Leeds microchip technology given business boost

Jayakrishnan Chandrappan and Matthew Murray from the University’s Institute for Materials Research have won a valuable prize in an international innovation competition.


Their research into a new generation of microchips was awarded second prize in the Materials category of this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

The competition aims to promote the commercialisation of the most impactful ideas in healthcare, energy and sustainability, and materials. It is backed by multinational partner companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Croda, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, GE Healthcare, Schlumberger and Lubrizol. The winners will receive tailored business support from one of these companies including access to networks, strategy review, potential commercial partnerships, and idea evaluation with consumers.

The technology being developed at Leeds could transform data communications by providing ultrafast, all-optical networks, supporting fibre optic broadband direct to the home.  This will provide ample network bandwidth necessary for advanced communication solutions with more intelligent systems and game-changing interfaces.

Read more about the research.

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