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May 2019

Technology to capture energy from sea waves awarded funding

24 May 2019

A team from Queen Mary has been awarded funding to develop technology to capture energy from waves at sea. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) will grant £461,345 to the team from the School of Engineering and Materials Science to develop an adaptive hierarchical model predictive control framework for wave energy converters (WECs). ... [more]

Funding awarded to develop kidney-on-a-chip for animal free drug testing

14 May 2019

A Queen Mary researcher has been awarded funding to develop artificial kidneys, known as kidney-on-a-chip, to avoid testing drugs on animals. Dr Julien Gautrot, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, was awarded the £50,000 grant from The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (... [more]

Synthetic bone graft research gets stamp of approval

2 May 2019

The pioneering work of a Queen Mary researcher has been celebrated with a stamp as part of a new series launched by Royal Mail. The six stamp set, launched today, marks innovations in British engineering from the last 50 years including the development of a synthetic bone graft by Dr Karin ... [more]

SEMS Research Project Wins National Award

2 May 2019

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has awarded the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between LMK Thermosafe Ltd and QMUL their UK Engineering Excellence Award. The KTP associate, Dr Harshit Porwal, who now works for Thermosafe as a Business Unit Manager was presented with the prize at the Best of the Best ... [more]

Huge Grant Win for QMUL in Transport Engineering

2 May 2019

The Department of Education and other funding partners have together pledged a significant grant to QMUL and our partner Newham College to establish the London Institute of Transport Technology in East London’s historic Royal Docks. A total of 12 Institutes of Technology (IOTs) will be established with total funding of ... [more]


April 2019

Prof Alan Thomas (1927 – 2019)

23 April 2019

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Prof Alan Thomas (1927 – 2019). Prof Thomas was one of the world’s leading rubber physicists. His career started as a Physics graduate from Brasenose College at Oxford University from where he moved into a position working for the British Rubber ... [more]

New approach to repair fetal membranes may prevent birth complications

23 April 2019

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and University College London have developed a new approach to repair defects in fetal membranes which could prevent life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth. The integrity of the fetal membranes that surrounds the baby in the womb during pregnancy is ... [more]

First report of cell surface charge mapping with a photoelectrochemical imaging system appears in Analytical Chemistry

15 April 2019

Fan's and Bo's paper on the photoelectrochemical imaging of cell surface charges has been been accepted by Analytical Chemistry. Photoanodic currents at indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass immersed in an electrolyte solution were shown to be sensitive to surface charge, pH and impedance. Our laser scanning setup allows photoelectrochemical ... [more]

KTP Project in SEMS Shortlisted for Award

10 April 2019

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has announced that the recently completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between LMK Thermosafe Ltd and QMUL has been shortlisted for their Exceptional Engineering Excellence Award. The research associate during the KTP was Dr Harshit Porwal, who now works for the company as a Business Unit ... [more]

QM hosts Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network meeting

9 April 2019

Queen Mary hosted the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network for a special Learning and Collaborative Event. The network has over 450 members from 50+ academic institutions with over 50 partners from industry and other stake holders. The network event included a programme of research talks, discussion groups, industry demonstrations and special training sessions on ... [more]

SEMS researchers demonstrate targeted drug delivery at TeenTech London

3 April 2019

SEMS researchers demonstrated a working model of drug delivery using magnetic nanoparticles at a TeenTech event in The Emirates Stadium. The event was attended by several hundred of school children who had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities. SEMS researchers used a mock circulatory system to demonstrate how drugs ... [more]

Norlaily's paper about collagenase sensor accepted

2 April 2019

Our paper entitled 'Collagenase Biosensor Based on the Degradation of Peptide Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Films' written by Norlaily Ahmad, Burcu Colak, De-Wen Zhang, Michael Watkinson, Remzi Becer, Julien Gautrot and Steffi Krause has been published in Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1677; doi:10.3390/s19071677. Peptide cross-linked hydrogels were deposited on gold coated, piezoelectric ... [more]


March 2019

Exercise helps prevent cartilage damage caused by arthritis

27 March 2019

Exercise helps to prevent the degradation of cartilage caused by osteoarthritis, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. The researchers show for the first time how mechanical forces experienced by cells in joints during exercise prevent cartilage degradation by suppressing the action of inflammatory molecules which ... [more]

