Group Research & Development.

Collaborative Projects and Achievements.

(UK & E.U. Funded Research Development Projects).

WAG Grid Parity 2011 - 2013
Develop high temperature ink formulations for Solar Cells made using recycled silicon wafers; this is a contribution in kind.
TSB BEDs 2011 - 2013
Develop biodegradable substrates for printed circuits - GEM's contribution is to develop conductive inks for flexible electronic circuits printed onto biodegradable substrates.
TSB SYIELD 2010 - 2013
Development of networked mimic sensors for crop enhancement and disease control.
Northern Way 2010 - 2011
Development of a conductive UV curable off set litho printable silver ink.
EU Nanosecure 2008 - 2011
Development of detection and setoxification systems of airborne chemicals and biological agents.
EU HIPER- act 2008 - 2010
The improvement of pizoelectric multi layer actuators performance and reliability to meet the growing demand for such components for many different types of end user applications
EU Morgan 2008 - 2010
The development of new materials, electronic devices and sensors that operate in extreme conditions especially high temperature, high electric fields and high corrosive environments.
TSB Metal 2008 - 2010
Electrochemical detection of heavy metals in blood.
TSB R2R 2008 - 2010
The developmetn of conductive inks to be flexographically printed with high resolution.
TSB REUSE 2008 - 2010
Development of Recyclable Electronics. GEM's involvment is to develop a range of inks and adhesives that can be easily demounted by chemical or mechanical means once the working life of the electronic component is finished. See the video of the completed project
TSB PRISM 2008 - 2010
Development of a passive RFID integrated senor matrix. GEM's involvment is the development of a series of laser curable conductor and dielectric inks suitable for use in the RFID tags.
TSB SHAPEL 2007 - 2011
Development of materials suitable for printing on highly flexible substrate as fabrics to manufacture electroluminescent lamps.
TSB UPTEMP 2007 - 2010
To demonstrate electronic packaging/assembly materials and processes for long term operation at temperatures up to 250
DTI Biomedical Inkjetting 2007 - 2010
Development of stable inkjetting enzyme based formulations.
EU Spies Detox 2007 - 2009
Active biological monitoring and removal of toxins in aquaculture ecosystems and shellfish.
DEFRA Hortlink181 2007 - 2009
Development of an electrochemical test for the detection of the sweetness of onions.
SolFlex 2007 - 2009
Follow-on projedt to SolClear. Development of a printable ITo Ink for flexible (polymer) substrates.
CBRN OP 2007 -2008
The development fo electochemical sensors for the detection of organophosphates.
DTI SensaCellTox 2006 - 2009
The development of an integrated sensor for measurement of glucose and lactate in cell cultures for checking toxicity of materials as a way of replacing animal testing.
EU Reflab 2006 - 2009
The development of hand-held NADH-based redox-flexible biosensor that allows continuous supervision of the reducing sugar leveks during potatoe harvesting and storage.
TSB DW EASY 2006 - 2009
GEM's involvement is the Development of heat cure and laser cure "Direct Write" conductive inks and low K dielectric inks. Applications incluse helmets for head-up displays, RFID wing sensors for aircraft.
DEFRA Mycotoxins 2005 - 2006
The development of electrochemical sesnors for the detection of mycotoxins in cereal.
DEFRA Hortlink164 2004 - 2007
Development of am electrochemical test for the detection of the sweetness of onions.
WIPS 2004 - 2006
Electrochemical detection of metabolites in fermenting wine.
EU AlgaDec 2004 - 2006
Electrochemical detection of algal species via DNA specific probes.
EU Build 2004 - 2006
Electrochemical carbon based fuel cells.
SolClear 2004 - 2006
Development of a Printable Indium/Tin Oxide Ink for glass substrates.
DTI Biowise Award STREAM 2003 - 2005
Sensor Technology for Rapid Environmental Ammonia Monitoring.
DEFRA 2003 - 2004
The development of electrochemical sensors for the detection of organophosphates in careal.
EU Safeguard 2001 - 2003
Development of a flow injection system for the detection of organophosphates in water.
University of Swansea Mechanical Engineering Group / GEM Ltd E.P.S.R.C. Grant WDA/00314975 Jan 2001 to Dec 2003
Predicting the printability of inks for sensor applications.
Leader Dr. Tim C. Claypole.
Project supported by the University of the West of England through H.C.F.C. 2000-2003
Disposable sensors for monitoring atmospheric pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Leaders Dr. J. Hart, Dr. D. C. Cowell, Mr. R. Pittson.
