Sunamp and Edinburgh University triumph at Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

Our relationship with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Chemistry has been recognised at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019 where we picked up the ‘Powerful Partnership’ award.

We are proud and delighted winners and extend our appreciation to members of the Pulham Research Group and Sunamp Materials team including Professor Colin Pulham, Dr David Oliver, Dr Rowan Clark, Dr Kate Fisher, Dr Gylen Odling, Angela Fong, Izabela Kordas, Poppy O’Neill, Imogen Christopher, Hannah Logan, Bryn Evans and many other students and staff in both teams.

Since 2010, our association with University of Edinburgh’s School of Chemistry has grown from a small consultancy project into a vibrant and robust enterprise. The judging process took account of our successful joint bids for millions of pounds of funding, new business and research opportunities, strengthened links to UK facilities, job creation and access to international markets.

CEO Andrew Bissell said: “From the beginning, when Interface introduced us and we did the first piece of work together under an Innovation Voucher, Professor Colin Pulham and I had a meeting of minds on the value and impact of tackling the huge challenge in developing new Phase Change energy storage materials.

“We have solved the riddle of low cost, high energy density, long life, non-toxic, non-flammable PCMs. This works exceptionally well because of the ‘porous boundary’ between the teams which allows us all to work together ‘as one’. We have achieved massively – transforming heat energy storage.  Further huge leaps are just ahead.”

Organised by Interface, the awards recognise, reward and celebrate impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships.