University of Birmingham is Runner-up at TechWorld

Fifteen universities entered the prestigious University Excellence Competition held at TechWorld, on Thursday 17 November at ExCeL, the UK’s largest international technology event. Celebrating the best of UK innovation in the science and technology industries, the awards span three categories; Enabling Creativity, Energy and Environment, and Digital Connected World.

The University of Birmingham exhibited at the event and was runner-up in the poster competition. The Facility for Environmental Nanoscience Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC), which provides a number of services to business for the analysis and characterisation of nanoparticles, was highly praised.  Judges were impressed by the substantial benefits this facility has for industry in various sectors including environmental remediation, medicine and energy production. Concerns about health, safety and environmental impacts of materials have led to considerable research in this new field and FENAC will enable industry to better understand the ‘nano safety’ of their products, increasing the sustainability of newly developed materials, reducing hazards and, ultimately, their costs.

Jamie Lead is Professor of Environmental Nanoscience and Director of FENAC funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He is overall leader and principal investigator of, amongst other projects, a major US-UK consortium supported by the Environmental Nanoscience Initiative (funded by the USEPA, NERC, EPSRC, DEFRA and the Environment Agency )) aimed at understanding the hazards and risks of manufactured nanoparticles in the natural environment.

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About Technology World

TechWorld (16 – 17 November 2011, ExCel, London), hosted by UK Trade & Investment and now in its 6th successful year, is the UK’s largest international technology event. This year it attracted more than 2500 delegates, including 500 international investors and buyers, 500 entrepreneurs, 100 venture capitalists, 100 exhibitors, 1000 UK technology companies and more than 60 UK Trade and Investment Commercial Officers.