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Industrial partner enhances University's analytical research resources

Newcastle University is reaping the benefits of local industry collaboration through equipment donation.

Researchers at Newcastle University and Sterling Pharma Solutions (SPS) are collaborating on projects.

We've found a cost-effective, green solution to enhancing the University’s research resources.

SPS is a leading provider of small molecule API development and manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry.

They have recently seen large-scale investment in their on-site analytical facilities.

This prompted SPS expert analysts Gavin Nixon and Richard Bates to contact Dr Mike Probert.

Equipment donation

They wanted to see if the University could use the instrumentation the firm no longer needed.

One instrument set for disposal was a PANalytical X’pert Pro Diffractometer. It analyses crystalline powder samples to determine composition, structure and purity.

Dr Probert realised this instrument could benefit solid-state analysis at the University.

Working with Maggie White, who runs the University’s existing powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), the instrument was re-located.

It is now housed in the Bedson Building on the University campus.

Joint research venture

The result is a joint venture between the two research laboratories of Probert and White. This spans Engineering and Chemistry.

The instrument is now fully installed and operational. It's open to researchers across Natural and Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

This venture highlights the co-operative nature of research at Newcastle University. It also shows the strong ties that exist with industry.

Greener, cost-effective research

The upcycling of equipment highlights our and SPS's dedication to greener, cost-effective research.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to SPS for their kind donation. We look forward to a prospering relationship over the coming years.

MSc Drug Chemistry Undergraduate Chemistry

Maggie White, Gavin Nixon and Mike Probert standing in the powder X-ray diffraction facility next to the new acquisition.
Maggie White, Gavin Nixon and Mike Probert, standing in the powder X-ray diffraction facility next to the new acquisition.

published on: 6 February 2018