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Funding for Welsh Research Network Welcomed

Posted by Richard Ward

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Aberystwyth University has welcomed news that EU funding to the tune of £3.7m will create a world-class research network to help industry embrace cutting-edge technology.

Professor Andrew Evans, Head of the Department of Physics at Aberystwyth believes technologies developed at the university could benefit companies in Wales, thanks to the new Centre for Photonics Expertise project.

Professor Evans said: "Wales is known across the world for its expertise in photonics and optics - technology that is found everywhere, from parking sensors in cars to lasers used in surgery and cells that capture solar energy."

"Aberystwyth University has a long tradition of working with glass, semiconductors, thin films, transparent materials and solar cells and in developing instrumentation for space research, including missions to study Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, the Moon and the Sun."

"The knowledge and expertise of knowing how to build the best cameras and detectors, which components to use and how to make them work in extreme environments of space could be used to assist industry as they work to develop new technologies for the commercial sector."

The new centre will bring together expertise from across Wales and help establish research projects to encourage industries to embrace new technology.

The three-year project will be led by Glyndwr University in partnership with Aberystwyth, South Wales and Bangor universities.