Grant winners

June 18, 2009

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winners: Peter Davies, Andrew Hogg and Yakun Guo

Institutions: University of Dundee, University of Bristol and University of Aberdeen

Value: £310,115 (Dundee), £177,841 (Bristol) and £151,198 (Aberdeen)

Hyper-saline brine discharges into tidal coastal waters

Award winner: Helen Sheldrake

Institution: University of Bradford

Value: £101,045

Design, synthesis and applications of chiral cyclobutanes

Award winner: John Huber

Institution: University of Oxford

Value: £146,565

Materials world network: experimental observation and theoretical modelling of domain evolution in ferroelectrics

Award winner: Matthew Rosseinsky

Institution: University of Liverpool

Value: £430,335

Approaches to the coupling of dilute spins in oxides

Award winner: Russell Binions

Institution: University College London

Value: £98,206

Chemical vapour deposition in applied electric fields

Award winner: Richard Sear

Institution: University of Surrey

Value: £55,631

Carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites for siRNA delivery into human embryonic stem cells

Award winner: John Sweeney

Institution: University of Bradford

Value: £107,025

Shape parameterisation for identification and characterisation of polymer surface features

Award winner: Ian Reaney

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £299,065

Bi0.8Nd0.2FeO3: a new PbO-free antiferroelectric ceramic

Award winner: Charlotte Williams

Institution: Imperial College London

Value: £140,749

Plastics from sugars: the preparation, processing and properties of compostable polymers from lignocellulosic biomass

Award winner: John Cunningham

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £139,385

On-chip terahertz spectroscopy for characterisation of pharmaceutical polymorphs

Award winner: Wilson Poon

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Value: £86,434

Versatile imaging module for rheometers

Award winner: Alan Drew

Institution: Queen Mary, University of London

Value: £267,447

Investigation of intrinsic charge and spin transport mechanisms in organic molecules

Award winners: Vladimir Falko, Andrea Ferrari and Alexander K. Savchenko

Institutions: Lancaster University, University of Cambridge and University of Exeter

Value: £320,877 (Lancaster), £354,310 (Cambridge) and £657,242 (Exeter)

Non-equilibrium and relaxation phenomena in graphene-based devices

Award winner: Robert Critoph

Institution: University of Warwick

Value: £97,820

Gas-fired heat pumps - transforming the UK's domestic heating sector

Award winner: Graham Hutchings

Institution: Cardiff University

Value: £141,575

New catalysts for cyclic carbonate production

Award winner: Ross W. Boyle

Institution: University of Hull

Value: £262,188

Synthesis and characterisation of dual functional nanoparticles for probing the role of reactive oxygen species in cellular function

Award winner: Joseph Harrity

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £131,659

Developing metal cation stabilisation as a general paradigm for o-c rearrangement processes

Award winner: Andy Baker

Institution: University of Birmingham

Value: £202,578

Water quality measurement in regions of poor sanitation

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Award winners: Matt Carre and Sharon Dixon

Institutions: University of Sheffield and University of Exeter

Value: £238,351 (Sheffield) and £237,478 (Exeter)

Understanding traction for sports shoe and surface combinations

This project aims to address traction-related injuries in sport and exercise by considering the characteristics of shoes and surfaces that influence an individual's behaviour during different sporting activities. One of the main areas of the research will focus on minimising the risk of injury while participating in sport. In particular, the team will be looking at surfaces used in tennis, supported by the International Tennis Federation.

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