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The Department of Applied Sciences has a long history of working in collaboration with industry to carry out commercially focused research to develop new products and innovative solutions to real world problems. The department covers a wide range of scientific disciplines through research groups and enterprise units. These include:

We engage with business in several different ways dependent on the requirements of our partners. Here are a few ways in which we have engaged with partners and could engage with your organisation:

Collaborative research
We have experience of working with organisations to deliver bespoke contract and collaborative research projects. Typically these projects have been funded by industry or governmental funding schemes such as the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and research councils. Examples of successful TSB collaborative R&D project projects carried out in the department include:

  • Development of efficient, low cost and sustainable biocatalytic processes for the production of high value chemicals.
  • Development of new and value added ingredients from food processing byproducts.
  • Using synthetic biology to create microbes to convert cheap biomass into green sustainable chemicals.

Collaborative Doctoral Research Studentship Scheme
The Department of Applied Sciences has a long tradition of carrying out co-funded collaborative doctoral research with external partners such as AkzoNobel, Procter & Gamble and bioMérieux. The Collaborative Doctoral Research Studentship scheme is jointly funded by the University and external organisations to carry out research on behalf of industry. Benefits to industry include; Access to knowledge and new ways of thinking outside of their organisational experience, external input in to a research project via a specialist Principal Supervisor and access to a range of physical and virtual resources to support the research project.
The department also has experience of using the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme (KTPs) to transfer its expertise to companies in biotechnology and pigment technology.

Contract Research
The department of Applied Science has carried out various contract research projects for external organisations from global companies to regional SMEs. Example of past projects include:

  • Development of new techniques and reagents for use in diagnostic medicine for the identification of cancer.
  • Research to mitigate contaminant formation in food processing.
  • Genomic sequencing and characterisation of genomes.
  • Development of reagents to enable the detection and identification of clinically important micro-organisms.

We are able to offer bespoke consultancy utilising a wide range of expertise. The following are examples of consultancy currently available, however, please contact us with any query

  • Art conservation research and consultancy: analysis of artists’ materials and techniques and paint and fiber analysis.
  • Forensic case work for both prosecution and defence including forensic DNA profiling, facial identification, Interpretation of fibres, Analytical toxicology.
  • Genomic sequencing through NU-OMICS




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