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Case Studies

STFC strives to  maximise the impact of our science and technology for the benefit of the UK and its people.
 
This is a vitally important at any time, but especially so now, given the challenges the UK faces to  maintain  the economy and the important role that science must play in this task.  
 

We continue to improve our approach to impact reporting.

Helping start-ups access world-class machining facilities
06 August 2014
Helping start-ups access world-class machining facilities

STFC’s Innovation Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) provides flexible, affordable access to state-of-the-art machining facilities, which have enabled Oxfordshire SME Oxsensis to reduce their R&D costs and further grow the business.

Revealing hidden secrets in closed containers
06 August 2014
Revealing hidden secrets in closed containers

It’s a potential game-changer – the ability to ‘see’ inside bottles and bags, regardless of opacity, and instantly identify exactly what they contain. From detecting dangerous liquids in airline luggage to verifying the quality of pharmaceutical products, the positive impacts extend from industry into the heart of everyday life. Lower costs, faster processes, better safeguards for the public: these are just a few key benefits of a capability that, thanks to innovative laser applications develop.

A thriving environment with space to succeed
05 August 2014
A thriving environment with space to succeed

The Harwell Campus has a strong reputation for excellence in the space sector. For Oxford Space Systems, locating at STFC’s Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) provided them with the ideal environment to flourish, in the epicentre of the thriving space cluster at Harwell.

Incubation facilities to help SMEs sparkle
05 August 2014
Incubation facilities to help SMEs sparkle

Carrying out R&D using high temperatures and flammable hydrogen can be almost impossible for an SME due to the expensive laboratory infrastructure required. Through the facilities at STFC’s Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC), Designed Materials were able to set up their R&D space and start operating quickly and safely.

Using ISIS to optimise train wheel design with Lucchini UK
04 August 2014
Using ISIS to optimise train wheel design with Lucchini UK

A consortium of private companies and research organisations have been using the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s ISIS neutron and muon facility to optimise the design of train wheels.

Breakthrough for babies born with severe cleft palates
24 July 2014
Breakthrough for babies born with severe cleft palates

STFC’s ISIS facility has been used to develop a novel material which is designed to improve the treatment of cleft palates, speeding up healing times and reducing operating costs.

New drugs treatment to help Parkinson's patients
24 July 2014
New drugs treatment to help Parkinson's patients

STFC funded Diamond Light Source is working with UK industry to better understand Parkinson’s disease, which affects seven million people worldwide.

Fostering small business research and innovation
24 July 2014
Fostering small business research and innovation

STFC is providing leading-edge laboratory space for high-tech SMEs to improve their efficiency and competitiveness.

Using X-rays to improve the durability of Luxfer gas cylinders
23 July 2014
Using X-rays to improve the durability of Luxfer gas cylinders

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) has provided Luxfer Gas Cylinders with access to testing facilities at the Diamond Light Source in order to optimise the damage resistance of their product designs.

Publically funded research combats foot-and-mouth disease
14 July 2014
Publically funded research combats foot-and-mouth disease

Using the expertise in foot-and-mouth disease at The Pirbright Institute and facilities for determining protein structures at Diamond Light Source and its predecessor the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS), researchers have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

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