Licensing Opportunities

Below is a list of our technologies available for license or joint development. This is just a flavour of the research going on at the university as we are constantly discussing new technologies with our researchers. So if you don't see what you are looking for please call and we'll see what we can do to help. 

Engineering & Physical Sciences

Improved speech recognition, intelligibility and noise reduction using real-time source separation

This technology provides real-time separation of sounds from a mixture of sound sources using a very small array of 3 or 4 microphones. The technology can be used to improve speech recognition or intelligibility, to separate individual sound sources, and in a noisy environment for removing unwanted sounds.

Status: There is a Granted US patent and a number of pending patents for this technology. For more information click:

Engineering failure detection

This is new maths for extracting useful information, not previously accessible, from continuous periodic data streams. Potential uses include fault detection to avoid catastrophic failure in turbines, leak detection in water systems and other engineering situations.

Status: Patents pending.

Temperature stabilising semi-conductor alloys

Bismuth-containing semi-conductor materials for light emission and detection applications. This range of new materials can increase the efficiency of lasers, LEDs, photodetectors and solar cells by 70 - 80 % with substantial reductions in the complexity and costs of production.

Status: Granted Chinese patent and others pending.

MIRSIL: Low cost silicon-based mid infrared detector for gas detection and thermal imaging

Current mid IR detectors operating above 2µm are based on toxic materials and are difficult and expensive to make. This is a new class of cheap, easy-to-manufacture, non-toxic detectors based on silicon using conventional fabrication techniques that could replace mercury cadmium telluride (MCT), non-dispersive IR (NDIR) and other similar detectors. Applications include thermal imaging and gas detection.

Status: Granted US patents and others pending.

3D micro and nano-milling

This technology is based on the milling of materials using a focused ion beam to produce 3D nano and micro-structures. With applications throughout micro and nano-technology and manufacturing, the technique can produce a wide-range of curved structures, such as lens arrays, with high precision. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Granted EU and Japanese patents.

High value, low cost, super-resolution lenses

This is a low cost and faster way of producing super resolution lenses of various shapes and sizes. The lenses can be place above optical cavities for imaging things smaller than the diffraction limit, i.e. beyond the limit of conventional optical microscopes. They can therefore be used with conventional optical microscopes to transform them to super-resolution microscopes to resolve much smaller objects. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Patent pending.

Light micro-jets

This is a transparent structure which has the ability to guide light via concentrated jets of micro to nano meter widths. The micro-jets propagate vertically with minimal jet spreading for distances several times the wavelength of the light used. These micro-jets can be obtained even when a thin metal film is in the direct pathway of the beam. Applications may include solar cells, organic photoelectric devices, optical devices and computing, transparent conductors or any application where light has to be manipulated with a transparent structure. The devices can reduce light reflected in optical fibres. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory. Status: Patent pending.

GPS / GNSS navigation receiver algorithm - fail safe for Safety of Life and other critical applications

This technology is for tracking Binary Offset Carrier (BOC) and Multiplexed BOC (MBOC) navigation signals planned for the modernised US GPS, the European Galileo and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems. This is the only method that truly avoids false lock onto the GNSS signal and therefore has applications in safety of life and other critical applications. It is also less affected by multipath signals.

Status: There are numerous granted patents on this technology including in Europe, US and China.

Process for high adhesion, multilayer graphene and carbon nanotube coatings

This is a way of growing graphene and carbon nanotubes on materials such as metal sheets, plastics, glass and semiconductors which protects the catalyst from oxidation, maintaining the high quality and conductivity of the material. The technique also allows the etching of dielectric materials which are buried in catalyst, whilst keeping the catalyst protected from etchants, ensuring high adhesion. Uses include coatings for satellite structures in space.

Status: Patent pending.

Temperature-controlled lasers

This new design of the laser diode avoids he need for external cooling systems by designing temperature stability into the chip.

This technology was developed by Professor Alf Adams, who invented the strained-layer quantum-well laser which features in all types of electronic equipment. Status: Granted US patent.

Improving internet security by hiding information in common communication activities

This software allows data sent over the internet to be hidden in, or hidden as, other common internet activities. It can be used as an alternative to, or an additional security layer on top of, encryption and allows the transmission of private messages or images which are hidden and therefore more difficult to intercept.

Status: Patent pending.

Improved security panels to prevent or slow entry

This is a new design for security panels. The panels are made from aluminum foam making them strong but light weight and their design makes then difficult to attach with powerful cutting and drilling tools. Applications may be safes or security rooms. Panels have been tested by the Home Office (UK) and were rated the highest classification for forcible entry resistance against angle grinders. 

This technology was developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer IWU. Status: Patent pending.

3D Morphable Face Model - construct a 3D face from a single 2D image

The Surrey Face Model consists of a multi-resolution principal component analysis model of face shape and colour information and allows the reconstruction of a 3D face from a single 2D image. Such models are used for 3D head pose estimation, face analysis, face recognition and facial landmark detection and tracking. The Surrey Face Model is available on GitHub for non-commercial purposes and commercial licences are available on request. 

