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NanoKTN’s support facilitates research collaboration between the University of Southampton and Oxford Instruments

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce the ongoing success of a collaboration between one its members Oxford Instruments and the University of Southampton. The partnership, which is creating the cutting-edge nanotechnology needed for smaller, low power devices, has enabled the UK-based company to develop its processes and improve capabilities, providing a vehicle to drive forward further commercialisation of the business.

Oxford Instruments provides high technology tools and systems for industrial and research markets. This involves a combination of core technologies in areas such as advanced growth, deposition and etching, low temperature and high magnetic field environments, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and X-ray electron and optical based metrology. The Company has formed a partnership with the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton to expand its research capabilities and increase the processes it is able to offer to customers.

"This collaboration has been enormously beneficial to Oxford Instruments. We have 9 systems installed in the University’s Nanofabrication Centre and our Process engineers have access to the University’s equipment, in effect expanding our research facilities," explains Frazer Anderson, Business Development Director at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology. "Working with the University of Southampton has enabled us to improve our products and promote ourselves better technically. One of our key objectives has been to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of the world through science and technology. This collaboration with such a prestigious research University is just the type of activity that will achieve this end."

Dr Alec Reader, Director of the NanoKTN, was instrumental in facilitating the initial discussions between Oxford Instruments and the University of Southampton and has offered support and advice throughout the whole process.

Alec Reader comments, "By helping UK businesses like Oxford Instruments to improve their productivity through the use of expertise and technology found at academic bases we are helping to ensure the future of UK nanotechnology is securely embedded in the global market. We have worked with Oxford Instruments now for a long time and are delighted to see them going from strength to strength."

The NanoKTN is dedicated to facilitating the transfer of knowledge within industry and has helped many organisations strengthen business and generate connections. Oxford Instruments has worked with the NanoKTN since it was established and has attended many of the NanoKTN’s events, using them as a key networking tool to generate sales leads.

Frazer Anderson adds, "The continued advice and support offered by the NanoKTN assisted us in finding a state-of-the-art research facility where we can promote our products and carry out research. The help offered by the NanoKTN’s proactive staff and the information obtained from attending events has been extremely useful to us, and Alec Reader helped pave the way to making that first contact with the University."

Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.

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