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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP.2011.2.1-1 | Award Amount: 4.94M | Year: 2012

Ceramic composite materials have for many years been considered to show great promise in the repair of musculoskeletal defects. The materials can mimic the structure of bone, and devices made from the materials can be structured to closely match the mechanical requirements of implant sites. In addition, wide ranges of bioactivity are possible, from inert to fully resorbable. Bioceramics have most commonly been used to date in dentistry, and in some orthopaedic applications, e.g. as an injectable paste for vertebroplasty, or as a coating material for metal orthopaedic implants. However, advances in cellular medicine bring great opportunity for significant growth in the bioceramics industry bioceramics and bioceramic composites offer levels of bioactivity which far exceed those available from metal implants, together with combinations of strength and modulus which exceed anything which can be offered by bioactive polymers on their own. Working in tandem with cells, proteins and other biologically active agents (both from the host and introduced) bioceramic composites have the potential to revolutionise many treatments and therapies, giving new, highly effective early stage clinical interventions for conditions where no approach has existed to date. In order to deliver on the potential shown by bioceramic composites the combination of mechanical design, materials, processing, clinical delivery and subsequent biological interaction all have to be understood in an integrated and systematic way. This proposal will address this underlying research and technological challenge in order to develop new bioceramic products for five SME partner companies.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: WASTE-1-2014 | Award Amount: 11.52M | Year: 2015

The overall objective of FISSAC project is to develop and demonstrate a new paradigm built on an innovative industrial symbiosis model towards a zero waste approach in the resource intensive industries of the construction value chain, tackling harmonized technological and non technological requirements, leading to material closed-loop processes and moving to a circular economy. A methodology and a software platform will be developed in order to implement the innovative industrial symbiosis model in a feasible scenario of industrial symbiosis synergies between industries (steel, aluminium, natural stone, chemical and demolition and construction sectors) and stakeholders in the extended construction value chain. It will guide how to overcome technical barriers and non technical barriers, as well as standardisation concerns to implement and replicate industrial symbiosis in a local/regional dimension. The ambition of the model will be to be replicated in other regions and other value chains symbiosis scenarios. The model will be applied based on the three sustainability pillars. FISSAC will demonstrate the applicability of the model as well as the effectiveness of the innovative processes, services and products at different levels: - Manufacturing processes: with demonstration of closed loop recycling processes to transform waste into valuable secondary raw materials, and manufacturing processes of the novel products at industrial scale - Product validation: with demonstration of the eco-design of eco-innovative construction products (new Eco-Cement and Green Concrete, innovative ceramic tiles and Rubber Wood Plastic Composites) in pre-industrial processes under a life cycle approach, and demonstration at real scale in different case studies of the application and the technical performance of the products - FISSAC model, with the demonstration of the software platform and replicability assessment of the model through living lab concept


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Concept | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2015

Glass microspheres represent a class of additives that offer enhanced mechanical performance, process control and cost benefits for the: (1) Biomedical sector - orthopaedic implants/cements, dental pastes & maxillofacial implants; and (2) Industrial sector - oil extraction, waterless gas fracking, water purification, transportation and aerospace. In 2013 the global microscopic glass spheres market was valued at US$3.4 billion [microspheres.us] and projected to reach US$5.9 billion by 2019 with growth driven by emerging applications, superior structural properties and increased demand for efficiency. Current crushing or milling methods are energy and temperature intensive affording geometrical irregularities and changes in the crystal morphology and thereby structural properties. Deficiencies include (1) non-homogeneous grain structure; (2) decreased tensile strength; (3) increased wear; and (4) premature mechanical failure. GTS wishes to conduct a Research project to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of designing, engineering and testing a small machine capable of utilising the energy associated with molten glass to (ideally) form uniform sub-micron glass spheres or (as a compromise) glass fibres or flakes which could act as precursors to spherification. Initial core focus will be placed upon servicing the biomedical industry, specifically for orthopaedic implants. Global health organisations including the NHS will economically benefit from efficiencies related to faster, less traumatic surgeries, faster mobilisation of patients and reduced risk of implant failure thus avoiding costly revision surgery. Similar benefits are also feasible for dental and maxillofacial surgical procedures which require implant coatings, cements and pastes. Emphasis will also be placed on exploring whether acquired know-how could allow technology transfer to glass sphere production for industrial applications e.g. oil and gas.


