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July 2024

SEMS staff and students at the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

Queen Mary PhD Student Wins Best Poster Award at the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

16 July 2024

Queen Mary PhD student Haipeng Liang has been awarded the Best Poster Award at the 16th Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, held on 25th-28th June. The award-winning poster, titled "A Pneumatic-Driven Robot for MR-Guided Prostate Therapy," showcases innovative research and significant advancements in the field of medical … [more]

Dr Maria Crespo Ribadeneyra at the Future Batt stall

Queen Mary-led project impresses at Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

12 July 2024

Dr Maria Crespo Ribadeneyra led a team including PhD students from Queen Mary and academics from Imperial College London and Newcastle University to deliver a whole week of hands-on activities and demonstrations as part of the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. The project, called Future Batt, is finding … [more]

Wei Tan recieved the ESCM Young Researcher Award

Dr Wei Tan recieves the ESCM Young Researcher Award

5 July 2024

Dr Wei Tan has been honoured with the prestigious ESCM Young Researcher Award at the 21st European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM21). This award recognises the significant contributions of young researchers (under 35 years old) in the field of composite materials. The award ceremony took place during ECCM21, held from 2nd … [more]

Some of the QM team enjoying the evening reception

Queen Mary researchers present at the European Organ-on-Chip Society Conference

5 July 2024

It was great to see so much organ-chip research and development brought together at the EUROoCS conference in Milan. Queen Mary was well represented with multiple talks and posters from our bioengineers. This included work on artery, tendon, cartilage, synovium, bone, and cancer models as well as a talk from … [more]

Micro Solarcopter in flight

Queen Mary researcher develops the world's smallest solar multirotor drone

3 July 2024

Dr Hasan Shaheed has developed the drone which has a dimension of only 0.15m × 0.15m and a weight of 0.071kg. The work has been published in Nature’s Scientific Reports and PV Magazine, the leading global solar and storage media platform. The article, ‘Development of a solar … [more]

Prof Hazel Screen

Two Queen Mary bioengineers appointed to the government’s Animals in Science Committee

2 July 2024

Prof Hazel Screen, Head of the School of Engineering and Materials Science and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, along with Prof Martin Knight, Faculty Dean for Research and Professor of Mechanobiology, have been appointed to the government’s Animals in Science Committee (ASC). The two are appointed in a job … [more]

Jet, wake, and trailing vortex features of the complex installed jet flow configuration from the GPU-accelerated Large Eddy Simulation: instantaneous vorticity magnitude coloured by the stream-wise vorticity component and a zoomed-in image of the flow in the vicinity of the flap side edge

Advances in eddy-resolving computational approaches for flow and noise modelling

1 July 2024

Prof Sergey Karabasov is to give a keynote talk at the GPPS Chania24 Technical Conference for Propulsion and Power Industry in Crete. Taking place between 4th and 6th September , the Chania24 Technical Conference is poised to provide a unique platform for professionals in both industry and academia to reconnect with … [more]


June 2024

Hyperlink's Braking Team with the award

Hyperlink wins at Global Hyperloop Competition

30 June 2024

Hyperlink, Queen Mary University of London's Hyperloop team, was recognised with the 'Braking System Award' at the 2024 Global Hyperloop Competition. Hyperlink competed in the annual event, hosted by Toronto Metropolitan University, alongside a range of local and international teams. They were the only UK team present at this year'… [more]

Georgina, Faaria and Lily at Hackmasters

Design students attend Hackmasters in Chicago

28 June 2024

Four SEMS Design students were invited by Hackmasters to their Innovation Hack in Chicago this June. Hosted by EY, a technology insights company whose purpose is “building a better working world”, the Hack theme was 'Exploring the Future of Retail and Consumer Products ' and looked at developing business … [more]

Kirsty Rutherford, Yutong Sun and María Munguía Romero with Prof James Busfield holding their rubber scroll with Prof James Busfield

Soft Matter Group perform brilliantly at the European Rubber PhD Symposium

21 June 2024

The Soft Matter Group (SMG) at QMUL participated in the 12th European PhD symposium in rubber research. This year's event was brilliantly organised by Radek Stoček at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic. James Busfield said “This is a great annual meeting where … [more]

QMUL SEED Award

SEMS student wins QMUL SEED award for educational scholarship

18 June 2024

Queen Mary School of Engineering and Materials Science second-year undergraduate student Ava Dahlia Belafonte has been successful in securing the Student Enhanced Engagement and Development (SEED) Award from the Queen Mary Academy for her significant contributions as a student research assistant on the co-creational mathematics education project titled 'Making diversity … [more]

