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Welcoming the University of Huddersfield to Sci-tech Daresbury

A new laboratory opened by the University of Huddersfield at Sci-Tech Daresbury, will play an important role for STFC in the delivery of its science programme.

The new laboratory at Sci-Tech Daresbury, one of the UK's leading science and innovation campuses, and home to STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, forms part of a drive by the University of Huddersfield to develop strategic partnerships with specialists on the campus in the Liverpool City Region.

Initially, the team of researchers will focus on ultra-precision surfaces, particularly optics, lenses and mirrors, which STFC needs to deliver its science programme in ground and space-based astronomy, high power lasers and synchrotrons.  From this facility the University of Huddersfield also hopes to work with other similar organisations around the world.

Kate Ronayne, Executive Director of Business and Innovation at STFC, said: “The University of Huddersfield’s new laboratory is an important addition to the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus which adds an exciting complementary capability to our existing facilities at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory.  We look forward to working closely with the team to develop innovations that significantly benefit industry and the economic impact of our science and facilities.”

The Huddersfield team joins a vibrant Higher Education presence, across both Daresbury Laboratory and the wider Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus.  This includes the universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde at the Cockcroft Institute, the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre and ESPRC’s SuperSTEM facility, which is led by the University of Leeds and joined by the Universities of Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and York.

The team is working on developing new and improved methods to process ultra-precision surfaces using CNC machines and robots and is starting to explore fully autonomous manufacturing using Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods.

Professor David Walker, one of the leaders of ultra-precision surfaces research at the University of Huddersfield, said: “Our main reason for locating to this nationally important research campus is to develop strategic alliances with STFC, to identify partnerships with other organisations at Sci-Tech Daresbury and forge collaborative links with industry, research organisations and universities, including the Hartree Centre on future work on AI. Our ultra-precision polishing Zeeko machines are among the most advanced in the world and we see STFC as a potential end user of the sort of high specification optics we can make here for astronomy, space and synchrotron optics.”

Read the full press release on the Sci-Tech Daresbury website.

Last updated: 27 September 2019

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