Research News: November 2010

One of ten UK projects selected for Award

An academic at Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is one of ten British academics involved in British-Israeli research projects selected to receive funding through the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership, BIRAX.  The announcement of Awards to projects which tackle global challenges in Energy and the Environment was made recently by British Foreign Secretary William Hague at an event hosted by Britain’s ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, celebrating scientific collaboration between the UK and Israel.  He hailed science as “one of the cornerstones of the relationship between Britain and Israel” and added “both are countries that have built up our economies and our identity through being leaders in science and technology”

Publication date: 29 November 2010

Modern Languages celebrates AHRC success

The School of Modern Languages has been two prestigious Early Career Fellowship by the AHRC for 2011. This success is particularly notable as it is very unusual for a school to be awarded two such Fellowships in the same year.  The successful recipients, Dr Helen Abbott and Dr Anna Saunders, will take up their Fellowships in January 2011. Head of School, Professor Carol Tully said ‘We are extremely proud of the work being undertaken by colleagues and these awards are an indication of the quality of research the School is able to boast.’

Publication date: 24 November 2010

Explosives detection research being conducted at Bangor University

Scientists at the School of Chemistry in Bangor University are working on novel sensor technology which will, it is hoped, soon be trialled in airports.  The group at the School of Chemistry in Bangor is working as part of a European consortium called Nanosecure.  The group consists of 26 partners both academic and industrial all working towards an integrated system which will detect airborne explosives, narcotics, chemical and biological agents.  The system will also be able to decontaminate the air from chemical and bio agents should some be detected.  It will do this by integrating with a building’s air-conditioning units.  One of the partners in this consortium is Schiphol Airport where it is hoped the units will be trialled.

Publication date: 8 November 2010