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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) offers a wide range of specialist technical and business support services to accelerate the growth of high-tech SMEs.
As one of the largest multidisciplinary science organisations world-wide, we keep the UK at the forefront of international science research and technology development and use this knowledge and expertise to benefit industry.
Our mission is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the UK. One of the many ways we do this is by supporting high-tech entrepreneurs and SMEs, ensuring that their bright business ideas turn into successful market realities through a range of innovation opportunities, initiatives and collaborations.
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The human-like robot hand uses 129 sensors to provide both force sensing and joint position sensing. ...Read more
A compact and rugged FTIR spectrometer based on a unique configuration of common-path interferometer that uses no moving parts. ...Read more
Vantablack is a thin film of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) directly 'grown' on the surface of a substrate (or object) in a reactor chamber. ...Read more
Metal-matrix composites (MMCs) consist of a metal matrix reinforced with a fibre or particulate of a ceramic material. ...Read more
Composites such as CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) are being used to replace metal in components for industries such as aerospace and automotiv ...Read more
ESTL's MoS2 films exhibit ultra-low friction properties in vacuum and inert environments, both in cryogenic and high temperatu ...Read more
Satellites use deployment mechanisms to position their payloads and propulsion systems. ...Read more