OU research group seeks industry engagement

The Open University

25th February 2022

AstrobiologyOU is a multidisciplinary research group in The Open University that are working to understand how, and where, life might be found and to address the scientific and ethical challenges faced by astrobiology-related exploration missions; whilst ensuring societal benefits and sustainability. We also develop commercial and social enterprises as a means of maximising the impact of our academic and research activities.

Our research benefits from an extensive suite of laboratories on campus in Milton Keynes, housing advanced analytical instrumentation, simulation and experimental facilities. The laboratories have the capabilities to simulate a range extraterrestrial environments that can be used to study, for example, habitability and biosignature formation. They are supported by an experienced and highly qualified technical team, and are available for both research and commercial work. Our facilities include:

  • Environmental Simulation Chambers for Aerospace and Engineering Applications
  • Hypervelocity Impact Facility for Aerospace
  • Anaerobic Microbiology Facility and Characterisation of Novel Microorganisms
  • Environmental Reactor Facility for Geochemical and Biochemical Studies
  • Nucleic Acid Extraction from Low Biomass Environmental Samples 

Potential forms of engagement and collaboration with industry include provision of laboratory services, collaborative and contract research, among others.

For further details: https://www.open.ac.uk/research-groups/astrobiology/downloads.  

If you are interested in learning more about AstrobiologyOU or in working with us, please get in touch at astrobiology@open.ac.uk

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