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The Chemistry department of the University of Southampton has been ranked 8th in the UK for research power in the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) that were released yesterday.

94 per cent of the chemistry department’s submission to the review was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent, placing Southampton as one of the UK’s top research universities.

Ilika was spun out of the chemistry department in 2004 and still retains strong links with the University. The University retains a shareholding in Ilika and there continues to be a close cooperation through a facilities agreement, which provides a framework for Ilika to access state-of-the-art equipment.

In July 2013, the Company announced it had entered into an industrial partnership with the University to design, build and operate a solid-state battery scale-up facility. The capital investment was funded by a £3.3 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (‘EPSRC’) and a further infrastructure investment of £750,000 by the University.  The capital investment is being managed by Ilika’s Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Brian Hayden. Ilika supplied an expert team to design the equipment and supervise its installation and operation.

An important aspect of the REF is the impact of the research carried out at the University. As part of its submission, the department included a case study highlighting the impact of research that resulted in the formation of Ilika and the company’s subsequent success. The scores that the University received for impact were particularly strong.

Graeme Purdy, CEO of Ilika, commented: “We are delighted at the recognition given to the University for its world-leading research. Ilika and its shareholders continue to benefit from the close collaboration between the company and this leading edge university and we look forward to further delivering strong commercial impact through our joint endeavours." 

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