Angela Jones receiving her award

SEMS’ Student Support Officer recognised with student nominated Educational Award

18 June 2024

At the recent Students’ Union awards, Angela Jones won the Support Staff Member of the Year Award. “Support Staff Member of the Year Award is for that hard-working member of staff working hard behind the scenes, whose work has a real impact on the quality of your life … [more]

Giacomo being awarded his runner up prize at EuroEAP 2024

Soft Matter Group Team Runners Up for the 2024 EuroEAP Challenge Competition

13 June 2024

Congratulations to Giacomo Sasso for being the runner up this year at the EuroEAP Society challenge at the Twelfth international Conference on Soft Transducers and Electromechanically Active Polymers (EuroEAP) in Stuttgart, Germany from the 11-13 June 2024 The winning project was supervised by Prof James Busfield and Prof Federico Carpi. James … [more]

Dr Hussain Abid co-chairing a technical session on propeller noise and presenting his work on high-resolution modelling of installed propeller noise

Queen Mary researchers present work at world-leading aerospace forum in Rome

11 June 2024

The SEMS computational aeroacoustics team presented their work at the 30th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (Aeroacoustics 2024), which is the premier international forum for the field of aeroacoustics. Well done to Dr Hussain Abid, Dr Vasily Gryazev, and Amal Murali, whose work on high-resolution unsteady aerodynamics and aeroacoustics modelling and data-driven … [more]

The IED logo

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering accredited by the IED

5 June 2024

We're pleased to announce that our BEng Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering programmes have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The IED is the premier membership body representing engineering and product designers. Successful completion of our BEng course means students will fully meet the academic requirements … [more]


May 2024

The distribution of lithium concentration is indicated by colours during the charging process of a graphite negative electrode

Study into electrical vehicle batteries makes Nature Comms top 25

31 May 2024

Dr Xeukun Lu’s paper, ‘Multiscale dynamics of charging and plating in graphite electrodes coupling operando microscopy and phase-field modelling’ has been included in Nature Communications’s top 25 Materials Science papers for 2023. The study, led by Dr Lu, found a way to prevent lithium plating in … [more]

Dr Shah and his team

Dr Shah hosts workshop on threshold concepts in undergraduate mathematics teaching

31 May 2024

Dr Rehan Shah hosted a UK-wide one-day in-person workshop on Thu 30 May 2024 on identifying and recognising the implications of threshold concepts in the teaching of undergraduate mathematics as part of a Teaching and Learning Higher Education grant funded by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and supported by the QMUL School … [more]

It has become tradition to meet at this bench whenever Paul visits from Australia

Dr Paul Shelley visits Queen Mary steel researchers

23 May 2024

Global VP of Innovation at Molycop, Dr Shelley was visiting to see the development of research the company has sponsored on steel for grinding media. Molycop is an international supplier of mining consumables and associated products, a technology leader in this field. Led by Dr Chinnapat Panwisawas and Professor Sir … [more]

Flow-induced cell membrane damage and enhanced intracellular transport in a cross-slot microchannel

Queen Mary modelling research featured as front cover article in Soft Matter

22 May 2024

Congratulations to Dr Ruixin Lu and the team for publishing a front cover highlight in Soft Matter. The authors developed a novel three-dimensional computational framework, which can, for the first time, simultaneously predict the transient flow-induced deformation of a viscoelastic biological cell, the deformation-induced cell membrane damage, the damage-resulted membrane … [more]

Prof Ana Sobrido giving a seminar at TU Eindhoven.

Prof Ana Sobrido gives a seminar at Eindhoven University of Technology

16 May 2024

Prof Ana Sobrido gave an invited seminar on electrospun flow battery electrodes and the use of sustainable precursors into the production of these electrode materials. Prof Sobrido’s work on designing the next generation of redox flow batteries electrospinning is part of her UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship research programme. … [more]

Discussion with industry representatives at the SEMS stand

SEMS Exhibits at the Advanced Materials Fair in Birmingham

16 May 2024

SEMS technology was exhibited at the Advanced Materials Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This trade fair, which takes place alongside the Advanced Ceramics Show, the Vehicle Electrification Expo and the Battery Cells & Systems Expo featured over 300 exhibitors along with 100 speakers, and attracted more than 4000 visitors. Our exhibit displayed … [more]

Andrew Spowage at the THE Asia Universities Summit in Kuala Lumpur

Dr Andrew Spowage on the strengths of the Joint Educational Institution model

16 May 2024

Dr Andrew Spowage, Director (Industry) at Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Research in Engineering and Materials Education, was recently invited to join a higher education panel discussion at the Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2024 Asia Universities Summit in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by Sunway University. Under … [more]

