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7 March 2007
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Nokia and the University of Cambridge have announced an agreement to work together on an extensive and long term programme of joint research projects. Nokia Research Center (NRC) will establish a research facility at the University's West Cambridge site and will collaborate with several departments - initially the Nanoscience Centre and Electrical Division of the Engineering Department - on projects that, to begin with, will be centred on nanotechnology. The academics from the Department leading the collaboration are Professors: Gehan Amaratunga, Bill Milne and Mark Welland.
Nokia will initially base around ten people at Cambridge: the agreement is intended to be long-term and the number of Nokia researchers based at the university is set to rise steadily over time. A joint steering committee has been formed and will be responsible for directing the research strategy and for the selection of research projects. The collaboration will initially focus on nanoscience - studying innovative new materials, phenomena and manufacturing solutions for areas including energy sources, sensors and computing.
Dr. Tapani Ryhanen heads Nokia global research in the nanotechnology area, and will lead Nokia's collaboration with Cambridge. He added: “Nanotechnology long ago left science fiction movies for the laboratory and, more recently, we saw the first commercial applications. The techniques we are developing really bring us a toolkit for working with the processes of nature at a very basic level – the level of molecules – in a safe and controlled way.”
“Cambridge and Nokia share a common belief in the ability of nanotechnology to deliver products and applications of tangible value to people,” commented Professor Mark Welland, Director of the IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration) in Nanotechnology at Cambridge. “The fact that we also share a common commitment to the responsible introduction of nanotechnology into the public arena adds a further unique dimension to this collaboration.”
For more information on Electrical Engineering Division please visit http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/research/div-b/divhomeB.shtml. For the Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion group please visit http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/epec/ and for the Nanoscience Centre please visit http://www.nanoscience.cam.ac.uk/centre/index.html
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