Future Technology Centre – initial phase complete

53525The initial phase of the Future Technology Centre project funded jointly by the University and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is now complete. Four new laboratories, in Burnaby building, have been designed to put Applied Physics education at Portsmouth in a nationally leading position.

Within the labs students will work through the entire new materials production cycle from materials design and fabrication using state of the art technology. The skills and understanding that students develop in the laboratories will enable them to add value immediately in employment in high tech industries or in research.

In the final year of the integrated masters four-year MPhys Applied Physics degree, students spend three quarters of their time on a research project that will be carried out in the laboratories. As well as engaging in experimental work, students may also use the new laboratory’s high performance computing facilities to carry out computational studies of novel materials.

The high-level, hands-on experience will make students well qualified to work in high technology industries developing solutions to pressing global problems in renewable energy generation and data storage.

As a part of the Physics Industry Advisory Board meeting in January representatives from industry recently toured the facilities and Chris Dewdney, Director of Undergraduate Physics said: “The event generated a great deal of excitement about the University’s new capabilities as well as many enthusiastic offers of future collaboration opportunities on student research projects. Such major project work with students can have great benefit for both industry and the University. Who knows? The next leap forward in functional materials may well emerge from these laboratories.”

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