The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.8m in 89 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges. Explore these communities by keyword or theme.

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Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Alicia King
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu

Project outcomes
The aim of this research is to advance the state of the art in damage detection in metallic and composite structures by enabling a modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications.


Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘AVaRICE: Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine LaboratoryMike Allen

Project outcomes
The overarching aim of this research strategy is to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents.


Alternative Urbanisms

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Roy Maconachie
University of Bristol: Gary Bridge
Cardiff University: Paul Milbourne
University of Exeter: Clive Barnett

Project outcomes
This project draws together researchers from social science and humanities across GW4, focusing on three overlapping aspects of the idea of ‘alternative urbanisms’:

 


Antimicrobial resistance

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January 2017 – May 2017

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern

University of Bristol: Dr Katy Turner
Cardiff University: Professor Timothy Walsh
University of Exeter: Dr William Gaze

Project overview

 

We are particularly interested in drawing on research strengths in GW4 partner universities in the area of antimicrobial resistance in environmental systems.


Applied Volcanology @ GW4

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: July – October 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Dr Ryerson Christie, Dr Alison Rust, Professor Kathy Cashman
Cardiff University: Dr Wim Degruyter
University of Exeter: Dr James Hickey

Project overview

Across the GW4, we have the expertise to promote the welfare of people in DAC countries by improving their resilience to volcanic eruptions.

 


AVaRICE Algal Valorisation & Remediation of metal Ion Contaminated Effluents

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen

Project overview

Our aim was to investigate the use of algae native to contaminated mine sites to remove metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and then convert the algae to biofuels.


Bio and Biomimetic Materials

INITIATOR FUND

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures community.

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 COMMUNITY LEADS

University of Bath: Paul Raithby
University of Bristol: Dek Woolfson, Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Saverio Russo

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This project has brought together communities from across the South-West to establish how they develop new materials with biological and/or chemical function in order to transform the way that chemistry and biology can be combined to make devices for healthcare technologies.


Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Enrico Da Como
University of Bristol: Simon Hal
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: David Wright

Project overview

The research programme is based on the preparation of hierarchical layered materials deposited with a new state-of-the-art facility; Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).