NanoGrowth scoops award

Surrey NanoSystems and Surrey University have won an award for their work in developing a system that could unlock the potential of new microchips.


High-tech company Surrey NanoSystems and Surrey University have won a national innovation award for their work in developing a system that could help unlock the potential of a new generation of microchips.



The partners triumphed in the Start-up Company & University Collaboration category of The Engineer Technology & Innovation Awards, a new national awards scheme organised by The Engineer magazine.



Surrey NanoSystems, a spin-out from Surrey University, has developed a suite of technologies that allow the controlled growth of carbon nanotubes, materials which many scientists believe will form the basis of a new generation of micro-electronic components.



Growing arrays of carbon nanotubes in a controlled and repeatable fashion at low temperatures (which allows them to be integrated with microchip components) has proved extremely difficult. Surrey NanoSystems has developed a suite of technologies called NanoGrowth that enables this, building on research first carried out by Prof Ravi Silva, director of the Advanced Technology Institute of Surrey University.