Collaborative research

At Strathclyde, there are a number of ways we work in partnership with businesses and organisations.

Our staff work on shared projects in areas of mutual interest between Strathclyde and your organisation. These can be co-funded between the University, your organisation and/or research agencies.

We’re very flexible in the ways we can work with you. Each project is considered on an individual basis and every effort is made to match your requirements with our expertise.

Whether we've worked together before, have shared research themes, or if you're interested in an ongoing project at the University, we're happy to hear from you.

Collaboration in action

Strathclyde research leads to major success

Our Department of Chemical & Process Engineering's long-term research into polymer nanocomposites and their formation led to a six-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Carron Phoenix Limited, the world's largest manufacturer of composite kitchen sinks´╗┐.

The partnership resulted in a successful new production process for Carron Phoenix's high-end synthetic granite kitchen sinks. It also led to £4 million of capital investment in new production facilities at the company's Falkirk site - meaning Carron Phoenix could sustain its leading position in the market and retain its workforce of over 400 employees in central Scotland.

Within the Research Excellence Framework period, the Strathclyde research led to the manufacture and sale of more than one million kitchen sinks, generating sales revenue in excess of £50 million and supporting the economy.

Helping us form change

Numerous companies and organisations have contributed to research at Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), a national centre that focuses on precision forging/forming.

The AFRC has influenced UK policy in the area of advanced manufacturing and has been instrumental in shaping the government investment profile for this sector.

The centre's impact has included:

  • £3.4 million (GVA) to the Scottish economy
  • improved manufacturing capabilities in multi-national aerospace organisations
  • SMEs involved in collaborative projects, one patent, and direct involvement in the commercialisation of a micro-stamping machine

This is the result of EU-wide and international collaborative research, technological developments, industrial applications and the large investment from government and multi-national industries into the creation of the AFRC. 

Spin-out success

Researchers from our Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry developed a novel self-assembly process, which was shown to provide a step-change for stabilising proteins as dry powders.

Following this, a spin-out company, XstalBio, was created to license and patent the technology with the aim of developing it for delivery and formulation of therapeutic biomolecules and vaccines.

Over the period 2008 to 2012, eight leading international pharmaceutical and animal health companies paid XstalBio over £2.2 million for access to its IP portfolio and to undertake evaluation studies with candidate biomedicines and vaccines.

Boehringer Ingelheim licensed the technology for application to its therapeutic biomolecules and in collaboration with XstalBio built a dedicated €5 million pilot plant for manufacture of inhalable dry powders.

Creating effective partnerships

GSK, Novartis, Astrazeneca and a number of technology companies are helping our Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC) aim of creating an effective partnership with industry, academia and public bodies.

CMAC - part of Strathclyde's Technology & Innovation Centre - aims to:

  • accelerate the adoption of continuous manufacturing and crystallisation processes
  • develop systems and plants for the production of high-value chemical products
  • improve the quality of chemical products at lower costs, more quickly and sustainably

CMAC's physical hub is at Strathclyde, with Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Loughborough and Bath Universities contributing to our academic team.

From initial funding from Scottish Funding Council more than £28m has been raised from various sources. The key research platform is the EPRSC National Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation.