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Industrial Outreach Laboratory 

The industrial outreach conducts research closely relevant to demands of industries of various sectors. Equipped with new technologies and backed up by experts range from University, to national and international scope, the outreach team help the industry to solve technical issues, enlarge network and approach funding opportunities. The research activities range from technology ready level (TRL) 1-6, fully supporting a new technology passing the Death Valley to market.

Key People: Prof. Sergei Turitsyn, Prof. David Webb, Prof. Lin ZhangDr Kaiming Zhou, Dr Neil Gordon, Dr David Benton, Dr Vladimir Osipov, Dr Amit Yadav. 

The team has received funding around £3m from EU and UK, including ERDF and InnovateUK.

Key project initiated and involved by industrial outreach group includes:

  • Fibre laser and sensor, phase I ( ERDF 2009-1012) €1.1m,
  • Fibre laser and sensor, phase II ( ERDF 2012-1015) €1.2m,
  • Innovative product support service (IPSS) ERDF 2016-2019)£300K
  • Collaborative research and development with Airbus (InnovateUK, 2015-2017) £220K
  • Collaborative research and development with Branscan, Warburton and Ardenphotonic (InnovateUK, 2014-2016) £180K
  • Collaborative research and development with Branscan, Warburton (InnovateUK, 2017-2019) £195K
  • Knowledge Transfer partnership with Optimec (InnovateUK, 2014-2016) £120K(£104518, 2 years)
  • Knowledge Transfer partnership with Gasdata (InnovateUK, 2013-2015) £156K (£81534, 1.5years)

A series of ERDF project has been funded to AIPT and a quite significant number of companies have received technical support from industrial outreach team, from the earlier fibre optical sensor and laser project to the recent IPSS .

Key people: Prof Sergei Turitsyn, Dr Kaiming Zhou

Gas Data Ltd embarked on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with academics from the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) to help develop and implement state of the art sustainable gas monitoring solutions. The project help Gasdata to introduce Laser technology to the company and develop new products which allow detection of gases either new to the company or with a limit used to be unachievable. As a result of the project, Gas data has seen an enlarged market and much increased revenue income.

Knowledge Transfer partnership with Optimec (InnovateUK, 2013-2015)

Key person: Prof David Webb

Optimec has over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of soft contact lens measuring instruments, and has a strong presence in the market. However new trend of contact lens, such as irregular shape, multiple focus,  begin to invade the company’s existing market. To this end, the industrial outreach team introduced the company a new technology , Optical coherence tomography  (OCT) which has recently been developed for ophthalmologist to examine eyes and a  KTP project was secured for developing a new generation of innovative soft contact lens measuring equipment.  currently called the Optimec is830.

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Development of fibre laser based spectroscopy technologies at near infrared (NIR) and Mid-infrared (MIR) for measurement chemicals in food stuff. Not only nutrition such as protein and moisture, contaminations are also within the scope being monitored. The technology relies on the integration of several in-house expertise including fibre optical sensing, fibre laser  , software and instrumentation.

Funded project:

  • Collaborative research and development with Branscan, Warburton and Ardenphotonic (InnovateUK, 2014-2016) £180K
  • Collaborative research and development with Branscan, Warburton (InnovateUK, 2017-2019) £195K

Key people:Dr Kaiming Zhou, Dr Vladislav Dovyrin, Prof Lin Zhang, Prof Sergei Turitsyn

 

In collaboration with Airbus Ltd, new photonic technologies were examined for measurement of parameters of fuel in resonance of new development of airplanes featured with composite materials.  The project proposed OCT , LIDAR, and fibre grating for measurement of level, layer and contamination in fuel.
Collaborative research and development with Airbus (InnovateUK, 2015-2017) £220K

Key people: Dr Neil Gordon, Dr Kaiming Zhou, Prof. David Webb