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SPECIFIC Shortlisted for Awards

The SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre is proud to announce that our flagship demonstrator building, the Active Classroom has been shortlisted in the Constructing Excellence Wales awards and the Business Green Leader awards.



Inspiring Women 2017 - Swansea University

As part of International Women’s Day 2017 celebrations each week during March, Swansea University showcased a range of successful and inspiring women that work, study and support Swansea University, both past and present.



SPECIFIC welcomes the Swansea Bay City Deal

We warmly welcome the signing today of the Swansea Bay City Deal by the Prime Minister Theresa May.



Famelab regional winner!

SPECIFIC Technology Transfer Fellow Carol Glover is through to the UK final of Famelab.



SPECIFIC IKC wins award from The Engineer

SPECIFIC have won the Collaborate to Innovate awards from The Engineer for the category of Built Environment.



The UK’s first energy positive classroom is switched on in Swansea

SPECIFIC's Active Classroom generates, stores and releases its own solar energy. It is a building for learning from, not just in.



SPECIFIC IKC Buildings as Power Stations Conference Agenda

Take a look at the agenda for our buildings as power stations conference



A smarter, safer way to reduce corrosion: award for Swansea steel experts

Better protection against rust and corrosion is a step closer thanks to a breakthrough by a Swansea University research team, who have discovered a safer, smarter way of tackling the problem.



Research as Art 2016

The Research as Art competition celebrates the diversity and beauty of research at Swansea and the creativity and impact of its researchers. With the results recently announced, we look at two of the runner up entries from SPECIFIC researchers Katherine Hooper and Tom Dunlop.



Steel is a 21st century industry - Swansea research on tomorrow's technologies

Steel is a 21st century industry, high-tech and highly-skilled - and it is essential for many of tomorrow’s technologies. That’s the message from Swansea University researchers who work closely with the industry, as they revealed the wide range of areas they work on: from solar energy and algae to p



Journey of an EngD

As the annual EngD seminar takes place, we follow the progress of Ashley Pursglove, a former student.



Materials Research Impact Competition

What impact can your research have? What benefits can your work have for your partners? Find out the far reaching impact of one person's research - competition winner Rhys Charles.



The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) launches today at Swansea University

A new £14m EU-backed project to develop the next generation of leaders within Wales’ engineering sector has been announced by Finance Minister, Jane Hutt at Swansea University.



Science without Borders

SPECIFIC student researcher Gabriel Bartholazzi Lugao De Carvalho wins the Science without Borders poster prize.



Sêr Solar in the 2015 Wales Green Energy Award finals

Some of the research carried out at SPECIFIC by the Sêr Solar team



First full scale ‘Building as a Power Station’ opened

Wales’ first energy positive house – capable of exporting more energy to the grid than it uses – was officially opened today by Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.



SPECIFIC Researchers Print Perovskite onto Flexible Metal

Swansea University researchers have developed solar cells which can be printed onto cheap metal foil making it a flexible and inexpensive way to generate solar power.



Showcasing Innovation in Wales

SPECIFIC recently held the first event in the month long Wales Festival of Innovation. The event was a lecture on innovation in photovoltaics from Dr Peter Holliman from Bangor University.



Research as Art Competition

The SURF Research as Art competition is back! Organised by the Swansea University Research Forum (SURF) the competition invites images from across the University that are inspired by, or have themselves inspired research.



Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part III

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.



Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part II

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.



Sêr Solar Speaker Profiles Part I

As the upcoming Sêr Solar conference approaches, we take a look at the profiles of the world class speakers attending.



Sêr Solar Conference Programme Announced

The full programme for the Sêr Solar conference Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture has been announced



Focus On: Silvia Villarroya

We find out more about Silvia Villarroya, the PV Business Development Manager for the Sêr Solar project at SPECIFIC.



Researchers illuminate the way to low cost solar energy

Researchers at the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University are one step closer to making low cost solar energy a reality by cutting the time it takes to make a new type of solar cell from up to 90 minutes to just 3 seconds.



Sêr Solar Lecture Series

March 2015 - Solution processing inorganic semiconductors and applications in the energy field



Upcoming Events

Royal Society of Chemistry conference on Formulation Science and Technology group (FSTG) - 24th April at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London



The Royal Society South Africa - UK Seminar

The Royal Society South Africa - UK Seminar: Functional Coatings for a Sustainable World took place at SPECIFIC in January 2015.



Sêr Solar Conference - Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture

Puchase your tickets for the upcoming conference.



Upcoming Events

Innovate UK is offering up to £4M of Innovation Funding to meet the challenges of the Built Environment and Construction



Upcoming Events - PV Conference

Sêr Cymru Solar Conference - Printed Photovoltaics: From Materials to Manufacture



SPECIFIC Blog Post

New SPECIFIC Blog just in - read about the PV Group's adventures in High Wycombe!



South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) Lecture

Attending the SWMA lecture on the evolution of helicopter blades



LCRI Conference - Low Carbon Policy to Practice

Attending the annual LCRI Conference in November



National Composites Centre Grand Opening

Delegates from SPECIFIC and the Materials Academy were invited to attend the opening of Phase II of the National Composites Centre (NCC)



SPECIFIC Research Furthers Understanding of Perovskite Solar Cells

A new technique developed here at SPECIFIC has helped to improve understanding of the chemical changes that occur in perovskite solar cells during heat treatment



BBC Radio Wales Science Café Explores Precious Metals

From building cars to generating power, research in materials science has driven technological advancements. Adam Walton from the BBC Radio Wales Science Café investigates…



Advanced Materials publication for the SPECIFIC PV team

Researchers at SPECIFIC have developed a new design for printed solar cells making them inexpensive, safe and easy to use.



Annual EngDoc and MRes Seminar

The annual seminar is a chance for students to present the research they have carried out on real life research problems given to them by industrial company partners.



Nato Summit Reception, Celtic Manor

SPECIFIC Business Development Director Jan Ball attended the Nato summit reception hosted by Prince Charles to promote Wales.



BBC Radio Wales Science Café

Dr Trystan Watson gave a lecture at the national Eisteddfod on Buildings as Powerstations, talking about the research and development carried out at SPECIFIC.



SWMA Win IOM3 Society of the Year Award

Representatives from Tata and Swansea University collected a prestigious award on behalf of the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) from the Institute of Materials at the Premier Awards Event in London in July this year.



What SPECIFIC means to industrial partners

Representatives from all levels of industry share their views on SPECIFIC and how it benefits their organisation



Venturefest Wales 2014

Venturefest Wales brought together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to inspire business growth in Wales and SPECIFIC were there to showcase what we do.



Impact Awards 2014

Congratulations to Prof Dave Worsley and Dr Trystan Watson as runners up in the Outstanding Breakthrough in Research Award for their work in photovoltaics (PV).



Opening of Pilot Manufacturing Resource Centre brings 'Buildings as Power Stations’ one step closer

The creation of buildings as ‘power stations’ that can harness the sun’s energy to generate, store and release their own energy came one step closer today with the opening of the new Pilot Manufacturing Resource Centre at SPECIFIC in Baglan.



Materials Live! at the Cheltenham Science Festival

The Materials Live team demonstrate the wonders of materials science at the Cheltenham Science Festival



All Energy Exhibition Aberdeen

The SPECIFIC team take part in the All Energy Exhibition in Aberdeen



Materials Research Exchange - Coventry

SPECIFIC exhibited at the Materials Research Exchange event organised by the Materials Knowlegde Transfer Network (KTN)

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