Dr Wei Tan gave an invited talk

Dr Wei Tan gives talk at International Symposium on Current Challenges of Wind Energy Development

15 May 2024

The International Symposium on Current Challenges of Wind Energy Development: Materials Science and Structural Aspects, organised by Leon Mishnaevsky Jr. from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Dr Alexandros Antoniou from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), took place last week, 13th-15th May in Athens. Over the … [more]

Ram being interviewed by the Queen Mary team

Meeting alumni at the House of Lords

14 May 2024

On 23rd April 2024, Queen Mary hosted the annual alumni reception at the House of Lords. A chance for past Queen Mary students to socialise with each other and Queen Mary staff, network and celebrate their achievements, and hear an update on the latest developments at Queen Mary from our President … [more]

The Research and Innovation Awards trophies

SEMS researchers highly commended in Queen Mary Research and Innovation Awards 2024

10 May 2024

Queen Mary’s second annual Research and Innovation Awards highlights excellence across the University, from star early career researchers to impacts in policy, industry and climate action. Two SEMS research projects were highly commended in two categories. Runner-up for the Vice Principle’s Award for Research Excellence, Dr … [more]

The QMCUR group at the BCUR dinner

Queen Mary students present at British Conference of Undergraduate Research

7 May 2024

Four student researchers from the Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research (QMCUR) have presented their work at the prestigious British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), held at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Presentations by Barbaros Zeren (first-year student in Aerospace Engineering), Yash Vaghela (first-year student in Mechanical … [more]

Umut Kusne at Cranfield University

Aerospace Engineering students take part in flight test

3 May 2024

Third year Aerospace Engineering students had the opportunity to put the knowledge gained from their Flight Dynamics module into practice last month, when they visited the National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) at Cranfield University. Queen Mary is an academic partner of the Centre and all third year Aerospace Engineering students … [more]

Abstract Deadline Extended to 22nd May

BioMedEng24: Abstract deadline extended to 22nd May

1 May 2024

BioMedEng24 is pleased to announce an extension to the deadline for abstract submission. New Deadline for Submission: 22nd May 2024 Don't miss your chance to showcase your innovative work at this leading biomedical engineering conference. Ensure you submit your abstract by the new deadline to secure your spot. Please visit: … [more]


April 2024

Zimpi Helen Kono is awarded a prize by Head of School, Prof Hazel Screen

SEMS holds 7th Russell Binions PhD Symposium

25 April 2024

The 7th annual Russell Binions Memorial PhD Symposium took place on Thursday 25th April at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Each year, The Symposium provides an opportunity for our PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Assistants to formally present their work to their peers and academics in the School. … [more]

Ana Sobrido's group at the Gum Wall in Seattle.

Ana Sobrido gives talk at the MRS Seattle on her group's work on Flow Battery Electrodes

24 April 2024

Professor Sobrido was invited to give the talk on 'Manufacturing Electrodes with Tailored Structures for Efficient Mass Transport in Flow Batteries: Challenges and Opportunities'. Deep and rapid decarbonisation of the global energy systems require the wholesale replacement of fossil fuels with renewable resources. However, these resources are intermittent and unpredictable … [more]

Discover Materials Ambassadors, Thomas Thorn (left) and Ambreen Tajmal (right), showing and discussing a range of materials and their properties with the student attendees.

Queen Mary's Discover Materials Ambassadors attend the Big Bang Fair

23 April 2024

On 23rd April, Leyton Sixth Form College in east London hosted a Big Bang Fair event, in which around 800 students from secondary schools across the capital came to learn about the variety of study pathways and future careers in STEM fields, engaging in interactive workshops and demonstrations from organisations across … [more]

Dr Rehan Shah

Dr Rehan Shah awarded IMA grant for focus groups to empower students through co-creation of inclusive mathematics curricula

22 April 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a special grant by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for organising focus groups for empowering students through the co-creation of inclusive STEM curricula for mathematics courses, in conjunction with his collaborator Dr Brigitte Stenhouse from the Open University. This forms part … [more]

A range of items which can be improved with Graphene

Prof Sir Colin Humphreys quoted in The Observer for developing ‘miracle material’.

17 April 2024

In an article about Graphene – once touted as a revolutionary material set to change industries – SEMS researchers outline how they’ve discovered ways of making the material more manufacturable, and upscale its production. Cambridge University’s spin-out company, Paragraf, founded by Queen Mary’s Professor … [more]

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Rehan Shah invited to deliver research seminar at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

9 April 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has been specially invited to deliver a research seminar to academic colleagues from the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM) at his alma mater, the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. The title of Dr Shah's seminar 'Static friction models, buckling and lift-off … [more]

King's College, Cambridge

SEMS undergraduate student awarded Vacation Scholarship with Cambridge

8 April 2024

Barbaros Zeren, a first-year undergraduate student under the supervision and mentorship of Dr Rehan Shah, has been selected to receive the QMUL-Cambridge Long Vacation Scholarship award. The scholarship provides an opportunity for eight students from across Queen Mary to attend Kings College Cambridge, and one student to attend St John&… [more]

The students who took part in the workshop, with their prototypes

Dyson workshop inspires students

4 April 2024

On Wednesday 20th March, a group of students took part in a workshop with Dyson. Delivered by current SEMS student on Year in Industry Placement with Dyson, Thamina Islam, the workshop encouraged them to use their engineering skills and imaginative problem-solving to invent new products to improve people's everyday. … [more]

Illustration of a small H type vertical axis wind turbine

British Council support joint wind energy research project with VIT Chennai

3 April 2024

The British Council has announced that they will support a joint masters educational-research project between Queen Mary and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Chennai. The masters will research distributed wind energy for urban and rural requirements, integration and energy conversion. The project consortium also consists of Indian Institute of … [more]


March 2024

Speakers for BioMedEng24

BioMedEng24 Abstract Submission

31 March 2024

The next Biomedical Engineering Association’s annual conference, BioMedEng24, will be organised by Queen Mary University of London, taking place on 5-6 September 2024. Expect to explore plenary sessions, keynote talks, break-out workshops, poster sessions, dedicated early-career researcher sessions and more. Abstract Submission Leaders from academia, industry, clinicians, early-career researchers … [more]

Dr Paul Balcombe on DW Planet A's video

Dr Paul Balcombe discusses the climate risks of LNG on DW Planet A

28 March 2024

Dr Paul Balcombe, a SEMS Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy, studies emissions from supply chains and tries to find ways of reducing green house emissions and the use of fossil fuels whilst improving quality of life. He was invited to speak to DW news about Liquified Natural … [more]

The Human-centric Innovation panel featured Dr Lorenzo Jamone and was presented by SEMS student Kameron.

SEMS student and academics present successful AI webinar series

28 March 2024

Across two weeks, Queen Mary Faculties worked together to produce a series of events looking at breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence. Topics explored Queen Mary breakthroughs in finance, business, healthcare and ethics. SEMS student Kameron Young presented three of the sessions: AI and Heathcare featuring SEMS expert Dr Caroline Roney, talking … [more]

Students get stuck in at Advanced Healthcare Limited

130 students go on industrial site visits during a successful Skills and Employability Week

27 March 2024

During the recent Skills and Employability Week, several groups of engineering students signed up for visits to various sites, including Thales Transportation, Southeast London Combined Heat and Power Plant (SELCHP), Advanced Healthcare Limited (AHL) and 3M. At Thales Transportation, students saw how they control the Hammersmith, Circle and Metropolitan line &… [more]

Prof Ana Sobrido at the Faraday Institution ERC Conference.

Prof Ana Sobrido Gives a Talk on her Career Path at The Faraday Institution Meeting

27 March 2024

Prof Ana Sobrido gave a talk at the Faraday Institution ERC Meeting held on the 26th-27th March 2024 at the University of Warwick. In her talk, Ana shared her journey as an academic, her career transition from postdoc to independent researcher and promotions since she joined QMUL in 2016. Ana gave … [more]

THAI-UP workshop in Mae Fah Luang University, and the project team visits local companies in Thailand.

UK-Thailand Collaboration “THAI-UP” Leads the Way in Sustainable Materials and Solutions from Agricultural Waste

25 March 2024

In an innovative approach to environmental sustainability and economic development, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Mae Fah Luang University (MFL) in Thailand have further enhanced their partnership in a recent project called THAI-UP: Thailand Upcycling agricultural waste for sustainable packaging and value-added products. Funded by the Queen Mary … [more]

Prof Milana  Trifkovic and Prof Ana Sobrido

Royal Society Awarded Project for New Collaboration Between Calgary University and Queen Mary University of London

22 March 2024

Prof Ana Sobrido and Dr Maria Crespo Ribadeneyra from Queen Mary, with Prof Milana Trifkovic from Calgary University, have been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges grant to conduct research on Bacterial Nanocellulose-based Polymer Composites as Solid Polymer Electrolyte for Metal Ion-Batteries. Although lithium-ion batteries are widely used in a … [more]

A graphic abstract demonstrating the research

Research outlining faster and more cost-effective pathways for aircraft published in Green Energy and Intelligent Transportation

22 March 2024

As air mobility technology progresses, seeing the introduction of vehicles such as air taxis and on-demand or unmanned aircraft, it is vital to ensure that they interact smoothly with existing airport infrastructures. Researchers are finding ways to optimise airport ground movement in both efficiency and energy consumption, while prioritising safety … [more]

Rachel Jacques (middle) after her PhD viva with examiners Torsten Wagner and Andrei Sapelkin and supervisor Steffi Krause.

Rachel Jacques passes her PhD viva

21 March 2024

Congratulations to Rachel Jacques who passed her PhD viva yesterday. Rachel's thesis is entitled 'Towards in-situ optical and electrochemical imaging to monitor action potentials for in-vitro and in-vivo applications'. She was supervised by Steffi Krause and Lei Su. Rachel pioneered the measurement of action potentials with single cell resolution … [more]

EPC's Sustainability Toolkit

Dr Rehan Shah publishes article for academic educators for the EPC’s newly launched sustainability toolkit

18 March 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has published a guidance article titled 'How can sustainability be integrated in engineering modules through mathematics content?' aimed at academics and educators at all levels in higher education who wish to integrate sustainability into mathematics-specific modules within the engineering curriculum. This forms part of a suite of … [more]

Winner Sarina Mathew (Year 4 MBBS & Intercalated BSc)

Undergraduate research posters win prizes at ILF

18 March 2024

Students from across the School of Engineering and Materials Science, including the Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research (QMCUR), third year BEng students, and the Intercalated BSc in Bioengineering presented their research projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th March 2024. All students engaged in lively discussion with our academics … [more]

MEng project presentation prize winners

Postgraduate students present research at ILF March 2024

18 March 2024

Our MEng and MSc students presented their Research Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th March 2024. Our MEng students conduct team projects in their fourth year in groups of four to six students. Currently towards the end of their projects, they were able to present a mix of prototypes, … [more]

Arterosclerosis

Queen Mary University of London researchers develop AI technique to rapidly reconstruct blood flow patterns in coronary arteries

15 March 2024

New method eliminates time-consuming computational fluid dynamics calculations. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed a simple and rapid technique to reconstruct 3D pressure and shear stress fields in coronary arteries. This new method, published in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, could revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis, … [more]

Professor Karin Hing discusses her research

A Night of Science and Engineering: Queen Mary showcases cutting-edge research and innovation

14 March 2024

On Thursday 29th February, Queen Mary’s faculty of Science and Engineering held its second annual Night of Engineering in the Octagon. The event brought together over 200 leading industry partners, researchers, academics, policymakers, and the public, for an evening of exploration, engagement, and celebration of Queen Mary's Faculty … [more]

An example of an organ-on-a-chip

Queen Mary team awarded £7 million grant to train next generation of organ-on-a-chip scientists and bioengineers

13 March 2024

A team of bioengineers led by Professor Hazel Screen have been awarded a £7 million grant to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Next Generation Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies. Queen Mary University of London is one of sixty-five universities chosen to receive funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences … [more]

CBC Spark presenter, Nora Young

Discussing Digital Twins: Dr Caroline Roney on CBC’s Spark radio show and podcast

13 March 2024

On an episode titled ‘Predicting problems before they happen’, Dr Caroline Roney spoke about her research into Digital Twins, in particular, how they can be used to help understand atrial fibrillation. “Essentially, [a digital twin is] a copy of a human organ, human tissue or cells or, … [more]

Dr Paul Balcombe

Queen Mary University of London researcher receives UKRI funding for methane monitoring project

13 March 2024

Dr Paul Balcombe has secured £750,000 in funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for his project on improving methane monitoring. Dr Balcombe, a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy at Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science, will lead the project titled '… [more]

Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou

SEMS lecturer, Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou, featured in Nanoscale 2024 Emerging Investigators issue

13 March 2024

Highlighting the innovative work of early-career researchers in nanoscience and nanotechnology, the latest issue of the Nanoscale journal presents SEMS Senior Lecturer in Materials Science, Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou’s latest paper on stretchable polymer nanocomposite strain sensors. The research, first-authored by doctoral student Oliver Tomes, introduces a pioneering model … [more]

The Queen Mary Aeronautical lab

Queen Mary joins €3 million project to develop advanced 3D printing for aerospace repairs

