Robotic chemist project receives £1m funding

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has let a contract with the University of Liverpool and its start-up company Gearu Robotic Research.

The government department announced that the robotic chemist project has received £1 million in funding.

The purpose of the project is to identify the optimal robotic solution to conduct 2 chemical processes, one related to the analysis of environmental samples and the other to the analysis of explosives, to define a follow on contract to complete the project.

The majority of the funding for the 2-year project is provided by the Defence Innovation Unit, with support from Defence Equipment and Support, and the Department for Transport.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the application of such technology, which has the potential to significantly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of our chemical analysis services for the benefit of all of our Defence and Security customers,” said David Groves, a fellow in the Counter Terrorism and Security Division and the instigator of the project.

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