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NPL support helps Naneum win IOP Innovation Award

Naneum was one of four winners of the inaugural Innovation Awards from the Institute of Physics (IOP) for developing and commercialising a portable 'scanning mobility particle sizer' for use in atmospheric physics, occupational health and environmental monitoring.

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The award winning Nano-ID NPS500 (image courtesy of Naneum)
The award winning Nano-ID NPS500
(image courtesy of Naneum)

NPL was able to assist Naneum with the development of their product by providing the use of NPL's dedicated Airborne Nanoparticle Laboratory. This facility generates a range of aerosolised nanoparticles for a comparison exercise and then NPL scientists help analyse the results. The support and confidence which NPL provided, helped Naneum validate their product and sped up the process of getting the product to market.

Canterbury-based Naneum Ltd developed its portable
'scanning mobility particle sizer', the Nanoparticle Size Spectrometer (Nano ID NPS500), specifically with mobile workers in mind. The new device can measure nanoparticle size distributions from 5 to 500 nanometres and, unlike some other particle sizers, does not require a low-level radioactive source to charge the nanoparticles before sizing. The product fills a gap in the market for a portable research-grade instrument and is forecast to earn the company more than £1.5 million over the next two years.

The IOP Innovation Awards recognise and celebrate companies in the UK and Ireland that have built their success on physics-based innovations. They promote physics as the spark at the centre of innovative companies in all sectors of the economy and show how businesses can achieve significant commercial success by understanding and developing physics-based innovations.

Naneum showcased their innovation at an exhibition on 3 October 2012 at the IOP Awards Ceremony.

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Contact: Jordan Tompkins

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2012
Created: 16 Oct 2012

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