13 March 2024

Queen Mary University of London is spearheading a transformative initiative in additive manufacturing (AM). The DISTOPIA: DISTorting the Aerospace Manufacturing Boundaries: OPerational Integration of Autonomy on Titanium project is funded by Innovate UK under UK-EUREKA SMART advanced manufacturing programme. This collaborative effort, which includes industry leaders like EPOCH, AMRC, ION … [more]

Songwei Liu with Stephen Timms MP (c) John Deehan Photography and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

Students present at parliamentary 'STEM for Britain' event

12 March 2024

On Monday 4th March 2024, four SEMS PhD students, Laura Forster, Ziyu Guo, Songwei Liu and Francisco Ruben Parra-Perea, as well as research fellow Tim Hopkins, were invited to parliament to present their research to Ministers. The five researchers were all shortlisted as finalists in STEM for Britain 2024 – a major … [more]

Dr Richard Whiteley demonstrates the new Nano-inXider

Queen Mary scientists welcome new equipment in a major boost for materials analysis

11 March 2024

The Faculty of Science at Queen Mary University has acquired a new system allowing us to characterise advanced materials to a new level of detail. The installation of a new X-ray scattering system will enable teams from across the sciences to take these measurements in-house for the first time, instead … [more]

Emma's award

Queen Mary student wins 'Student of the Year' at UK space exploration conference

11 March 2024

Emma Nicolai, founder of the new student society, Queen Mary Students for Exploration and Development in Space society (QMSEDS), has had her leadership and initiative recognised by the national organisation, UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS). At their annual flagship event – the National Student Space … [more]

Diversifying the STEM curricula award-winning poster

Dr Rehan Shah and team win 'Best Innovation' Poster Award at QMUL Festival of Education

8 March 2024

Dr Rehan Shah, along with second-year undergraduate SEMS student Ms Ava Dahlia Belafonte were awarded the 'Best Innovation Prize' for their poster showcasing their scholarship research work on 'Making diversity count: empowering students to make STEM curricula more inclusive' at the QMUL Festival of Education 2024. Colleagues and festival attendees were … [more]

Chen Liu was presented with the award at the conference

Robotics student wins the Best Poster Presentation at the SoRo 2024

8 March 2024

Chen Liu, a final-year PhD student of the Robotic Systems Research group led by Dr Ketao Zhang, was awarded the Best Poster of the Medical Robot Conference, Conference of Mapping the Future of Soft Robotics for Healthcare (SoRo), in London on 26th and 27th February. Chen presented his recent work … [more]

Professor Hazel Screen

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Meet Professor Hazel Screen

8 March 2024

For International Women’s Day, we’re reflecting on some of the women in Engineering who have inspired us. Professor Hazel Screen is our first female Head of School, and also Director of the Organ on a Chip Network, Co-Director of the Centre for Predictive in vitro Models … [more]

Cover Article

Research featured as cover article in Advanced Science

6 March 2024

Congratulations to Pamela Swiatlowska and the rest of the team for having the latest article featured as cover article in Advanced Science. The research, Hypertension's Hidden Hand, which you can find out more about in a previous news story, looks at how arterial vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) play … [more]

Sarah Bailey and Zayna Ahmed won the Ecology Challenge at the Hackathon

SEMS students travel to Dubai to take part in Hackathon

1 March 2024

Two current students, and a recent graduate of the Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering (DICE) course were recently invited to Dubai to take part in Hackmasters’ Hackathon: Future of Regenerative Cities. Hosted by the Global Dev Slam and taking place at Dubai’s World Trade Centre, Future of … [more]


February 2024

Enrico Gigantino and his supervisor Dr Verbruggen, and Ava Dahlia Belafonte with her supervisor Dr Rehan Shah at the participation to the Posters in Parliament event.

Students from the Centre for Undergraduate Research present at the Posters in Parliament event

28 February 2024

Two highly talented undergraduate students engaged in research activities at the Queen Mary Centre of Undergraduate Research have presented their research findings at the prestigious Posters in Parliament event. This conference offers a platform for outstanding scholars in the UK to share their insights with a wider audience and highlights … [more]

Comparison between in-situ X-ray synchrotron imaging and multi-physics modelling results of direct energy deposition additive manufacturing

New discoveries to minimise deterioration of materials through Directed Energy Deposition published in Nature Communications.

26 February 2024

Directed Energy Deposition is a manufacturing process in which materials are melted and fused onto surfaces and into desired shapes, in a layer-by-layer process. It is often used in repairs, such as in the repair of damaged jet turbine blades, and in the automotive, marine, aerospace and biomedical fields. However, … [more]

Prof Ana Sobrido with Prof Nunez Coello, who supervised Ana's final year research project in 2004.

