This item was seen on Linked In: “an electronic chemicals manufacturer based in India wants to find out if there is be an opportunity to develop chemicals/materials with a partner/client for specific electronic applications. The applications could be display, electronic packaging or energy materials. We have a really good R and D set up and manufacturing facilities based in India. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss more.”
UK Innovation Forum (www.uk-if.org) has a number of chemical requests on its forum page (under Engineering, Physics and Chemistry). Generally the enquirer seeks a particular functionality – and recognizes that it is delivered by chemistry.
Other headings (Green Tech, Life Sciences, Biotech, Medicine) may also feature chemical requirements, possibly allied to a lesser awareness of the role of chemistry.
The Technology Strategy Board has announced the introduction of Innovation Vouchers in 2012 at:
the main page highlights space, built environment and agri-food (which includes: innovations in plant or animal breeding that deliver new or improved varieties or breeds; reducing the impact of disease on crop or animal production through innovation), but the following link:
at “Other Innovation Voucher Schemes” lists all the KTNs and Universities who currently offer Innovation Vouchers, the amount of the voucher, who can apply, the areas it can be used for and a direct email link to the main contact at the organisation dealing with these vouchers.
Amounts vary, usually averaging £5000 but some with £10k, £12k and, in Wales £25k!
A technology broker seeks a novel chemical solution for cutting vinyl (and similar) for the printed signage industry. The idea is to replace slower, more expensive blade cutting techniques with a chemical which can be dispensed through the printer head at the same time as the inks, to ‘etch’ through the top layer of vinyl but not cut through the backing layer (release liner).
Responses to SORIS please.
“Sony UK Technology Centre is looking for potential collaborative manufacturing solutions in the green-tech space.”
This enquiry was received from BIC Innovation, to whom SORIS can introduce you.
The Technology Strategy Board has been described as “the UK’s Innovation Agency”. It will fund R&D which is likely to benefit the UK economy and where the risk/cost exceeds the capability of a single organization. The website
lists current TSB competitive calls for R&D funding.
The Chemistry Innovation KTN supports the TSB funding call “Sustainable Manufacturing for Process Industry” . The competition for feasibility and collaborative R&D funding opens on 27 February. Enquiries to be made to Technology Strategy Board (email@example.com) or to CIKTN (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on the call. There will be a parntering event in London during week commencing 27 February and a TSB briefing day on the call on 8 March in Manchester.
A TV producer seeks an indicator to be incorporated into paint so that it will respond to carbon dioxide and become colourless. [Thymolphthalein has been tested – but reacts too quickly with carbon dioxide] Please respond to SORIS, within the week, to be connected to the producers.
A reputable enquirer wishes to invest in new Electrochemical Technology. They would like to collaborate with a UK company who could offer scale up which might need investment.
The Technology Strategy Board plans to launch at least three new Technology Innovation Centres (TICs). There are ten candidate areas, of which Sensor Systems is one. The successful TICs will attract significant investment over the next five years.
A workshop on 15 July will try to find, from potential users and key stakeholders what opportunities a Sensor Systems TIC could unlock for the UK, and the level of business commitment and support for a TIC in this area.
Please register your interest in attending the workshop by completing an online questionnaire (at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8HXQVD9) by 6th July. ESP KTN will tell you if you have been allocated a place by 8th July. Given the limited number of places, a balance of organisations and sectors is sought.
If you cannot attend the workshop, but would still like to contribute, please complete the questionnaire online.