Fibre Photonics will partner the University of Strathclyde, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the Institute of Photonics, in the SPIRIT Studentship programme.
As a joint collaboration, the programme is designed to increase Scotland's economic growth rate through the exploitation of Scottish Science. A SPIRIT Studentship project specific to Fibre Photonics, has been created through ScotChem and Chemical Sciences Scotland. The project will enhance real-time analysis of chemical and biological systems through novel fibre optic-based spectroscopic systems in the mid-infrared (MIR) and near infrared (NIR).
Fibre Photonics, an SME based in Livingston, Scotland, manufactures and supplies fibre optic probe technology for chemical analysis in environmental, chemical, pharmaceutical, avionic and food and drink applications.
'The SPIRIT Studentship Programme has attracted a high calibre of PhD students,' said Gary Colquhoun, CEO of Fibre Photonics. 'It is a strategic priority for Fibre Photonics to develop ideas and interactions with those involved in process control and chemical analysis. We hope to develop further relationships which, in turn, stimulate our research and development activity. Fundamentally, the programme will assist in the identification and recruitment of future application specialists and engineers with chemical, biological and process control expertise.'
As a specific outcome, Fibre Photonics hope to provide end user chemical and biotechnology companies in Scotland with direct access to its technology and expertise.