Heriot-Watt scoops awards

Heriot-Watt University has won three Scottish Enterprise funded Proof of Concept awards worth a total of £620,000 to help commercialise innovations developed at the university.

One award went to Dr M Taghizadeh in Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) for work on ‘Nano-structured materials for novel microlenses’.

Dr M Sohrabi in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering won funding for ‘Prevention of carbon dioxide leakage from underground geological storage sites’.

Dr J P Henderson in EPS won a grant to further work on ‘A device for the presumptive detection of narcotics in saliva’.

Prof Anton Muscatelli, principal of Heriot-Watt University said: ‘It is great to see Heriot-Watt’s high success rate in the Proof of Concept awards. With three awards we were joint top amongst the Scottish Universities in the latest round of 16 awards, which represents an excellent success rate from our recent batch of applications. It confirms our reputation as a university that produces innovations which are relevant to industry, and which have the potential to drive innovation in the Scottish economy.

‘Once again our scientists and engineers have brought forward a number of original and exciting ideas with real commercial potential.’