Welcome to the School of Chemistry Business Partnership Unit (BPU) Website. Our experienced team aims to stimulate and support innovation at the academic-business interface, building mutually beneficial partnerships between the School, Business, Industry and the Community.
The School of Chemistry BPU was launched in 1999 and is responsible for co-ordinating, supporting and developing the commercially related, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial activities of the School.
The BPU also draws upon the resources of the Universities central business support structure (Research Innovation Services and the Business Development Network) linking with academic and business support staff within other Schools and units across the University.
The BPU acts as a focal point for enquiries from companies and external organisations, helping to match their needs with the capabilities of the School.
The BPU is responsible for identifying research with commercial potential, maintaining the patent portfolio and promoting collaborations with industrial/commercial partners to help bring these technologies to commercial reality.
The BPU provides advice, guidance, training and support for staff and students in key aspects of Business Practice, Innovation Management and Intellectual Property.
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I graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2003 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry, followed up in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry. My first postdoc position was also at Bangor participating in two European FP 6 projects researching the use of semiconductor metal oxides for air and water decontamination. After, I took on a 6 month position as an Academic Officer that involved lecturing and organising events related to an RSC initiative called “Chemistry for our Future” with the aim to get children excited and enthusiastic about chemistry. In 2009 I took on a position at the University of Aberdeen working on a project in collaboration with Glasgow City Council on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). In 2010 I moved to Oslo, Norway to work for an SME, within the R&D department, on catalytic coatings for ceramic filters and membranes to be used for air purification. Within my three years in the company my role evolved to include responsibilities in the production facility and in the writing and application of funding for collaborative projects (FP7 and Eurostars).
I joined the Business Partnership Unit at the University of Nottingham in October 2013 to work on the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory project. This project aims to aid small to medium enterprises within the East Midlands innovate and grow by providing access to academic expertise and facilities available within the School of Chemistry. This project is part funded by the ERDF. This position allows me to use my experience from working in an SME and as a postdoc on European Framework programme projects to foster and nurture collaborations between the University and regional SMEs.
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