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Nanoscience explored in new RCUK website

21 January 2010

Research Councils UK (RCUK) have today launched a new website which explores the area of nanoscience research, a major multi-disciplinary programme area funded by RCUK. The website gives details of research currently being funded in this area and includes case studies of where this research is making an impact on society and the economy.

The RCUK Nanoscience Through Engineering to Application Programme is investing in research across a number of disciplines including chemistry, physics, biology, medicine and engineering. Nanoscience refers to the science of the very small (a billionth of a meter) and nanotechnologies can provide novel solutions to a variety of societal issues such as climate change and improving human health.

Some areas of nanoscience research featured on the website include:

  • ‘Nanotags’ made from pollen can help police trace people who have handled bullets and guns used in crimes
  • Researching the way small insects can hear is helping researchers develop new ultra sensitive microphones
  • Using nanoparticles in body armour for police and the armed forces makes it more flexible and lighter to wear, and therefore more effective

The new website is available at:

About Research Councils UK

Research Councils UK is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils. We invest annually around £3 billion in research. Our focus is on excellence with impact. We nurture the highest quality research, as judged by international peer review providing the UK with a competitive advantage. Global research requires we sustain a diversity of funding approaches, fostering international collaborations, and providing access to the best facilities and infrastructure, and locating skilled researchers in stimulating environments. Our research achieves impact – the demonstrable contribution to society and the economy made by knowledge and skilled people. To deliver impact, researchers and businesses need to engage and collaborate with the public, business, government and the third sector.

The 7 UK Research Councils are:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

External contact

Jane Wakefield, RCUK Press and Communications Manager

tel: 01793 444592


BBSRC Media Office

tel: 01793 414694