Prof Ana Sobrido Gives a Keynote Talk at the IIWPECE in Spain

19 February 2024

Prof Ana Sobrido gave a keynote talk on her group's research in 'Approaches to enhance photoelectrochemical performance of hematite towards the water oxidation reaction' at the II Workshop on Materials for Photocatalysis, Energy and Clean Environment (IIWPECE). This research has led to publications in Nanoscale (2021) and JACS (2023). The IIWPECE … [more]

British Conference for Undergraduate Research

Triple success with three SEMS student projects accepted for presentation at prestigious British Conference for Undergraduate Research

16 February 2024

Three SEMS undergraduate student research projects have been accepted for presentation at the prestigious UK-wide British Conference for Undergraduate Research, being hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE). The students who will be presenting at the conference are Barbaros Zeren and Yash Vaghela, both first year students supervised by … [more]

Hichem Taleb delivers a presentation as part of a two month internship at SEMS

New summer internships programme launched

14 February 2024

As part of a faculty-wide initiative to address systemic underrepresentation of UK BAME students at Postgraduate level, SEMS funded two BAME undergraduate student summer internships. The successful students took part in a variety of work, gaining a broad understanding of research skills and methods as well as academic and industry-based … [more]

Dr Wei Tan giving a talk at DTU

Dr Wei Tan presents latest research on Leading Edge Erosion of Wind Turbines at International Symposium

13 February 2024

Dr Wei Tan presented his research on 'Mechanics-guided material design for leading-edge erosion' during the 5th International Symposium at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Leading-edge erosion, caused by environmental factors such as rain, hail, and debris, poses a significant threat to the performance and reliability of wind turbine blades. … [more]

Yewande Akinola

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Ten Engineers you should know

10 February 2024

1. Yewande Akinola “Engineering is about finding solutions that improve people’s lives” Yewande Akinola is Innovation Lead at Laing O’Rourke and a television presenter. Her work focusses on sustainable water supplies, finding solutions for water sanitation in under-developed countries. She founded Global Emit Project, mentoring … [more]

Large lettering spelling 'QMUL' on the green outside the Queen's Building

School of Engineering and Materials Science celebrates league table success

8 February 2024

The School of Engineering and Materials Science is celebrating a number of achievements in university league tables for 2024, across a range of subjects. Key successes include ranking as: 4th in the UK for Materials Technology (Complete University Guide 2024). 1st in the UK for graduate prospects in Materials Technology (Complete University … [more]

MIT visitors and Ana Sobrido's team members involved in the Royal Society International Exchanges project enjoying a traditional pub meal.

Team from MIT visit SEMS for Royal Society International Exchange Project

2 February 2024

A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by Prof Brushett, recently visited Queen Mary for a two week period as part of an exchange project funded by The Royal Society. Running from 2022, and finishing this year, the project seeks to improve upon one of the performance-determining components of … [more]

Professor Tadachika Nakayama visits SEMS

Leading researcher from Japan's Department of Science and Technology Innovation visits Queen Mary

2 February 2024

Professor Tadachika Nakayama from the Government of Japan's Department of Science and Technology Innovation visited Queen Mary University of London on 3rd February. During his visit, he introduced his pioneering work on nano-pulsed high-energy-assisted processing. In an exciting exchange of knowledge, the group discussed ceramics processing, pooling of ferroelectrics, … [more]

Strategies to heal membranes after preterm rupture

Wellcome awards £1.8M funding to prevent preterm birth

1 February 2024

Climate change impact award Led by Prof Andrew Prendergast who is the Director of the Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research in Zimbabwe, the team have established clinical trials to promote healthy birth and growth. Funding by the Wellcome Climate Impact Award will support a transdisciplinary team of … [more]

Students present their CubeSat projects

Aerospace students accepted onto European Space Agency workshop residency

1 February 2024

Almost half of the Aerospace MEng Project Group - three of seven - have been accepted into the European Space Agency's (ESA) CubeSat Concurrent Engineering Workshop. The four-day workshop takes place between 20th and 23rd February at the ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium, … [more]


January 2024

Prof Joe Briscoe and Ana Karen Zitter at Lightsource BP's London HQ

Professor Joe Briscoe gives talk at Lightsource BP on perovskite solar cells

31 January 2024

Professor Joe Briscoe was invited to give a talk at Lightsource BP - a global leader in solar development, management and operations - to give his perspective on the exciting and fast-moving area of perovskite solar cells. Prof Briscoe gave an overview of the fundamentals, potential advantages, applications and challenges … [more]

