KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Defence Security to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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Effects of EU regulations on fingermark visualisation

This week's challenge relates to the introduction of regulations that will affect the current techniques for fingermark visualisation.

'Can we ensure that EU regulation of chemicals doesn't restrict the functionality of fingermark visualisation techniques?

Certain chemicals have been, or are at risk of, being banned by the EU. This means that alternatives need to be source to ensure that fingermark visualisation capabilities are maintained. For example Synperonic N has been banned by the EU, this chemical was used as a surfactant in several processes including the visualisation of fingermarks on wetted porous surfaces. Work to develop an alternative is already underway led but Home Office CAST, and it has highlighted the importance of staying 'ahead of the curve' when it comes to the chemicals used in fingermark visualisation to ensure that there are suitable alternatives to be brought in as legislation continues to change. EU regulaion is likely to impact fluorinated solvents in the future and therefore there is an opportunity for further research to identify alternative carrier solvents for techniques such as ninhydrin. Similarly Triton X-100 has been added to the 'Substances of Very High Concern' SVHC list and will be banned for production and use in Europe'. Therefore there is a need to develop formulations and equipment for easy application and clean-up of powder suspensions. There is also a need to develop a water-based fluorescent dyeing reformulation to replace Triton-X 100. Without research in these areas operational capacity will be diminished.'

To view this and other challenges visit the Innovation Database.



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