approach to a cleaner world
of Leeds is the only institution to win bids for two research
projects out of a total of £24m awarded to 14 projects
nationwide. In the final round of grants from the Joint
Infrastructure Fund (JIF), Leeds academics gained funding
worth jointly almost £2.5m to further research into the
reduction of pollution.
Yardley of Earth Sciences has been awarded £950,000 to
research the motion of fluids in the earthís crust, leading
to a greater understanding of the movement of oil reserves
and the long-term fate of pollutants.
The £1.5m awarded
to Professor Michael Pilling and colleagues in the School
of Chemistry will purchase new laboratory equipment to
study the chemical processes involved in combustion and
the atmosphere. The work should lead to improvements in
fuel efficiency and reductions in pollutant levels.
said: "The grant is great news for us and will help
us contribute to the sound scientific base needed for
Wellcome Trustís decision to stop funding research infrastructure,
the government used the announcement of the grants to
reiterate its commitment to making the investment necessary
to ensure the UK is at the forefront of scientific advances.