NMR virtual training course dates announced
The CAYMAN project team are pleased to announce the dates for the second NMR vitual learning sessions. The course will take place on the mornings of July 7th, 14th and 21st between 9.00AM and 1.00PM. The fully funded course open to SMEs in the Leeds City Region will be provided on-line through Zoom and will involve an introduction to NMR and some of the more advanced techniques with case studies, plus expert guidance and hands-on experience of how to analyse samples and interpret data. It is open to anyone working in an SME, both to those new to NMR or more experienced scientists.
Project CAYMAN successfully engaging with regional SMEs to provide NMR based R&D
Following a well-attended and productive launch event in January, the University of Bradford’s ERDF funded 3-year programme “Project CAYMAN” has continued to attract a broad range of local companies allowing them to take advantage of the new high specification Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) suite based at the City Campus. The NMR suite is now installed and fully operational and will allow scientists at the University to perform sophisticated NMR experiments, including diffusion type measurements, that will help local companies with their R&D drive to develop new processes and products.
Despite the closure of the University research facilities in late March due to COVID-19, the project team is actively discussing new R&D projects with 10 SMEs and has at least 3 projects already defined and ready to start once the facilities are reopened. Director of the University Analytical Centre, Dr Richard Telford, says he is “delighted with the progress of project CAYMAN and is pleased to be working with and supporting so many regional companies with several more in the pipeline”.
For example, the CAYMAN team is currently working with a Huddersfield based micro-SME developing a unique hair product, the team will investigate the polymer composition of one of the key components of their new product. We are also discussing a R&D project with the development team at Astonish, a thriving Bradford based SME focused on manufacture and marketing of a range of home cleaning products. The University will help to improve the process for manufacture of one of their best selling products.
The project team are also planning a fully-funded virtual training course in NMR for early in 2021 which will involve an introduction to NMR and some of the more advanced techniques with case studies, plus expert guidance and hands-on experience of how to analyse samples and interpret data. It is open to anyone working in an SME, both to those new to NMR or more experienced scientists.
CAYMAN LAUNCH EVENT
The CAYMAN Launch Event took place in the Norcroft Centre at the University of Bradford on 29th January 2020 and provided information about how SMEs can benefit from undertaking fully funded Research and Innovation projects with the University or obtaining free training and access to our new high field NMR facilities.
The presentations at the event introduced the use and applications of high-field NMR in many industry sectors including polymers, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food, and how conventional and diffusion based NMR methods can become a valuable analytical tool for R&D. The event also provided information to SMEs about regional and national grant funding schemes for R&D including KTPs and regional innovation funding and offered great networking opportunities for attendees.
The event was attended by many regional SMEs and was very well received.
“Your event was very professionally organised programme with all the speakers making presentations which were pitched at the right level and delivered with great enthusiasm and clarity. You deserve congratulations and, more importantly, success for the way that you are now coordinating the strengths you have at the UoB for helping companies in the region”
Emeritus Professor A F Johnson, Gluco Technology Limited