Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

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Dr Daniel Elford and Dr Luke Chalmers

Engineering Physics (2007), DPhil - Physics (2010)

Sonobex grew out of five years’ research, supported by Feodor Kusmartsev and Gerry Swallowe from Loughborough University’s Physics Dept. It is an innovative noise barrier for the transport, manufacturing, energy and construction sectors. The SonoBARRIER technology is a cost-effective and comparatively unobtrusive solution for noisy transport links and machinery.

Sonobex was established to raise investment to commercialise the technology. Demonstrator prototypes are installed in the UK for trials within the rail and energy sectors with further trials planned across Europe. 

Commercialising research has been a steep learning curve. I have been on a crash course with the Royal Academy and Cambridge University Business School, but I’ve also done a lot of learning on the job, for which there is no substitute in developing your skills.