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Research grants and contracts August 2013 – University of Reading

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Research grants and contracts August 2013

The total amount of money awarded in research grants and contracts in August was £1,086,453. The grants awarded ranged from £5,000 to £631,381, and this money came from a number of national and international sources including the European Commission, research councils, industry, other research institutions and charitable trusts.

Professor Rainer Cramer from Chemistry received £631,381 from EPSRC for 'Development of a Novel MALDI Mass Spectrometer and Technology for the Generation of Multiply Charged Ions at High Sensitivity', and this was the largest single award for August.

Modern mass spectrometry (MS) can be compared to microscopy with its impact on analysing nature and materials down to the molecular (individual molecule) level, including the analysis of the cellular processes of life and the structure of molecules. These analytical tools have frequently been the key to major breakthroughs in science. MS in particular, has been at the forefront of recent advances in areas like biomedicine and healthcare.

This project will develop a new MS technology that will significantly widen its application range, enabling new and more powerful analytical strategies. The project will result in a prototype instrument and methodology that can easily be commercialised. It is thought that that this will have significant impact in many areas from academia and industry to the public health sector and thus society at large.

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