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AMD to fund £2mln of research into sustainable nanomaterial tech at Sussex uni

The company has previously used graphene based conductive ink technology developed by the university to help Marks & Spencer cut the amount of plastic clothes tags it sends to landfill

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The tech has been used by Marks and Spencer

Advanced Material Development Ltd (AMD) will fund £2mln of research by the University of Sussex to develop nanomaterial technologies for environmentally sustainable uses.

This will help pay for five researchers to work on developments for the next three years.

AMD has been working with the university since 2018 under a research framework agreement.

Professor Alan Dalton, who leads the university’s Materials Physics Group and is a and co-founder of AMD, said: “We’re on the cusp of taking a number of our inventions out of the lab and to market, and this significant new boost from AMD means we can recruit the team we need to make the next step.

“The company has exciting collaborations with Marks and Spencer, Honeywell and many other global companies lined up. The potential applications for nanomaterial inks are boundless.”

The agreement with M&S last December is to replace current radio frequency identification clothing tags with a fully recyclable version, helping the retailer to stop sending its current 11 billion clothing tags to landfill and incinerators each year.

John Lee, chief executive of AMD, said the partnership with Sussex “has enjoyed huge successes as we have moved forward, both from engagement with such a fantastic team of researchers within Professor Dalton’s team but also with the continuing positive support received from the Sussex Innovations and Business team.

“Our commitment to the ongoing work at the University is a strong belief supported by our shareholders in our ability to create true ground-breaking advances in the commercial applications for materials science.”

Dr Sue Baxter, the university’s director of innovation and business partnerships, said the partnership “has been critical to driving our ground-breaking research to market in a fast, agile and cost-effective way”.

She said the it directly supports new discovery in the university’s labs and has shared these with commercial clients “at phenomenal speed compared to the more conventional routes to market available for university-based research”.

“If all universities had partnerships like this, the economic and social benefits of their research base would be accelerated exponentially.”

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