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Research Areas

Biomedical Engineering

Bioprocess Engineering

Environmental Technology

Fluidics

Membrane Separation Technology

Surface and Particle Characterisation



 

Research Areas

Research

The Centre has extensive experimental and theoretical expertise and is well endowed with state-of-the-art equipment. The Centre is especially expert in six areas which are readily applicable to industrial requirements:


Biomedical Engineering .

Developments in the past two years have seen the emergence of Biomedical Engineering as a major new area of expertise for the Centre. Our expertise in rheology has been applied to blood coagulation forging a substantial collaboration with the NHS. The significance of haemorheology combined with our research into developing biomaterials for implantation and wound healing has led to projects with a spin-in company (Haemair Ltd) and the development of a new laboratory based at the NHS Hospital at Morriston. This new avenue of expertise, knowledge and resources represent a major new market for the Centre and has a range of opportunities for the NHS, medical devices and pharmaceutical industry.

Bioprocess Engineering.

The successful scale-up and exploitation of recent developments in biotechnology depends of the effective operation of bioreactors and the efficient recovery and separation of the desired products. Such biological materials are extremely complex in composition and physical properties and their processing is a key feature of the Centre's work. Expertise in this area is applicable to the bioscience and food industry. There are a number of bioscience companies in Wales with a technology overlap with the Centre. Some of these companies represent repeat custom for the Centre on commercial activities.

Environmental Technology

Environmental and process engineering issues are relevant to a multitude of industries. The Centres research focuses upon wastewater treatment, landfill, aquaculutre related issues.

Fluidics

The Centres expertise in rheology and cavitation have been merged to create Fluidics. This will be marketed towards the food and process industries where understanding the fluid dynamics and flow properties of materials is essential if the processing is to be effective and efficient.

Membrane separation processes.

These are the most important modern developments in the separation of multicomponent fluids. The Centre is an internationally leading exponent in the development of quantitative methods for the prediction of the industrial performance of such processes (microfiltration, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration). Markets include food, bioscience, environment and pharmaceuticals.

Surface and Particle Characterisation

The Centres previous areas of expertise in Atomic Force Microscopy and Colloids and Interfaces have been merged to form Surface and Particle Characterisation. It is also complimented with the addition of expertise and resource from the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre with the inclusion of SPMs and SNOM. The outcome is the availability of a characterisation service with applications ranging from food and process streams to the medical and silicon industry.


With wide ranging potential in the food industry, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, environmental protection and chemical processing, the Centre’s areas of expertise are well matched to the recent business growth areas in Wales.