Dr García Nuñez added: “This new technology is well-aligned with the energy priority area of both Pakistan and the UK, and will enable us to enhance and improve the performance of current technology such as health, environment and food quality monitoring, smart cities and buildings, transportation, sport activities, space expeditions and military devices.”
The project will make use of both industry facilities and the University’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging laboratory in Paisley, which launched in 2020.
The £12 million lab, recognised a centre of excellence in the UK, will help the Institute continue to build on its successes, which – over the past five years – has won £7 million-worth of external research and enterprise grants, as well as securing five patents and creating a new masters programme in advanced thin films technology.
Professor Gibson added: “At UWS, we are committed to impactful, relevant, collaborative research, and the British Council and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan’s funding will enable us to do more of that.
“This project has real potential to drive change in a number of different industries, and I look forward to seeing how we and our partners will work together to create this pioneering technology.”