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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 156.65K | Year: 2016

This project is a collaboration between Glass Technology Services Ltd and Sheffield Hallam University that will undertake a feasibility study to develop lower-energy routes to produce commercial soda-lime-silica glass. We propose to make changes in raw materials composition and balance, including the partial replacement of batch ingredients in a glass melting furnace to reduce melting temperatures and melting times, and consequently reduce energy consumption, costs and emissions by 5-10% across the UK glass manufacturing industry. An innovative and critical aspect of this research will be to apply chemistry techniques to waste products from other industries (e.g. rice husk, banana waste, sea shells) to develop raw materials that can be introduced into glass melting processes to either reduce the high temperature viscosity or provide lower energy input for fusion. If successful this project will lead on to a second stage programme of applied research targeted at developing scalable technology that can be introduced into the UKs 18 glass manufacturing sites.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 120.98K | Year: 2015

The 12 month ‘Glass-based Proppant Optimised for Pure Propane Stimulation’ (Glass-PrOPPS) project will create a new consortium (Glass Technology Services, GTS and Swansea University, SU), to address a major barrier to the implementation of water-less fracking technologies through the development of a range of innovative, cost-effective customised glass-based proppants that are compatible with liquefied propane gas (LPG). This new technology will maximise productivity of the well, whilst minimizing the use of chemical additives and removing the need for large volumes of water. If successful the outcome from this project will facilitate the global industry-wide take-up of water-free, chemical-free, Pure Propane Stimulation (PPS) whilst increasing well productivity through improved penetration of proppant into well fractures, increased proppant permeability (the gas can escape through the packed proppant more easily) and greater resistance of proppant to back-flow. The project will demonstrate the feasibility (TRL=4) of a range of novel glass-based proppants to address a major barrier to the implementation of PPS technologies.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 1.04M | Year: 2015

This 3 year project will enable GTS to exploit the Apollo furnace technology plus glass science knowledge from the University of Sheffield, with direction provided by Sellafield Ltd and NNL, to develop the novel ‘Hazmelt’ thermal treatment process, capable of vitrifying a wide range of Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) streams. The Hazmelt process combines customised glass frits/oxide batch mixes with the ILW stream in a refractory lined melter which uses a novel electrode design (enabling a wide range of temperatures to be achieved) to melt, mix and vitrify the ILW to create a homogenised, highly durable end product with enhanced wasteform passivity and maximum volume reduction, offering a number of advantages over existing thermal treatment technologies for ILW. The project will demonstrate the Hazmelt technology through a series of furnace trials processing a range of simulated ILW compositions.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 23.10K | Year: 2015

This project will develop a novel route to manufacture millilitre-scale continuous flow reactors out of glass, with complex channel structures capable facilitating controlled flow & mixing of fluids. This technology will provide a more effective, compact and lower-cost route to manufacturing chemicals e.g. for biopharmaceuticals and functional foods. The project will deliver a number of devices with customised 3D channel structures that are capable of transporting and mixing liquids in a controlled manner without leakage or failure of the device.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 93.59K | Year: 2014

This project addresses process issues experienced when cutting flat glass substrates through the development of a novel glass-cutting technique which utilises laser technology. The process promises to deliver a cleaner, safer more cost-effective process with a payback of less than two years. If successful the technology offers a step-change in glass processing capabilities and has the potential to be applied across several other sectors (e.g. tableware, glass fibres, photonics, optical glass, solar panels etc.).


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP | Award Amount: 2.45M | Year: 2014

The LUSTRE-IAPP has emerged from a background of successful bilateral academic and industrial collaborations within the UK and Italian partners, in which the knowledge transfer and training of ERs and ESRs are centred on four key aspects of academic research leading to KT and commercialisation activities. These are in the areas of: a) in the engineering and fabrication of laser glass hosts for surgical dentistry, b) mode-locked laser cavity engineering for laboratory prototype, c) laser system development for dental surface tissue engineering and d) application of laser system in ex-vivo and in vitro scenarios for future in vivo clinical trials. The main goal for the project is to demonstrate applications of mode-locked laser systems in ex vivo and in vitro scenarios, which provides engineering acid erosion resistant enamel on extracted human and bovine tissues. Relevant training activity will provide the necessary safety regulations for implementation of laser systems for ultimate clinical use in the future. For enabling such KT activities, the UK partners have strong evidence for previous KT activities through collaborative training at PhD research, which led to the proofs-of-concept and formed the basis for LUSTRE-IAPP. The flow of knowledge transfer is also geared towards manufacturing within the SME sector via value addition for commercialisation, by accruing benefits for the knowledge generating partners, long term collaboration, impact on sustainable training, and commercial exploitation opportunities in future for public health impact in the area of oral and dental health. Immediate impact is expected in reducing the spread of acid erosion and tooth loss in the general population. Beyond 10 years the impact of such knowledge transfer should also be seen in other areas of hard and musculoskeletal tissues and regenerative therapies.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 116.44K | Year: 2016

This project will develop and demonstrate a low cost tuneable fibre-laser Phospho-Tellurite fibre laser (BTPT- laser) operating across the 1000-1500nm bandwidth which will give endoscopic surgeons to unambiguously detect the precancerous and cancerous tissue by producing images and chemical maps differentiating between cancerous and the healthy tissue, but also determine the shape and size of the cancer/precancerous region for resection. At present this capability is not available anywhere in the world.ublic Project Summary

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