IP and licensing

The Technology Transfer Office is here to help you easily access the University of Surrey's intellectual property (IP) derived from its innovative research.

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What we do

Sometimes the IP is ‘ready to go’ and available for licence, sometimes we need to discuss with you how we can access the research base and IP that is not yet ‘ready to go’ to solve your problem, or sometimes we can simply introduce you to the right researcher with the right expertise.

As we are in the business of finding solutions to your problems we are happy to discuss the best way of doing this. Our interest is to ensure that the outputs from University research are given the best chance of being put to good use in the wider world.

    Technology Transfer team

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    Dr William Lovegrove

    Head of Technology Transfer & Interim Co-Director of Innovation Strategy

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    Ieuan French

    Technology Transfer Manager - Life Sciences

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    Dr William Mortimore

    Technology Transfer Manager - Physical Sciences

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    Elise Cant

    Intellectual Property Officer

    Licensing opportunities

    See our 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.

    If you don’t see what you are looking for please feel free to contact with the Technology Transfer team on +44 (0)1483 683670 or techtransfer@surrey.ac.uk.

    Engineering and physical sciences

    For information on engineering and physical sciences technologies contact the Technology Transfer Office and your query will be forwarded to the appropriate team member:

    These radiation-grafted anion-exchange membranes are available to purchase (the exact chemistry supplied can be discussed at the time of purchase). The membranes can be used in electrochemical devices such as alkaline membrane fuel cells. They are supplied in the chlorine anion forms and are at least 20 cm x 25 cm in area. They can be provided at either 30 ± 5,  55 ± 10 or 90 ± 10 μm thickness when fully hydrated. The ion-exchange capacities of these anion-exchange membranes are typically 2.0 ± 0.5 mequiv /g and the actual value of the ion-exchange capacity of the membranes supplied can be provided on request. The colour of the membranes are white to light brown and they may emit a mild amine (rotten fish) odour. The membranes are insoluble in all common solvents including water and can be converted into other anion forms.

    The detailed chemistry and other basic physical properties of these classes of anion-exchange membrane can be found in Wang et al., Green Chemistry 2017, volume 19, pages 831-843, and Wang et al., Journal of Materials Chemistry 2018, volume 6, pages 15404 - 15412 (freely available under a CC-BY licence).

    The membranes are made on demand and will be supplied within two months from the order date, sent through Royal Main International Tracked and Signed. The membranes are experimental and will be provided on a “best effort basis”. A maximum of 10 membranes can be supplied per customer without the need for a formal agreement. For non-EU customers the University may require an export licence agreement.

    For enquiries and pricing please contact Professor John Varcoe.

    This is a new low-cost and highly stable catalyst for the transformation of carbon dioxide into value added products such as syngas. The catalyst avoids the use of expensive noble metals and can withstand long continuous operation of more than 300 hours without de-activation, maintaining high levels of CO2 conversion. The technology was developed jointly with The University of Alicante.

    Project reference: DRC

    This is a new design of electrolytic cell for the generation of hydrogen. The improved cell has a hydrogen evolution rate nearly three times that of standard water electrolyser-based systems. The cell can operate at small scales for portable hydrogen generation in clean fuel cells or be integrated with other renewable energy sources.

    Project reference: EFH, HGZ

    This technology provides real-time separation of sounds from a mixture of sound sources using a very small array of three or four 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 see: quad.io

    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% to 80% with substantial reductions in the complexity and costs of production.

    Project reference: SMA

    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.

    Project reference: GFS, GCG

    This technology is for tracking Binary Offset Carrier (BOC) 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.

    Project reference: OBR

    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.

    Project reference: PCG

    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. 

    Project reference: TLL

    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

    Project reference: SSM

    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.

    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.

    For more information see Local self-uniformity in photonic networks

    Status: Patent pending.

    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.

    Life sciences

    For information on life sciences technologies contact the Technology Transfer Office and your query will be forwarded to the appropriate team member:

    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 by analysing the entire waveform. This allows the detection of very subtle changes in any periodic waveform. 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.

    Project reference: CIE

    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.

    Project reference: MIPS

    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.

    Project reference: HXC, ENB

    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.

    Project reference: ATC

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