MOFgen: metal-organic frameworks for medical device coatings
MOFgen Ltd, from the University of St Andrews, develops and manufactures highly porous metal-organic framework materials for applications in healthcare. MOFgen focuses on materials that deliver active agents for coating urinary catheters, cardiovascular devices and advanced wound therapies.
Air filtration technology for the removal of formaldehyde
Porous organic cages are a class of materials that can be used to selectively remove low concentration species. The University of Liverpool has shown that it can efficiently remove low concentration formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, from the air. The team proposes that this material can form the basis of an domestic air filtration technology.
Abiotic wastewater fuel cell for water remediation and electricity generation
SweetGen Ltd’s abiotic fuel cell-like system produces electricity from low quality fuels dissolved in wastewater streams from different industries with the additional benefit of cleaning the water.
Novel material paradigm for high resolution electron beam lithography
Sci-Tron’s electron beam lithography resist materials will enable the fabrication of masks for the next generations of semiconductor manufacturing processes, unlocking the development of more complex, higher performance integrated circuits (ICs) with lower power consumption. Benefits of advanced ICs include the possibility to add more computing power and 'intelligence' at lower cost.
Advanced infrared breath diagnostic devices
Ulm University is using substrate-integrated hollow waveguides to facilitate the development of label-free miniaturised breath diagnostic devices, based on mid-infrared sensing technology. This allows quantitative determination of volatile organic biomarkers in exhaled breath within minute sample volumes, with high time resolution, and with inherent molecular selectivity at trace levels.
Novel membrane electrode assembly for direct-methanol fuel cells
Graphene is impermeable to all gases and liquids; however, it has been found to be highly permeable to thermal protons. Eksagon Group Ltd’s membrane electrode assembly will be re-engineered to offer high proton conductivity, chemical and thermal stability, and impermeability to hydrogen, water and methanol.
Portable cyanide detection kit for food safety control
CyanoGuard has developed innovative quick tests for toxic cyanide in food and blood. The test tube technology combines efficient and easy-to-handle indicators for cyanide with solid-phase extraction and will improve environmental monitoring, food safety control and health care in remote settings and locations.
Synthetic dental biomaterials for repair and regeneration
Current materials for dentistry do not interface well with biological tissues. The University of Nottingham has developed therapeutic biomaterials for dental treatments by supporting native stem cells for tissue repair and regeneration. This approach could significantly impact the practice of dentistry and establish a new paradigm for dental treatments.
Block copolymer hydrogels for human stem cell storage
Human stem cells enter stasis when immersed in the University of Sheffield’s new block copolymer hydrogels. Normally, pluripotency is maintained either by proliferation, which is not feasible in transit, or by cryopreservation at 77K. The latter approach is both expensive and inefficient. These new cost-effective hydrogels enable convenient global stem cell transportation.
Chemical sensor technology for volatile organic compounds
SensorHut Ltd has developed a new gas-sensing approach based on a nano-structured optical element that adsorbs chemical substances so that they can be optically analysed to determine their chemical composition. The advantages are higher sensitivity, better selectivity and miniaturisation compared to conventional optical instruments.
On-site hydrogen peroxide generation
HPNow has developed a proprietary technology to generate hydrogen peroxide from water and air, enabling on-site and on-demand synthesis of the chemical, dramatically reducing its application cost.
Interface active polyolefins
The University of Warwick has developed new interface-active polymers through a patent-pending processes. These 'polymer soaps' contain polyolefin and polar segments which help one polymer mix with another (for example, for composite manufacture and recycling), and permit polyolefin surfaces to accept adhesives or coatings without the use of harsh and expensive treatments.