In this category visitors to the Electronics Weekly website are invited to select the University research project which they feel will make the largest impact on the commercial market in the next five years.
A shortlist of five university research projects has been selected by the Editor of Electronics Weekly: they are from the University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Edinburgh University, University of Glasgow and Imperial College. Read the entries below and cast your vote!
University of Bristol: sensor power stand-by cut to ‘zero’
It does this by replacing the low duty-cycle sleep-wake-sleep pattern used on MCU-based sensor monitors, with ‘off’. A voltage detector powered by the sensor – there is no other power source – then starts the processor when the sensor produces a voltage.
University of Cambridge: inkjet printed photonic structures
“Most inkjet printers push the ink through the nozzle by heating or applying pressure, producing ink droplets about the size of the diameter of a human hair,” said Dr Vincenzo Pecunia, now at the University’s Cavendish Laboratory.
Edinburgh University: researchers build a futuristic Hyperloop transporter
The university’s Hyperloop team – also known as ‘HypED’ – is one of only four teams from Europe that will compete as a finalist in the SpaceX Pod Competition, which is being organised by California-based aerospace manufacturer SpaceX.
University of Glasgow: project to cool superconducting sensors for cancer treatment
It uses a new form of cooling technology developed for space astronomy, but which could allow superconducting detectors to be used in cancer treatments, driverless cars and practical quantum communications.
Imperial College, London: solar researchers go back to 16th century
The gauntlet is part of the the Wallace Collection in London and conservators wanted to investigate a surface effect applied to the metalwork in swords and armour.