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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

 

The Department welcomes enquiries from industry, and others, about possible collaborations to tackle particular problems or research areas, whether these are suited to a short consultancy, a small experimental programme or to a longer term study requiring a major research effort. A particular feature of this Department is that staff members are always willing to form multi-disciplinary teams, with the relevant skills, which can be brought to bear on the problem of interest.

Many organisations have found that a partnership with the Department is the most effective way to help improve their scientific skills or understanding of specialist processes, to develop and test ideas for new products and manufacturing techniques, or to optimise, modernise and enhance existing systems. We offer flexible funding, intellectual property ownership, timing, personnel and management options to suit our client companies. Projects can either be funded directly, or a range of options exist whereby industrial effort, in cash or kind, is substantially leveraged by public funding. We also have the ability to locate and consult other experts within the University of Cambridge or elsewhere in academia, as needed.

Industrial collaboration has been an enduring strength of CEB, with ongoing partnerships with blue-chip companies including Schlumberger Gould Research, ExxonMobil, BP, BorgWarner, BASF, Boeing, Bayer and AstraZeneca. The Department has a long and distinguished record of developing innovative new science and its applications via industrial secondments, international outreach and influence, independent entrepreneurs, new lecturers with industrial experience and major University-wide partnerships, including for example with Nokia, Unilever, BP, Schlumberger, TATA and Boeing.

We are keenly aware of the need to manage projects carefully, so as to ensure that agreed objectives are achieved within the time and cost specified and the required reporting arrangements at specified milestones are satisfactory. We agree safeguards with regard to the handling of confidential information and we manage the ownership of intellectual property from the outset of projects.

 

Latest news

A new world (dis)order for efficient semiconductors

11 November 2019

Scientists from our Optoelectronic Materials and Device Spectroscopy group investigating perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost.

The topology of disordered 3D graphenes: Rosalind Franklin’s pre-DNA problem untangled

8 November 2019

Researchers from our Computational Modelling group have published a possible solution to why disordered carbon structures are reluctant to turn into graphite, a puzzle that perplexed Rosalind Franklin before her discovery of the structure of DNA.

September paper of the month: flexible production of micro and nanofluidic devices

22 October 2019

Researchers from our Laser Analytics group have developed a laser-based manufacturing process that can produce combined nanofluidic and microfluidic devices in a fast and scalable manner.