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Centre for Nanostructured Media

Centre for Nanostructured Media


The Centre for Nanostructured Media in Queen's is one of the universities most prestigious research centres. We undertake a variety of different areas of research, which can include individual projects or collaboration with world-leading industrial companies such as Intel and Seagate.

ANSIN is the new advanced material research and development hub. Established to respond to and support the needs of industry, ANSIN is there for when you need its expertise. ANSIN brings together the specialist skill-set and knowledge of Seagate Technology (Ireland) and Queen’s University Belfast. Through proactively seeking development partnerships with collaborators from industry, ANSIN is there to help advance materials, coatings, sensors and photonics for application across sectors.

Area(s) of Expertise

CNM has access to excellent equipment and processing facilities, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), tunnelling electron microscope (TEM), focused ion beam (FIB), atomic force microscope (AFM), atom probe, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), interferometry, surface profiler, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE), sputtering, photolithography and Argon ion milling to name a few! With all of these facilities available in-house, research in the CNM really is at the top of its class.


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Project Funding

We have access to a range of potential funding mechanisms to support your business collaborate with this project including

ktp Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are based on partnerships between academic groups and companies who need access to skills and knowledge in order to innovate. The academic and industrial partners jointly devise and manage a two or three year programme to achieve the advances the company needs. This programme of work is carried out in the company by a KTP Associate and the resulting relationship can be very challenging and rewarding to all parties
4k-vouchers Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small Northern Ireland enterprises to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues. The programme provides a voucher of up to £4000 to enable small enterprises to engage with one of the 41 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research organisations throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
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