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Sniff of success for scientist

18 Dec 2008

A scientist who developed a new and fast method for detecting potentially harmful airborne chemicals has scooped the UMIP Technology Commercialisation Award for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr Krishna Persaud getting his award from Prof Colin Hughes
Dr Krishna Persaud getting his award from Prof Colin Hughes

Professor Krishna Persaud from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences established MultiSensor Systems Limited (MSS) in 2007 to commercialise technology capable of sensing volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The technology is the culmination of twenty years of research in the field of the sense of smell, in which Professor Persaud is a leading authority.

The MSS monitoring system is designed for use in industrial and environmental situations.

The company’s main market is the water treatment industry, which is notoriously difficult to break into. But Prof Persaud, supported by UMIP, has managed to break through and sell monitors to UK water companies.

MSS, which will soon be in a position to recruit full-time staff, is in the process of appointing its first overseas distributors; in Korea, China, Germany, Poland and Singapore. It is also pursuing highly valuable prospects outside of the water treatment sector.

Prof Persaud’s technology was successfully commercialised with assistance from UMIP, which provided MSS with £30,000 of investment from its ‘proof of principle’ fund to build monitor boxes for trials.

The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited (UMIP) is the managing agent of The University of Manchester for intellectual property commercialisation.

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