studentships for training the next generation of interdisciplinary innovative nanoscientists

EPSRC have announced a new grant of 40 new studentships for a Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Functional Nano (i4nano). This new centre, based in the Maxwell Centre, will encourage interdisciplinary research and training in nano across the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, Chemical Engineering and others.

The new i4nano centre will build on the world-leading work of the current NanoDTC Programme. According to Prof. Jeremy Baumberg, Director of the i4nano CDT “A key overarching theme in this CDT is understanding and control of the nano-interfaces connecting complex architectures, which is essential for going beyond simple model systems and key to major advances in emerging scientific grand challenges across vital areas of Energy, Health, Manufacturing (particularly considering sustainability), ICT/Internet of things, and Quantum.”

Prof. Stephan Hofmann, Co-Director of the i4nano CDT from the Department of Engineering said “A distinctly ambitious goal in this next phase of the CDT will focus on heterogeneous materials integration, exploiting new in-operando probing to capture materials behaviour at actual industrially relevant process/operation conditions, underpinning up-scaling and system integration strategies.”

innovation training will be at the heart of the i4nano CDT, according to Senior Teaching Associate Dr. Karishma Jain, giving high-calibre postgraduate physicists, engineers, chemists and materials scientists a broader experience than currently possible in graduate research, and providing them with the knowledge and tools to turn inventions into robust and economically productive innovations that will help build the next generation of successful technology businesses in the Cambridge Ecosystem and beyond.

The training grant of 40 studentships provided by EPSRC will be enhanced by pledges of more than 20 studentships from industry and other partners, making this a total of 60 studentships in the new i4nano Centre. This new investment is synergistic with a number of other important recent investments in nanoscience at Cambridge, including the Royce Institute, the Faraday Institution, the CamIES network and a number of cross-departmental joint lectureships by the School of Physical Sciences.

List of Partners (alphabetical)

  1. Aixtron Ltd
  2. Applied Materials Inc
  3. ARM Ltd
  4. Berkeley Kavli
  5. Britvic Soft Drinks
  6. Cambridge Display Technology Ltd
  7. Centre for Process Innovation
  8. Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
  9. Deregallera Ltd
  10. Eight19 Ltd
  11. Emberion Limited
  12. Fluidic Analytics
  13. High Value Manufacturing (HVM)
  14. Hitachi Europe Ltd
  15. IBM Research GmbH
  16. Impulse for Tech Innovators
  17. Johnson Matthey
  18. Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd
  19. Merck
  20. Mursla Ltd
  21. National Physical Laboratory
  22. Nokia UK Limited
  23. Oxford Instruments plc
  24. Oxford Nanopore Technologies
  25. Sabic Europe
  26. Samsung Electronics Research Laboratory
  27. Schlumberger Gould Research
  28. Sorex Sensors Ltd
  29. SuNAM Co. Ltd
  30. Talga technologies ltd
  31. The Technology Partnership Plc
  32. The Welding Institute
  33. Toshiba Research Europe Ltd
  34. Winton Programme for Physics of Sustainability
  35. Xiamen University