Disordered photonic material and design technique for optical computing

This is a new 3D disordered photonic material and method of design. Such materials can be designed and built to manipulate light. Applications include: production of synthetic materials with iridescent qualities and optical components, wavelength filters and light guides for telecommunication.

Status: Patent pending.

Self-assembling coatings and carriers

This is a new material made of oligoglycines that form self-assembling flat, rigid layers on surfaces whilst acting as moisture-barrier coatings. Use as coatings for transparent electrodes has shown increased conductivity whilst providing a clear water-repelling and self-cleaning coating. The materials are dissolved in water at low pH and fall out of solution at around neutral pH. The materials have also shown to have applications as nanocarriers for transport of hydrophobic materials, for release at a particular pH.

This technology was developed in collaboration with Instituto de Carboquímica ICB-CSIC and University of Zaragoza, Spain. Status: Patent pending.

Nano-fibre spinning

This device produces sheets of nano-fibres (“carbon nanotube paper”) from polymer solutions using electrospinning. Such a device can be used particularly for the manufacture of sheets of carbon, silicon or boron nitride nanotubes. The alignment and diameter of nano-fibres can be closely controlled at a high manufacturing speed whilst avoiding blockages that come with typical jet-spray based devices. Uses include: fire protection, development of heat sinks, electromagnetic shielding, filter membranes, armour plating.

Status: Patent pending.



For information on these technologies speak to:

Rob Yates T: 01483 68 9321, E:



Life Sciences

Sepsis detection, fitness monitoring

This is new maths for visualising and quantifying changes in complex periodic waveform data, undetectable by conventional methods. It extracts useful information, not previously accessible, from continuous periodic data streams. Potential uses include:

  • Continuous analysis of blood pressure traces to enable earlier detection of sepsis and avoid morbidity and deaths; this application is being developed in collaboration with Kings College London.
  • Providing information to users in wellness and fitness training programmes to help monitor progress.
  • Cardiac monitoring in animal studies for drug development.

Status: Patent pending.

Hydrogel based molecularly imprinted polymers

Scientists from the University of Surrey and Imperial College London developed an invention which uses hydrogel based molecularly imprinted polymers (HydroMIPs) for protein crystallisation, providing a higher yield of protein crystals over current techniques. This method also works with protein structures that are difficult to crystallise using other methods. For more information on the purchase of HydroMIPS please contact Jonathan Hodrien

Status: Granted UK patent.

Antimicrobial animal bedding for agricultural and domestic use

A naturally occurring material that provides a cheap and safe way of preventing growth of pathogens, bacteria and production of ammonia. In poutry housing it will significantly improve animal welfare and help the farms meet new stricter European legislation on the release of ammonia. In domestic use it will help prevent bacteria associated with food poisoning and reduce odour from pet bedding. 

Status: Granted EU patent.

Natural residual antimicrobial - can be used on food and surfaces

A newly discovered natural antimicrobial mixture that is extremely safe to use and has a residual effect when applied to food and surfaces. Applications include hospital infection control (for MRSA etc), prevention of fruit spoilage, general uses in industry and around the home. 

Status: Granted patents in China, Japan and UK.

Ultra-sensitive bi-directional flowmeter/respirometer

The design and arrangement of the pressure sensors used in this respirometer makes this device both bi-directinal and of a higher sensitivity and higher accuracy than current respirometers, whilst still price competitive. This device has been prototyped as a respirometer and features disposable mouthpieces.

Status: Patent pending.

Automated retinal image analysis for diabetic retinopathy screening

Developed in collaboration with Moorfields Eye Hospital this software separates normal from abnormal retinal images allowing skilled people to concentrate on diagnosis and disease progression. Moorfields estimates that 80% of their time is dedicated to separating normal and abnormal images – it can therefore improve throughput and reduce costs in screening and diabetic monitoring programmes.  It has been tested in over 34,000 images of different ethnicities with 94.8% sensitivity, 82.25% specificity and ROC 0.97.

Status: Patent pending.

Bladder and prostate cancer point-of-care test

This is a urine based assay for the detection and quantification of the EN2 protein secreted by prostate and bladder cancers, and a further assay based on EN2 mRNA found in urine derived cell pellets.  Monoclonal antibodies are available for the protein assay and primer sequences for the mRNA assay. Licensees will need to develop their own assay on a suitable platform.

Already licenced for hospital and laboratory use, and available for licencing for point-of-care. Status: Granted and pending patents worldwide.

Low-cost production of activated charcoal

This is a method of producing activated charcoal through heating particular plant-based materials, without the need for addition of activating agents. The process makes the method of manufacturing activated carbon simple and low-cost.

Status: Granted US and UK patents.



For information on these technologies speak to:

Jonathan Hodrien T: 01483 68 3676, E:


Engineering & Physical Science

Rob Yates

T: 01483 68 9321


Life Sciences & Software

Jonathan Hodrien

T: 01483 68 3676

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