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Dr. George McKerr of the University of Ulster added, "We are a fully multidisciplinary lab that can deliver a wide variety of imaging solutions. Our research into neural repair and regeneration will benefit greatly from the tomographic capabilities of the Tecnai TEM and our collaborative work with Unilever Research has exciting opportunities ahead in the full deployment ofthe unique capabilities of environmental SEM. This venture also has a window onto all the advanced work that we do with optical microscopy techniques andwe look forward to fuller integration."
As global investment in nanotechnology development continues to grow, FEI's tools continue to provide advanced applications for industrial and research users working on the nanoscale around the world.
Attending the centre's opening was Deputy U.S. Consul General in Belfast ,Henry Bisharat, and senior management representatives from Unilever. In his opening comments Bisharat commented, "Over the coming years and decades, nanotechnologies are set to make an enormous impact on manufacturing and service industries, on electronics, information technology, and on many other areas of life, from medicine to energy conservation. Some forecasts have placed the worldwide market for nanotechnology-related products at around 105 billion pounds in 2005 and 700 billion pounds by 2010. I believe this project between a leading UK research centre and U.S.-based FEI, a world leader inproviding enabling tools, will make important contributions to this new industrial revolution."
"We are excited to be part of this prestigious regional centre for advanced microscopy," commented Rob Fastenau, senior vice president of FEI's NanoResearch and Industry and NanoBiology market divisions and senior executive for FEI in Europe . "The University of Ulster should prove to be an important force in accelerating breakthroughs in nanoscience--the developmentof new nano-enabled technologies. We look forward to working with the centre for many years to come."
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