Nanotechnology at the University of Surrey

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is the formation, study and application of objects which are between a thousandth and a millionth of a millimetre in size. At this length scale, the properties (mechanical, electronic, chemical, biological, etc) can change dramatically, leading to new phenomena and new functional materials. Nanotechnology will have a significant impact on the world in terms of new technologies, materials, and devices. Understanding the impact of these technologies - the new opportunities and the threats to exisiting technologies - will allow strategic decisions to be made. At the same time, the term 'nanotechnology' has entered the public domain accompanied by extravagent descriptions varying from a panacea for the world's technological problems to a threat to public safety. Understanding what nanotechnology really offers is therefore essential.


What can the University of Surrey offer?

The University of Surrey, Guildford, has a reputation for excellence in research in the fields of materials, electronics, communications, ion beam technology and subjects allied to medicine.Nanotechnology is a common thread running through them all.

Easy access to Nanotechnology Knowledge at the University of Surrey can generate increased profits, opportunities for graduate recruitment and professional development within your organisation.

Nanotechnolgy is truly multi-disciplinary, bringing together Electronics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computing and Engineering.


Facilities and Expertise

The University of Surrey has a unique range of analytical equipment and world-renown expertise in the field of nanotechnology and its applications. The University can provide nanofabrication facilities, detailed analysis and information on nanomaterial surface and subsurface quality and composition, strength, fitness for purpose, life cycle considerations of nanomaterials.

Consultancy in Nanotechnology, Nanosafety and Risk Management

The University of Surrey is unique in its broad range of disciplines involved in research into the development of nanotechnology and its impact in the technical, engineering, medical, toxicological, environmental and ethical contexts. UniS can therefore provide formal guidance to your business in the formulation of policy, industrial process, health and safety standards and quality assurance. The University can also provide a source of impartial information vital to the debate on nanotechnology issues.

Training and Knowledge Transfer

The University of Surrey provides business with access to up-to-date knowledge developed within the field of micro and nanotechnology through the provision of short, continual professional development (CPD) courses, that are carefully constructed to form modular components, and can lead to a MSc degree. Courses can also be held on the company premises and are recognised for CPD by the Institute of Materials.

The Engineering Doctorate in Micro-and NanoMaterials and Technologies (EngD) provides a combination of high quality education and research experience to enable Research Engineers to acquire the necessary scientific, business and personal skills to allow them to make a significant contribution to industrial research.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), aimed particularly at small or medium sized companies, provide up to 60% of the costs for strategic, high-level development projects whereby the knowledge at the University is imparted to your company via an associate researcher.

Why choose the University of Surrey?

Nanotechnolgy is truly multi-disciplinary, bringing together Electronics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computing and Engineering.


The University, located in Guildford, is a leading UK professional, scientific and technological University, with a world-class research profile and reputation for excellence in research in the fields of materials, electronics, communications and ion beam technology in which nanotechnology is embedded. It is ranked in the top five UK universities with respect to staff classified as world-class researchers and is continually has the highest graduate employment rating. The University's own research and enterprise activities, epitomised by the Surrey Research Park, are highly successful in attracting inward investment and fostering links with many world-class organisations. This commercially orientated heritage is reflected in the fact that it is has the third-highest endowment income of all UK universities.


Nanotechnology at the University of Surrey

The Nanotechnology Forum

A number of organisation contribute to nano research, including the

Nanotechnology research is also carried out at a number of other groups including the UniS Materials Institute, the Advanced Technology Institute and the Ion Beam Centre.

The Nano-Electronics Centre and the NanoSafe Group

The UniS Materials Institute is

The Ion Beam Centre

Nanotechnology Forum

Nanoelectronics Centre (NEC)

NanoSafe Group

The University has a wide portfolio of already established public and business funded programmes in nanotechnology. The NanoElectronics Centre (NEC) has secured Portfolio Grant funding in the areas of nanotechnology, system on a chip and plastic electronics. The NEC is also working nationally and internationally with academia and industry and currently has collaborative projects with the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex as part of the EPSRC-funded Carbon Based Electronics Project. A NanoBioElectronic Centre, a joint collaboration between the NEC and the School of Biomedical and Microbiological Sciences, has been established this year with over £4 million of new equipment.

The Ion Beam Centre (IBC) within the Advanced Technology Institute has been awarded funding to construct and utilise a new nanobeam facility for fabrication and analysis.

Other funded research areas within the School of Biomedical Sciences include High Performance Nanocomposite Insulation Systems and Polyolefin nanocomposites within the Polymer Research Centre, and Hybrid inorganic-organic materials for electrochemical devices, chemically bonded ceramics, nanocomposites, catalysis and biomimicry within the Materials Chemistry Group.

There are also number of business sponsored programmes involved in nanotechnology process and safety issues.

Who is this site for?

If you are from business or industry this site provides details of the research, development, nanomaterials and applications of nanotechnology being undertaken at the University of Surrey, and some of the services available, such as nanofabrication and analysis.

If you are from another University or Institute, this site gives details of our research groups within the Schools, their activities and contact details.

If you are a student it gives a brief introduction to nanotechnology and to some of the materials, devices and applications that University of Surrey researchers are investigating, as well as information on courses available.

If you are looking for information concerning safety and ethical issues attached to nanotechnology, the site directs you to expertise within the University to give technical, process, toxicological and ethical advice and information.



Your first point of contact for Nanotechnology at the University of Surrey is
Dr Phil Costen, at UniSdirect.  (Tel: 01483 683788).





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