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Research Council hails Complex Fluids Group's activity as Best Practice

The Complex Fluids Portfolio Partnership has been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as a leading example of best practice in the management of large-scale research activities.

One example of the Portfolio Partnership's current activities is a collaborative project with the NHS to establish a new laboratory for blood clot research at Swansea's Morriston Hospital. Other areas in which the Partnership is active include paint, glue, lubricants, ink and various food products.

The University's EPSRC Portfolio Partnership in 'Complex Fluids and Complex Flows' has enjoyed particular success in combining researchers from four very different groups, namely the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, the Centre for Complex Fluids Processing, the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Research Centre and the University of Wales Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics at Swansea and at Cardiff University.

The Partnership has succeeded in unifying the research focus of these groups under a central theme, which has led to major scientific advances in theoretical, computational and experimental studies of the behaviour of Complex Fluids at the 'meso-scale' (sub-microscopic scales of length).

Professor Rhodri Williams of the University's School of Engineering commented 'we are delighted to be held up as an example of best practice by the EPSRC and we look forward to being featured in their documentation. This is an extremely prestigious development as we are being singled out from other distinguished UK research groups that also hold Portfolio Partnerships.'

Much of the Portfolio's current research takes place in new, shared laboratories which are the envy of colleagues and competitors worldwide. The Portfolio is run on a 'portfolio of projects' basis with a mix of highly speculative innovative ideas running alongside longer term research-the EPSRC were particularly impressed by the way in which the Portfolio Team manages this huge range of activity and its excellent record in converting leading postdoctoral researchers to longer term staff by winning prestigious Fellowships.