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NanoKTN backs Oxford Instruments' drive to commercialisation

NanoKTN backs Oxford Instruments' drive to commercialisation

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has announced the ongoing success of a collaboration between one of its members, Oxford Instruments, and the University of Southampton.

According to the UK knowledge based network for micro and nanotechnologies, the partnership, which is creating cutting edge nanotechnology needed for smaller, low power devices, has enabled the UK based company to develop its processes and improve capabilities. This, adds the NanoKTN, is providing a vehicle to drive forward further commercialisation of the business.

Oxford Instruments provides tools and systems for industrial and research markets, which involves a combination of core technologies in areas such as advanced growth, deposition and etching, low temperature and high magnetic field environments, and optical based metrology. The company 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," said Frazer Anderson, business development director at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology. "We have nine 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. 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.
"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," said Reader. "We have worked with Oxford Instruments now for a long time and are delighted to see them going from strength to strength."

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

Chris Shaw

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