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NPL and University of Surrey win three collaborative research awards

Strengthening the long-term partnership between the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Surrey, three collaborative PhD research proposals were selected from among 17 strong competing bids.

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Led by Dr Giuseppe Schettino of NPL and Dr Silvia Pani at Surrey, one studentship project aims to develop a mammography screening technique based on the use of gold nanoparticles and a novel detector. This technique could highlight the presence of cancer at a very early stage, using a lower radiation dose than conventional procedures, and thereby minimising the cumulative radiation dose over a lifetime. The project is entitled 'Effectiveness of Au nanoparticles as contrast agent in diagnostic applications using hyperspectral X-ray imaging'.

The second studentship, 'Nonlinear Microwave Metrology for Next Generation Wireless Applications' is being led by Nick Ridler at NPL and Dr Peter Aaen at Surrey. The project aims to develop better techniques for measuring and modelling nonlinear devices and systems, enabling more efficient power amplification to support the 5G wireless networks of the future.

The third collaborative studentship, 'Development of validated approaches for the performance assessment of fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) composite structural elements', is being led at Surrey by Professor Andy Crocombe and at NPL by Mike Gower. The studentship will link state-of-the-art non-destructive-evaluation techniques with advanced techniques for modelling composite materials behaviour in structural applications, enabling manufacturers to assess damage and predict how this will affect a product's lifetime performance. This will enable better, more efficient designs across a range of industries including wind energy, aerospace, automotive, construction, prosthetics and sports.

Professor Graham Sims of NPL commented: "Our long-term collaboration with the University of Surrey has led to many successes over the years and continues with these studentships, which bring our collaborative research, based on metrology and applied science, to three very different fields."

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Last Updated: 9 Oct 2014
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