Navjot Sawhney in India

The aerospace alumnus proving that engineers can change the world

26 January 2024

Navjot Sawhney graduated from Queen Mary in 2013 with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering. Since leaving the university, he has founded The Washing Machine Project, a social enterprise dedicated to designing and distributing manual hand-cranked washing machines to displaced and low-income people around the world. After taking on a graduate role … [more]

The QMCUR Team at the inaugural event

Inaugural Event of the Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research

25 January 2024

We are delighted to announce the successful hosting of the inaugural event of the Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research (QMCUR) at Queen Mary University of London in the Octagon on January 24th. The event garnered attendance from both staff and students, who were thoroughly impressed by the insightful presentations … [more]

Dr Michael Thielke (QMUL) presented his work on sustainable electrodes for flow batteries.

Queen Mary Hosts Workshop on Redox Flow Batteries

25 January 2024

QMUL held a workshop on Redox Flow Batteries, a key player in the transition to a sustainable and net zero future for energy technologies. The event was hosted by Prof Ana Sobrido and her team. Dr Mauricio Murillo took the lead for the organisation of the space, talks, poster presentations … [more]

Sarah Bailey receives the Tata Varsity Pitch award

Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering student wins Tata pitch competition

25 January 2024

A company founded by a Queen Mary Design, Innovation and Creative Engineering student has won NACUE's Tata Varsity Pitch Competition – a prestigious award which aims to support innovative, competitive and socially beneficial ideas and inventions. Sarah Bailey’s start-up, Even, makes affordable period underwear for refugees. Designed … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah invited as keynote speaker to the University of Kent

24 January 2024

Dr Rehan Shah was specially invited to deliver a reflective teaching workshop on inclusive teaching to academic colleagues from the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Kent. This was the second event in a series of workshops organised by the Student Success Central Team at … [more]

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SEMS students' research paper accepted for presentation at undergraduate mathematics conference

23 January 2024

Two first year SEMS undergraduate students, Mr Barbaros Zeren and Mr Yash Vaghela, supervised by Dr Rehan Shah, have had their research project paper accepted for presentation at the Institute of Mathematics' (IMA) Tomorrow's Mathematicians Today (TMT) undergraduate mathematics conference, being hosted by the University of Greenwich. Their project, … [more]

Dr Chris from Operation Ouch!

Q&A with Professor Hazel Screen: From bones to organ-chips on Operation Ouch!

19 January 2024

Professor Hazel Screen of the School of Engineering and Materials Science recently took on a new challenge: explaining the fascinating world of organ-chip technology to the young audience of Operation Ouch! In this Q&A, we delve into Professor Screen's research, her experience on the show and why … [more]

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Engineers Celebrate Athena Swan Success

18 January 2024

Gender equality recognised by Athena Swan Bronze Award First recognised in 2010, the School has now had this award conferred for another five years until 2029, where the conditions were met "directly and fully". The Athena Swan Charter works across the globe to support and transform gender equality in Higher … [more]

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Five research projects funded as part of Queen Mary partnership with Cornell University

11 January 2024

Five research projects that bring together academics from Queen Mary University of London and Cornell University will receive seed funding. Academics from both institutions were invited to work together to submit proposals in August 2023 through the Global Strategic Collaboration Awards. Today we have announced that five proposals will be funded … [more]

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The Scotsman newspaper publishes cautiously optimistic view by Dr Avital and the Hyperlink student team, in its article on Hyperloop technology

10 January 2024

Following the closure of the startup Hyperloop One in December 2023, The Scotsman newspaper looked at the future possibility of using Hyperloop technology to connect Edinburgh with London. While the University of Edinburgh’s team expressed optimism, other UK academics expressed pessimism, pointing to the high cost of the technology. … [more]

Dr Rehan Shah

Dr Rehan Shah awarded LMS grant for workshop on threshold concepts in undergraduate mathematics teaching

8 January 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has been awarded a Teaching and Learning in Higher Education grant by the London Mathematical Society (LMS) for organising a one-day workshop on identifying and recognising the implications of threshold concepts in the teaching of undergraduate mathematics. As part of this initiative, Dr Shah will organise an … [more]

Model of hypertensive pressure dependent VSMC foam cell formation

Hypertension's hidden hand: pressure-driven foam cell formation revealed as key driver of arterial disease, paving the way for new therapies

3 January 2024

A new study in Advanced Science unlocks the secrets of how high blood pressure (hypertension) fuels the progression of arterial disease. Led by Professor Thomas Iskratsch, Professor of Cardiovascular Mechanobiology & Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London, the research team exposes a novel mechanism by which elevated pressure transforms … [more]