The University of Southampton has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, to spearhead research into the development and uses of nanotechnology.
Dr Themis Prodromakis, reader in the Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnologies Group at Southampton, will lead the research of Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (ICON).
The university will invite applications from engineers and scientists that are eager to conduct research into various industries. Nanotechnology is widely used in cameras, smartphones and gadgets already. Developing breakthroughs include automobiles, boats and planes built with lightweight components that are stronger than steel with functions like self-cleaning and autonomous repair.
Nanotechnology is also used in developing flexible textiles that become hard and shockproof to protect it’s wearer and sensors which help in the exploration of hostile environments such as deep ocean and space.
Additional developments include smart devices which harvest energy from their surrounding environments and tiny nanotech implants that provide real-time monitoring to help diagnose people in the medical field.
The ICON program will explore various nanotechnology applications. It will bring together the best engineers and scientists in the world and provide them access to their state-of-the-art Southampton Nanofabrication Center (SNC). As per Dr Prodromakis, the SNC facility contains one of the premier greenrooms in Europe.
“Researchers are always looking for funding for high risk, high reward ideas. They want to collaborate with the best scientists and engineers in the world and gain access to state-of-art facilities,” said Dr Prodromakis.
“The Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Consortium in Nanotechnologies (ICON) will assemble the world’s leading universities, research institutions and innovative companies to help them tackle many of today’s most challenging issues by recruiting talented Ph.D students from every continent.”
Originally published by the University of Southampton; excerpts from The Engineer. Image courtesy of University of Southampton.