New research units are opened

UK Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson opened two specialist hi-tech facilties when he visited Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. The units at the Abingdon centre are being developed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority...

Silver could solve touch-screen challenges

Physicists at the University of Sussex are developing a new material for touch-screen devices that has already proved to be more flexible and to have higher conductivity than current technologies. Working in collaboration with M-SOLV Ltd,...

Research breakthrough made at the University of Warwick

University of Warwick spin-out Interface Polymers Ltd is pioneering a new way of making plastic alloys and composite materials. The work uses the company’s patented range of polymer additives named Polarfins, which modify the surface...

Reviews call for better education for young scientists

Two eminent British academics have published recommendations to improve the job prospects of graduates in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees. A stronger focus on employment outcomes and more real-life work experience were among...

Team announce reaction breakthrough

Scientists at the universities of Bristol and Newcastle have uncovered the secret of an elusive chemical reaction in a bacterium that lives at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The research team hopes that the...

Educational charity supports chemicals industry

The Outward Bound Trust is working with Cogent Skills and the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) to develop apprenticeship training programmes based on the Life Sciences and Industrial Science (LS&IS) Trailblazer assessment plans. John McCarthy, a...

Report suggests Brexit could hit UK chemicals industry hard

A hard-hitting report has suggested that the British chemicals sector could face a £7bn loss of exports in the worst case event of a Brexit without a replacement Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the...

Chemists’ work leads to diagnostic device

Work in a chemistry laboratory has allowed University of Bath spin-out biotechnology company Atlas Genetics to win approval from the EU to sell a device that detects the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. The Atlas io® system...

Collaboration to develop new surfactant manufacturing techniques

A project is under way to develop a novel method for the continuous production of a range of market-leading surfactants. The Teesside-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is working with speciality chemical manufacturer Croda Europe,...

Confidence high in sector

Businesses in the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industry, who are Britain’s leading manufacturing exporters, are looking forward to another year of growth in 2016, according to a survey. The survey of business confidence for members...