Earlier this year the University invested £3.0M of funding from a combination of internal and external funding sources in 13 new research instruments. These instruments will benefit researchers across the University, spanning disciplines and career stages, and will be shareable and accessible to internal and external stakeholders, to grow our partnerships, research outputs and impact.

The £3.0M has funded equipment across most of our Departments, including all Faculties and the School of Management, CAMERA and the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²). The new instrumentation will support our research in disciplines ranging from human-technology interactions to radio frequency research aimed at accelerating the development of new sensors and navigation devices.

The investments in infrastructure for human studies will improve our understanding of human body morphology, balance problems, brain function, and interactions between our bodies and novel computing devices, and will help with the development of new assistive technologies, treatments and health behaviours.

New instrumentation in the physical sciences will accelerate research into the characterisation of nanomaterials, polymers, and chemical reactions, helping to develop new functional materials, extend our ability to recycle plastics, and improve methods to harness the power of hydrogen in our energy systems.

Dr Anneke Lubben, Director of Research Infrastructure and Facilities says: “This investment shows the University’s commitment to supporting and developing our Research Infrastructure (RI), critical to enabling and accelerating research excellence and delivery of the university strategy. Bath is already seen as a leader for RI and Research Facility Management and is looked to by other HEIs as an exemplar of practice. We will continue to build on this platform through effective management of our RI and further strategic investments”.

To find out more about these new capabilities, or access to it, a full list of instrumentation being purchased with this funding, the Department and key contact can be found below:

Equipment name Department Key contact
Chirascan upgrade Chemistry Dan Pantos
MALDI TOF-TOF Mass Spectrometer MC2 John Lowe
FTIR spectrometer and microscope MC2 John Lowe
Nano(Bio) 3D Printer Chem Eng Hannah Leese
3Flex Multiport Chemisorption/Physisorption/Micropore Enhanced Chemical Resistant Analyzer with TCD, Smart VacPrep 067 station and 200 AMU mass spectrometer for detection and identification of low concentrations of condensable and/or reactive gases. Chem Eng Semali Perera
Spectral Flow Cytometer MC2 John Lowe
Markerless motion tracker CAMERA Jason Alexander
Bertec Computerized Dynamic Posturography Health Keith Stokes
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Psychology Janet Bultitude
TrackLab Complete Solution for Human Use Management Adam Joinson
Nanoparticle Analysers Chem Eng Hannah Leese
Replacement dynamometer drive cabinet for damaged item Mech Eng Sam Akehurst
Vantage Research ultrasound platform Health Dario Cazzola
Four-port microwave vector network analyser Elect Eng Robert Watson