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Nanotechnology is a rapidly-emerging field that has already generated over 1000 publicly-available nanotech products. Nanomaterials have unique properties arising from their nanoscale dimensions, which can be utilised in many fields, including electronics, magnetics, optics, information technology, materials development and biomedicine, and could revolutionise manufacturing. These technologies will allow the precise control of individual atoms and molecules, leading to an unprecedented ability to develop new materials, devices or solutions in many diverse areas. We are already seeing nanomaterials in sun screen, pharmaceuticals, scratchfree car paint and non-smelly socks. This is just the tip of the iceberg for future business opportunities.
Come along to this event at the Bristol & Bath Science Park to hear about the current state of play in nanoscience from leading academic researchers, and an entrepreneur with a current business perspective. In time, nanotechnology will revolutionise the way we live, work and communicate. This 'platform technology' will enable businesses to design and develop new applications, with the potential for massive growth. It will be well-worth your time understanding a little of the potential of nanotech.
In the last twelve years the UK government spending on nanotechnology is thought to have exceeded £640 million. With many leading nanoscience institutes doing leading research in the UK, this is a unique opportunity for an exciting collaboration between universities and industry. This networking meeting will be a great chance to meet academics and business people who are exploring the commercial opportunities in this field.
Professor Mervyn Miles FRS FInstP CPhys. Professor of Physics, Head of the Nanophysics and Soft Matter Group and Director of the Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information, University of Bristol.
His research activity over the last 20 years has been in the development and application of new scanning probe microscopes (SPM) with specific applications in soft matter. SPMs are major characterization techniques in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Recent developments include atomic force microscopes capable of over 1000 frames per second and video-rate non-contact force microscopes also capable of revealing the structure of water at the molecular scale above a biological surface. Recently, he has worked to develop nanotools controlled by holographic optical tweezers to study biological structures.
He has also published over 200 articles during his career and has given over 200 invited talks. He is the Chief Scientific Adviser for IOP Publishing.
Eric Mayes, CEO at Endomagnetics Ltd. Cambridge
Eric has a Phd in Chemistry from Bath and has been involved with three nanomaterials companies. He has a proven track record of developing early‐stage companies and building strong teams, having raised over $17M (£11M) in venture capital and being recognised as the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2003’.
The evening begins at 6pm with informal Networking over a glass of wine and an amazing Friska buffet.
18:00-18:45 Networking, food and drink
18:45-18:50 Chairman's introduction
20:15-20:30 Q & A
20:30-21:00 Further networking and refreshments
Thanks to the support of the Bristol and Bath Science Park we have an amazing venue for our 2013 series of events. This fabulous centre for innovation is easily accessible and has plenty of available parking.
If you are interested in finding out more about BEN (Bath & Bristol Enterprise Network), the network of the technology business community, or registering as a member, please click here: BEN
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SCN: Science City Bristol Network
SCN is the network for the technology business community. We run events that connect, inform and inspire.
We involve not just small and large science & technology businesses but also the region's universities, government, business networks, investors, service providers and social enterprises.
SCN is an activity of the non-profit company Science City Bristol Ltd.