Organosilicon Chemistry

Professor Peter Taylor, one of the UKs leading organosilicon chemists, has developed a novel process for synthesising organosilicons that has been used in the development of contact lenses. Potential applications of this technology range from the production of personal care products to batteries and now currently as a way to produce whiter, more sustainable road markings that last longer.

Novel process for synthesising organosilicons

Online Collective Awareness Technologies

The OU's Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) has been at the forefront of digital innovation for the past 20 years and are world leaders in developing tools for social media analysis. Dr Anna De Liddo’s group have developed a range of Collective Intelligence (CI) technologies that support sense-making and summarization of online (and televised) discussions and debates through the analysis, modelling and visualisation of user responses. Whether it is a market research study, an online learning inquiry, a face-to-face longitudinal health practice, or a live event ­– such as a televised political election debate – CI technologies provide an effective platform to harness citizen feedback and structure the collective knowledge of a community.

Open University research into Collective Intelligence

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