This research within the Unit was in collaboration with TT Electronics
plc. to develop a novel low-ohmic thin film resistor for precision current
measurement in power management applications. TT Electronics plc. is an
international company with 6,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of
over £500 million to multinational clients such as BMW, Daimler and BAE
Systems. Since 2008 the benefits of this research to TT Electronics plc.
This case study describes impact from the Newcastle-led research project
to construct the world's first dedicated single-crystal diffraction
synchrotron beamline for chemistry and materials science at Daresbury
Laboratory Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS). The result was an
innovative and productive facility that has served as the model for the
development of other facilities internationally, especially at Diamond
Light Source (UK) and the Advanced Light Source (USA). The original
Newcastle University research has helped produce scientists now employed
by industry and public service sectors around the world. Major new and
beneficial drugs and catalysts have been developed with the aid of the
synchrotron beamlines and work conducted at these facilities has been
critically important for the advancement of the global chemical and
pharmaceutical industries and US Government energy development programmes.
The pioneering work of Steven Ley on polymer-supported reagents and
technology has helped change the way we achieve cleaner chemical
processes. The concepts and
techniques invented in Cambridge allow more sustainable processes to be
concomitant reduction in purification steps, shorter reaction times and
diminished solvent usage.
The work has led to a spin-out company (Reaxa), seeded the creation of a
number of other
companies, and resulted in the development of several devices for
continuous flow synthesis that
are now commercially available via Mettler-Toledo (USA) and Cambridge
Reactor Design (UK).
This technology is having an impact in industry, with continuous flow
processing increasingly being
used for full-scale commercial production.
Research undertaken by Dr John Baker at the University's Institute for
Name-Studies (INS) through the Leverhulme-funded Landscapes of Governance
Home's continuing research on planning and accommodation for
Gypsies/Travellers originated as far back as 1980, and contributed key
evidence to the Parliamentary Committee in 2004 leading to a statutory
requirement on local authorities to undertake local Gypsy/Traveller
Accommodation Assessments (GTAAs). The research-based methodology
pioneered in the Cambridge sub-region GTAA has become best practice for
GTAAs in the current REF period, and in 2011 media coverage of the
high-profile Dale Farm evictions drew upon his research through media
contributions by him (in TV, radio and newspapers).