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CBI member The University of Leeds recently signed a £3 million collaborative research deal with Sinochem Group, a leading Chinese state-backed company whose core businesses cover energy, agriculture, chemicals, real estate, and financial services.
The money will be used to fund six new research projects in colour science, semiconductor research, polymer development, and plant science covering transgenic technology, new materials, and anti-counterfeit technologies. The research will be carried out in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Biological Sciences.
Professor Mike Wilson, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, said, "This is a significant commitment to collaborative research and personnel training in science and technology from a state-backed Chinese company to a British higher education institution. We are honoured that science at Leeds is held in such high regard."
Professor Li Bin, Vice President at Sinochem, said, "I believe that through the concerted efforts of both Sinochem and Leeds, we will be able to achieve our objectives of the development of advanced, commercialisable technologies. At the same time, through the Sinochem-Leeds collaboration platform, we will also be able to establish a team of leading scientists as well as a team of strong researchers."
Long Lin, Professor of Colour and Polymer Science at Leeds, said, "This deal will also help create closer relationships with highly respected colleagues in Chinese research institutes such as the Sinochem Shenyang Research Institute of Chemical Industry and the Sinochem Zhejiang Research Institute of Chemical Industry."
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