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University of Surrey to open £4m nano-manufacturing hub

The University of Surrey is set to open a new nano-manufacturing hub, kickstarting the UK’s smart device revolution.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £1.6m to the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey to establish a hub that will make the manufacturing of smart materials and self-powered electronics a reality in the UK.

The £4.2m project, supported by 32 partner organisations, was co-developed with QinetiQ and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

The University of Surrey will use some of the funds to purchase the innovative NanoOPS printer, designed by Northeastern University, that will give the hub the ability to produce plastic nanoscale electronics suitable for devices such as wearable sensors, electronic tags, and various wireless technologies.

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