Project Supported by the Environment Agency 2000-2003 E1-080
Organo phosphate pecticide inhibition.
Leaders Dr. J. Hart, Dr. D. C. Cowell, Mr. R. Pittson.
Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food Link Project FQS 12 2000-2003
Rapid Analytical Systems for Raw Produce, Quality and Safety Attributes.
Leaders Dr. J. Hart, Dr. D. C. Cowell, Mr. R. Pittson.
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Materials Science Department. European Grant under "Safeguard" This project is funded under the thematic programme of "the cell factory"Programme area Biosensors.Project No: QLRT-1999-30481 October 2000 to September 2003
Sensor Arrays for Environmental, Generic and Routine Detection of Pesticides.
Leader Dr. Seamus Higson.
Project Supported by the Environment Agency 2000-2001
Total ammoniacal nitrogen using an enzymatic amperometric biosensor. (for raw water and effluent monitoring) e.g. sewerage treatment plants.
Leaders Dr. J. Hart, Dr. D. C. Cowell, Mr. R. Pittson.
OP Link 1999 - 2001
The development of electrochemical sensors for the detection of organophosphates in water.  
Brunel University Cleaner Electronics Research Group E.P.S.R.C. Grant GR/L86012/01 Jan 1999 to Dec 2000
Low Cost Fabrication Using Conductive Lithographic Films.
Leader Dr. David Harrington
Project Supported by the Environment Agency Sept /1999 to August 2000
Single Use Solid State pH Sensor.
Leaders Dr. J. Hart, Dr. D. C. Cowell, Mr. R. Pittson.
Queen Mary and Westfield College E.P.S.R.C. Grant GR//M06093/01 Jan 1999 to Dec 2000
Lithographic Construction of Multilayer Devices.
Leader Professor J.R.G. Evans
Queen Mary and Westfield College E.P.S.R.C. Grant GR/M07755
Direct Inkjet Printing of Metal and Ceramic Powders.
Leader Professor J.R.G. Evans 1998-2001
E.U. Brite - Euram Project HiReCiPri No. BRPR-CT 98-0717 1998 / 2001
The Development of a high-resolution printing process for cost effective production of ultra-fine line electronic circuitry.
The University of Luton E.P.S.R.C. 1998-2000
Printing of Flexible , Breathable Structures.
Leader Professor Brian Birch.
Department of Trade and Industry Teaching Company Scheme 1997 / 1999
The integration of novel fabrication techniques for the production of a biosensor for Ethanol analysis in the brewing industry.
Brunel University Cleaner Electronics Research Group E.P.S.R.C. Grant GR/K70731/01 Dec/1995 to June/1997
An Initial Investigation into Low Cost Printing Techniques for Circuit Fabrication.
Leader Dr. David Harrington
University of the West of England / GEM Ltd. Ph.D. Study 1996-1999 Richard Webb
Investigations into Amperometric Sensors / Biosensors On Modified Screen Printed Carbon Electrodes.
Awarded June 1999
Department of Trade and Industry LINK scheme 1995 / 1998
Thermophotovoltaic Emitter Research RABSET to develop materials and ceramic base for radiant plaque which will produce high efficiency fuel to electrical power conversion.
University of Leeds / The British Textiles Technology Group / GEM Ltd. Ph.D. Study 1995-1998 John Rippeth
Enzyme Polymer Matrices For the Production and Stabilisation of First and Second Generation Biosensors.
Awarded June 1998
Department of Trade and Industry LINK scheme 1995 / 1997
Chemical Sensor Research CENSAR II to develop a multi sensor array that can be manufactured by the use of thick film technology.  
University of the West of England / GEM Ltd.Ph.D. Study 1993 / 1996 Stephen Sprules
Investigations into novel screen printed electrodes for biosensor applications.
Awarded June1996
Smart II Award 1993 / 1994
Scale up and production of air fireable electrically conductive non precious metal conductor inks.
Smart I Award 1992
Research and development to produce air fireable conductive non-precious metal conductors
Smart II Award 1992
Development and pre-production runs of Sol-Gel ceramic coatings for metal substrates.
E.U. Eureka project 1991 / 1994 (Pepite 462)
Research and Development into the provision of new interconnection technology for standard circuits and also multi chip modules using both particulate and metallo-organic systems.
Smart I Award 1991
Research into ceramic coatings for metal substrates based on low temperature sol-gel routes.
Smart II Award 1990
Development and production of synthetic precious metal metallo-organic systems.
E.U. BIS Feasibility Study 1989
Development of new manufacturing techniques for the production of particulate inks and pastes for the electronics industry.
Smart I Award 1989
Research into the possibility of synthetic precious metal metallo-organic systems.