Grant winners - 18/25 December 2014

December 18, 2014

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Charge transfer processes in small metal nanoparticles

  • Award winner: Steven Penfield
  • Institution: University of Exeter
  • Value: £218,793

Understanding real limits to plant productivity: a macroeconomic perspective


Making a mark: imagery and process in the British and Irish Neolithic

Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: typology, contact and change

  • Award winner: Jose R. Oliver
  • Institution: University College London
  • Value: £332,780

The Cotúa Island entrepôt: building a reflexive archaeology in the Orinoco basin


Royal Society

Industry Fellowships

  • Award winner: Julie Macpherson
  • Institution: University of Warwick
  • Value: £184,156

Development and application of diamond-based electrochemical sensors

  • Award winner: Tiffany Wood
  • Institution: University of Edinburgh
  • Value: £163,223

Formulations for the future: understanding traditional and innovative composites

  • Award winner: Rob Sloan
  • Institution: University of Manchester
  • Value: £138,001

Optimisation of diodes for millimetre-wave circuits and systems


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Standard Research

  • Award winner: Chris Baker
  • Institution: University of Birmingham
  • Value: £722,190

The safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles in highly turbulent urban wind flows

  • Award winner: David O’Hagan
  • Institution: University of St Andrews
  • Value: £341,488

“Last step” enzymatic [18F]-labelling of peptides for positron emission tomography

  • Award winner: Meihong Wang
  • Institution: University of Hull
  • Value: £1,4,437

Process intensification for post-combustion carbon capture using rotating packed bed through systems engineering techniques

In detail

Gordon Blair, Lancaster University

Award winner: Gordon Blair
Institution: Lancaster University
Value: £171,495

The environmental Internet of Things: understanding and managing the natural environment through internet of things technology

The Internet of Things – which enables object-to-object communication over the internet and real-time data monitoring – is typically associated with urban environments, and the countryside is largely ignored. This project will investigate how it could work in rural environments. Working with partners at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Geological Survey and Bangor University, the team will investigate whether smart technology can help address problems such as flooding, agricultural pollution and drought. “Cities have been the focus of much of the boom in this type of technology. But the countryside faces challenges of its own, from subtle environmental changes to catastrophic events such as flooding,” said Gordon Blair, professor of distributed systems at Lancaster University.

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