Sensor Coating Systems wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

Sensor Coating Systems wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

Sensor Coating Systems Ltd (SCS), a leader in thermal mapping technology has won second prize in the materials & enabling technologies category of Emerging Technologies Competition 2017, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual innovation initiative.

The company’s novel thermal history technology will replace current industry standard thermal paints and offers very significant advantages in power generation, aero engines, in the automotive industry and in other relevant high-temperature industrial applications.
40 shortlisted entrants from all over Europe pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges at Chemistry Means Business, a two-day event for the chemistry-using industry by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The winners were announced at an award ceremony held on 13th June as part of the same event.
Applications were judged on the degree of innovation of the technology, its potential impact, and the quality of the science behind it. Sensor Coating Systems will receive tailored business support from the competition’s multinational partner companies, as well as business training, financial mentoring, media support and a cash prize of £10,000.

About the technology

Sensor Coating Systems provides a unique luminescence based sensing technology which enables engineers to record past temperatures on previously inaccessible components. The temperature measurement capability reaches from around 150°C to 1,400°C. This makes the technology very useful for the evaluation and design of mission-critical components in harsh environments such as gas turbines or internal combustion engines.

The drive for higher fuel efficiencies and a reduction in CO2 emissions sees the requirement for higher operating temperature in combustion engines. This, however, requires more sophisticated component designs and a rapid temperature assessment capability during the testing phase. One of the benefits of the SCS system over conventional methods is the ability to use automated and objective readout methods delivering high-resolution temperature maps across large surface areas. Another significant factor is the non-destructive, non-toxic property of the memory material, allowing a much more flexible approach in its application than traditional thermal paint methods and does not require post-test de-contamination or specific safety measures.
Dr Jörg Feist, Managing Director at Sensor Coating Systems said: “The team at Sensor Coating Systems is extremely delighted to win this prestigious award. We have made significant progress since our incorporation in 2012. The experienced jury recognised this progress and the uniqueness of our technology and the skill sets of our team, which is solving a real-world problem.”

Aurora Antemir, Head of Industry at the Royal Society of Chemistry said:

    Innovation requires collaboration between companies, universities and funders, and we’re excited to be able to use our networks to help with this, through our Emerging Technologies Competition. It is fantastic to be helping so many cutting-edge technologies make the leap from lab to market.

Not only does the competition provide validation for new business ideas and technologies, but it connects small companies and entrepreneurs with large companies. This is key to helping these small companies commercialise their products.

The success of the competition owes a great deal to its partners, chemistry-using multinationals who share our passion for innovation and collaboration. They provide support to our winners in a number of ways, including strategy reviews, product testing, and introducing them to new networks. The partners for 2017 are Unilever, Croda, Diageo, GE Life Sciences, AstraZeneca, Schlumberger, AkzoNobel, Johnson Matthey and Mondelez. This year we have also partnered with the University of Cambridge and KPMG, who will provide entrepreneurial training and financial mentoring to our shortlisted entrants and winners, and Mewburn Ellis, who will be providing intellectual property guidance.

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About Sensor Coating Systems

Sensor Coating Systems Ltd. spun out of Southside Thermal Sciences ( an Imperial College spin-out itself in 2012. SCS pioneers sensor technology based on luminescence materials for engineering applications in demanding environments. Its award-winning technology enables accurate temperature detection, corrosion and erosion monitoring and lifetime predictions and, in doing so, assists in optimising the operation of machinery, lowering fuel costs and maintaining material integrity. The main industrial sectors for application are the power generation industry, aero engines, automotive and machinery operating in extreme environments such as oil & gas and petrochemical plants. SCS is internationally orientated and works with companies such as MAN Diesel & Turbo, Alstom and Snecma under collaborative agreements and also with reputed institutions such as EPRI and the German Aerospace Centre. The technology has also been endorsed by a plurality of grant organisations in the UK and the US including INNOVATE UK and the British National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).
SCS achieved international recognition after being nominated as a finalist for the Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) 2013 in the European Parliament and also received the British Engineering Excellence Award 2013. The SCS technical team received the prestigious John P Davies Award of the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Düsseldorf, Germany, in June 2014.

The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 50,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, the RSC is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 175 years of history and an international vision for the future.

Chemistry Means Business

Chemistry Means Business, held on 13–14 June 2017, is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship event for the chemistry-using industry, uniting SMEs, multinational organisations, investors and academic entrepreneurs from across the UK and Europe. The event saw the 2017 final of the Emerging Technologies Competition.

Emerging Technologies Competition

Each year, the Royal Society of Chemistry invites 40 shortlisted entrants to present their technologies to panels of industry experts at Chemistry Means Business, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship event for the chemistry-using industry.
Two prizes are available in each category: health, energy & environment, food & drink, materials & enabling technologies.
More information about the Emerging Technologies Competition and a full list of the winners can be found on our webpage at:
Dr J.P. Feist Managing Director Sensor Coating Systems Ltd e:

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