--- Nottingham will be at the forefront of the nanotechnology
revolution thanks to a £3.5 million grant to set
up a new state-of-the-art research centre in the city,
it was announced today.
The Nottingham Micro Nano Technology
(MNT) Centre will be an advanced manufacturing facility
to help companies develop revolutionary new products
and services at a scale of thousandths of a millimetre.
Announced today by Lord Sainsbury,
Science and Innovation Minister, the grant will provide
open access for companies to cutting-edge facilities
designed to help bring nanotechnology products and
services to the market — particularly in healthcare,
engineering and information communications technology
The world-leading expertise
and facilities of five UK universities will also be
available through the centre, which has the provisional
It will be led by The University
of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, in
partnership with the East Midlands Development Agency
and BioCity Nottingham. The initiative is supported
by a growing list of innovative companies active in
nanotechnology, as well as the universities of Leicester,
Lincoln and Loughborough.
The new centre will be established
at BioCity, the healthcare and bioscience innovation
centre, on Pennyfoot Street in central Nottingham.
Dr Richard Masterman, Director
of Research Innovation Services at the University
of Nottingham, said: "The facility aims to act
as a focal point for regional, national and global
developments in nanotechnology commercialisation working
at the interface with the private sector.
"The expertise and techniques
available through the facility will bring significant
benefits to the healthcare sector, including pharmaceuticals,
food, textiles and medical devices. It will also bring
significant benefits to the engineering sector — including
aerospace, automotive and energy — and to the ICT
Professor Barry Hull, Director
of Industrial Partnerships at Nottingham Trent University,
said: "The centre is geared to the needs of industry,
and this new initiative will focus on the growth,
synthesis and evaluation of nanostructured materials
which is set to revolutionise and revitalise areas
of traditional industrial strength across many sectors."
Glenn Crocker, CEO of BioCity,
added: "MNT@BioCity will add a whole new dimension
to BioCity. It will provide a great resource to the
companies based here as well as businesses and researchers
across the UK."
It is estimated that the global
market for nanotechnology could be worth £1
trillion by 2013 — and now Nottingham is in a prime
position to play its part.
Today’s award is further confirmation
of Nottingham’s status as a scientific powerhouse,
following the announcement by Chancellor Gordon Brown
on March 16 that Nottingham is to be one of the UK’s
Lord Sainsbury said: "Nanotechnology
offers enormous potential benefit to the UK economy
and society. It is important that we remain at the
forefront of emerging technologies.
"The UK has a world-class
science base and we are committing record levels of
funding in science and technology.
"This funding will play
a vital part in developing a new network of micro
and nanotechnology facilities and help the UK turn
cutting edge ideas into business success."
Notes for editor
Further details on the successful projects awarded
funding can be found at
The funding is from the second
competition under the MNT Capital Facilities Programme.
More information is available
from:Dr Richard Masterman, Director of Research Innovation
Services, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 951
Philip Dalling, Director of
Public Affairs, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115
951 5765 (office), 07767 317870 (mobile), or +44 (0)115
930 2217, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Barry Hull, Director
of Industrial Partnerships, Nottingham Trent University
on +44 (0)115 848 6449, email@example.com