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Nanotechnology grant to keep the black stuff flowing

Oil has driven our economies for more than a century but we still know relatively little about its life underground, according to Professor Dongsheng Wen, chair in petroleum engineering in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

A new €1.96 (£1.4 million) European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant will support Professor Wen’s research into using nanoparticles to unlock these secrets.

“Although the percentage of oil in our energy mix is decreasing, the amount our economies need is increasing,” says Professor Wen. “We need to understand more about oil reservoirs and develop new ways of unlocking oil, and nanoparticles are one of the keys.

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The University of Leeds is investing £17 million in a state-of-the-art laboratory for structural biology research.

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