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Posted: February 4, 2009
NanoKTN and Chemistry Innovation KTN collaborate on the new Application of Modelling seminar
(Nanowerk News) The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced the date of its first Application of Modelling seminar, being organised in partnership with the Chemistry Innovation KTN. The seminal event, being hosted by some of the foremost academics in the field, will raise current awareness of the impact of modelling and will focus on the application of modelling to process and product design.
Historically, the application of modelling to product and process design has been seen as the exclusive preserve of very large companies. However, sharing of expertise and computational resource presents an opportunity to encourage the development of world-class expertise in UK modelling, which may be exploited by organisations representing a range of sizes. Formation of such an accessible competence base will promote the advancement of UK industrial competitiveness.
The event will bring together a host of industrial companies with an interest in the application of modelling to process and product design and some of the foremost academics in the field. As well as providing real-life examples of the current beneficial applications of modelling to industry, potential future opportunities will be suggested. Key outcomes of the event will be the development of pre-competitive programmes applying modelling to industrial products and processes and the identification of gaps/opportunities in the UK modelling skills, and ways by which these may be exploited/overcome.
“Events like this are of vital importance if people are to stay aware of the opportunities afforded to the nano, chemical and process industries,” explains Keith Robson, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN.
Robson continues, “Modern modelling enables cost-effective delivery of more targeted R&D, enhanced manufacturing efficiency and improved products, and holding events like this to bring together ideas and offer networking opportunities, is at the forefront of the NanoKTN’s role. With such highly respected professionals in this market, presenting case studies and information about the latest developments in this area, it is set to be a very successful event.”
Presentations and discussions at the event will focus on the various opportunities for the Application of Modelling to Chemical and Nano-technological products and processes as well as looking at industrial requirements for process modelling and ways of developing new methods for Simulating Block Copolymers.
The Application of Modelling to Chemical and Nano-technological Products & Processes event takes place on 25th February 2009 in Teesside. Keynote speakers include Dr Tom Malik from Akzo Nobel, Professor Kevin Roberts from the University of Leeds and Mark Matzopoulis from Process Systems Enterprise.
All sectors of the supply chain are encouraged to register for the Application of Modelling to Chemical and Nano-technological Products & Processes Event. Membership to the NanoKTN and this event is free of charge. For more information about how to join, please visit www.nanoktn.com
Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.
The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.
About Chemistry Innovation KTN
Chemistry Innovation KTN was formed in 2006 as an industry-led initiative, funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board, to help drive the innovation agenda for UK chemistry-using industries. It aims to provide the focus and stimulus for product and process innovation that will deliver significant GDP growth for the UK and ensure sustainability for the chemistry-using industries, through a coherent national strategy and action plan.