2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant awarded!
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem on being successfully awarded a 2017 Global Connections Fund – Bridging Grant with the project entitled ” Extruded Hollow-Core Fibre for High-Power Mid-IR Laser”. The Bridging Grants are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement into a strong collaboration leading to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.
This grant will not only accelerates the development of a long term strategic collaboration between IPAS and IRflex Corporation (USA) but it also continues to reinforce the existing collaboration to develop hollow-core fibre with the unique capability to transmit extremely high-power industrial lasers.
This project will utilise IPAS’ s unique intellectual property and know-how to design and fabricate innovative dies for glass extrusion with extremely fine microstructures (~1 micron thick); along with the 3D metal printing capabilities to develop and produce titanium dies specifically designed to extrude mid-infrared glasses. The partner company, IRflex Corporation (USA), is specialized in the development and manufacture of novel mid-infrared fibres and devices, with the specialized equipment and technical resources to produce ultra high-purity mid-infrared glasses.