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Dr Semali Perera & CEO Colin Billiet
Dr Semali Perera from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Colin Billiet, CEO of n-psl with the award

Press Release - 25 February 2009

Spin-out company wins technology transfer award

A spin-out company from the University of Bath has won a Technology Transfer Award from One North East at the 2009 Grant for Research & Development Awards.

Nano-porous solutions limited (n-psl) uses technology developed at the University to make hollow fibres that can be used in a diverse number of applications such as CO2 recovery, removal of contaminants from analytical traps, moisture from air and the separation and purification of liquids.

The company, based in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, received the award at a ceremony held on 5 February at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

The awards, featuring a speech from broadcaster and historian Adam Hart-Davis, celebrate the innovative and technological contributions that companies in the North East make to the UK economy.

n-psl was set up by Colin Billiet, former chief executive of North-East filtration giant domnick hunter Group plc and uses hollow fibre technology developed by Dr Semali Perera and colleagues in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath.

Dr Perera said: “It is wonderful to see this University spin-out winning the technology transfer award - Nanoporous fibre technology has great potential.”

Will Adams, Head of One North East’s Research and Development Grant Team, said: “Once again, we’ve been impressed with the high calibre of entrants, all of whom have shown outstanding commitment to new technology development and should congratulate themselves for their achievements.”

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