Working with industry

An openness to explore new collaborations - coupled with outstanding facilities, internationally leading researchers and a track record of pioneering success - makes the School of Physics an exceptional partner for any business seeking the competitive edge.

For industry partners looking to develop their competitive edge, the University of Bristol’s School of Physics offers a wealth of opportunities.  An outstanding research portfolio coupled with exceptional technical capabilities means that we can arrange any collaboration to suit your needs – whether you require high-tech facilities, expert advice or the latest scientific data.

Delivering knowledge

  • We have been credited with solving some of the most advanced conundrums in physics, including advanced materials, biomedical nanoscience, photonic structures and quantum communication.
  • Our research is grounded in the work of internationally-leading academics, involving one of the UK’s largest cohorts of postgraduate students. 

Meeting your needs

  • We will work with you to understand your company’s particular challenges, delivering solutions while providing you with the knowledge that will facilitate long term success. 
  • A partnership with Bristol guarantees you a single point of contact, together with expert guidance.

Comprehensive support

Resources: cleanrooms fully equipped for the production and characterisation of semiconductor devices, a full suite of surface measurement equipment microscopes, x-ray scattering and diffraction set-ups for material characterisation, spectroscopies for chemical and physical structure determination, wet chemistry labs for material composition and assembly, high-speed high bandwidth DAQ electronics and online data processing systems, high performance computing with applications including climate modelling, drug design and gene sequencing.

Expertise: academics available for consultancy, contract research, joint funding bids, staff training and knowledge exchange; exemplary students available for industry placements and sponsorship.

Networks: access to people and research from the Oxford-affiliated Nuclear Research Centre (NRC), Bristol’s Centre for Quantum Photonics and Quantum Engineering Technology labs, and our Doctoral Training Centres in Functional Nanomaterials, Condensed Matter and Quantum Engineering.

Get in touch

If you have a project or collaboration you would like to discuss, please get in touch:

Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8731 

Proven applications

  • Semiconductors: Raman thermography, used across the semiconductor industry to improve the reliability and lifetime of devices - pioneered in Bristol.
  • Transistors: Gallium-nitride (GaN) diamond transistors, used for ultra-high power microwave applications - based on work by Bristol.
  • Mapping: Remote mapping technology deployed across the world, including Fukushima - developed in Bristol.
  • Surface characterisation: A range of new, fast, 3D nanoscale imaging technologies have been developed in Bristol.
  • Interface analysis: Safe storage of nuclear waste and low cost methods of water purification - enabled by Bristol research.

More detailed examples of proven applications can be found here.

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