Liverpool’s new Nano Investigation Centre (NiCaL)

I was delighted to officially open the world class Nano Investigation Centre at Liverpool University (NiCaL) on Friday. Based at the School of Engineering, NiCaL provides regional SMEs free access to the latest state of the art microscopy instrumentation, together with experienced analysts and material scientists.

The aim is to help SMEs to improve their productivity and competitiveness by linking them to technology and expertise that will improve their product and process design. All of NiCaL’s capabilities and offerings are available to qualifying SMEs free of charge.

I am pictured with, from left to right, Alan Tidbury, Technician, Dr Kerry Abrams, Outreach Officer, Dr Tobias Heil, Outreach Officer, Lynn Allan, Centre Administrator, Professor Gordon Tatlock, Centre Director, Dr Tim Joyce,Thomas Boegelein, Dr Simon Romani, Technical and Industrial Liaison Manager.

This is an important initiative which will enable local companies to benefit from the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. It is a great boost for our economy.