Energy & environment
Ammonia separation and crystallisation reactor
Cranfield University have developed an innovative process for the selective separation of ammonia from contaminated fluids. This enables process intensification over the state-of-the-art, and further provides simultaneous transformation into a high purity crystalline fertiliser product. These combined facets enable reduced processing, lower costs and new value streams to be realised.
Novel electroactive material for automotive Li-ion batteries
The University of Cambridge are seeking to commercialise high-performance Li-ion batteries for the automotive market. The technology relies on an advanced nanomaterial to replace the standard material used for the negative battery electrode (graphite). This material significantly improves energy density, power density, cycle life, safety, and cost compared with commercially available batteries.
Molecular envelope technology for brain drug delivery
Nanomerics Ltd’s molecular envelope technology (MET) is a nanoparticle technology that enables drugs to be targeted to areas of pathology. The technology wraps around drug molecules and “sneaks” them through biological barriers such as membranes. For example, Nanomerics' MET can target drugs to the brain to treat pain.
An in-vivo phenotypic drug discovery platform for Parkinson's disease
Parkure Ltd use genetically engineered fruit flies to discover new drugs for treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The cost-efficient procedure allows testing of more drugs than ever before in a living organism, overcoming the obstacles that have stopped traditional approaches from finding a cure.
Food & drink
Probe to simultaneously measure multiple nutrients in water
Currently if someone wants to measure the ionic nutrient content of soil, compost or liquid fertiliser they have to send a sample to a lab. CleanGrow Uk Ltd have developed a probe which contains six solid state ion electrodes, each capable of measuring a different ion, including magnesium, nitrate and phosphate.
Novel purification of vegetable oils using a vitamin based technology
Green Lizard Technologies Ltd have developed a novel, vitamin-based technology for the purification of vegetable oils. The technology reduces various impurities and eliminates carcinogenic compounds such as 3-MCPD. The vitamin can be regenerated and reused in further oil purification and contributes to significant reductions in process intensity and provides safety and security for consumers.
Materials & enabling technologies
BionGel: An electrically conductive gel for high resolution implantable bionics
Imperial College London have developed a new electrode material for use in medical devices and diagnostics. BionGel is a soft, flexible gel-like material which has superior electrical and mechanical performance when compared to conventional metal electrodes. It can be applied to existing devices and customised to interact with specific body tissues.
High-definition thermal mapping using luminescence memory materials
Sensor Coating Systems Ltd’s thermal history technology will replace current industry standard thermal paints and offers very significant advantages in power generation, aero engines and automotive. The technology is robust and non-destructive, thereby enabling multiple tests of components used in the development process.