New research identifies optimal ventilation protocol for premature babies

26 March 2019

A new paper from Prof Martin Knight's group examines the use of two different methods of providing mechanical ventilation to premature babies. The study led by Prof Anne Greenough and colleagues at King's College London, explores the effect of lung inflation volume on inflammation within the alveolar epithelial cells. The ... [more]

Scientists squeeze catalysts inside host materials like a ship into a bottle

22 March 2019

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have found a way to place catalysts inside the tiniest pores of different host materials, a bit like when model ships are unfolded inside a bottle. When materials are confined like this on such a small scale, and without breaking the host, they ... [more]

3rd Year Project Poster Winners Announced

14 March 2019

The Spring Industrial Liaison Forum played host to the 3rd year project student poster showcase. This year two winners were selected from the 300+ posters that were submitted. These were from Fatou CHANG for her poster on "Solar drier for agricultural food preservation in developing countries" who is supervised by Henri ... [more]

Industrial Liaison Forum

13 March 2019

The School of Engineering and Materials Science hosted a very successful Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) on Wednesday 13th March 2019 and attracted about 100 visitors throughout the day. The focus was on our Taught Programme Student Projects with more than 100 of our students having the opportunity to discuss their projects with each ... [more]

Bike Design Team Wins Top Prize

13 March 2019

A team of 4th year students: Arya LI, Bijoy DAS, Lydia DENTON & Yue MENG, who have been working on project to design a totally new road bike have won the top prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum. The students, supervised by Dr. Emiliano Bilotti and Dr. Han Zhang, presented their ... [more]

Moresche Bartley wins the best MSc student Poster Award

13 March 2019

Moresche Bartley won the best MSc student prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum in SEMS for her poster called, "An in vitro study of myocyte and fibroblast co-culture response to degraded Mg alloy". Her project is being supervised by Prof. Liz Tanner [more]

SEMS PhD student takes his research to Parliament

13 March 2019

PhD student Thibault Degousée presented his results at the STEM For Britain event in the Palace of Westminster. Thibault's work examines the possibility of generating electricity from waste heat using thermoelectric polymers. This event aims to present “ground-breaking” and frontier UK research and R&D to Members of both ... [more]

Successful PhD examination

11 March 2019

Pavanakumar Mohanamuraly successfully defended his thesis on "Fast Adjoint-assisted Multilevel Multifidelity Method for Uncertainty Quantification of the Aleatoric Kind" His work uses Monte-Carlo methods to compute the effect of uncertainties due to manufacturing. Current methods work well for up to handful of uncertain parameters, but their computation cost increases dramatically ... [more]

Abhishek's PhD Success

7 March 2019

Abhishek Chintagunta successfully passed his PhD viva on the thesis entitled "CABARET Schemes for improved  wave propagation and viscous flow modelling".

Paper published in Optimization Methods and Software

5 March 2019

The paper by P. Mohanamuraly (QMUL), L. Hascoet (INRIA, France) and J.-D. Mueller (QMUL) on Seeding and adjoining zero-halo partitioned parallel scientific codes has been accepted for publication. The paper resolves the important issue of how to initialise the computation of a gradient with modern Automatic Differentiation software tools ... [more]

Giant ‘nerve cell’ science education centre lands in London’s East End

4 March 2019

‘Neuron Pod’ - a striking 23-metre long and 10-metre high free-standing structure – has opened its doors as an informal science learning centre at Queen Mary University of London’s Whitechapel campus. The launch was marked by a visit from children from Christ Church Primary School, Brick Lane, who took part ... [more]


February 2019

Norlaily Ahmad passes her PhD viva

28 February 2019

Congratulations to Norlaily Ahmad who passed her PhD viva today. Norlaily's thesis title is "Biosensor for matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) based on peptide-linked polymers". She was supervised by Steffi Krause and Remzi Becer and also had significant input from Julien Gautrot and Michael Watkinson. She presented her work at two international ... [more]

Participation with the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency's Expert Group on Multi-physics Experimental Data, Benchmarks and Validation

18 February 2019

Dr Andrew Buchan is a member of the OECD-NEA Expert Group on Multi-physics Experimental Data, Benchmarks and Validation (EGMPEBV). He attends the meetings in Paris where the aim is to guide member countries on certifying experimental data of nuclear facilities for use as benchmarks for validating next generation multi-physics codes. [more]

Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship Awarded

16 February 2019

Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (Euro 225K) is awarded on the project "Hierarchical optimal energy management of electric vehicles". It has been widely recognized that vehicle electrification provides a potential way for the EU to move towards a more decarbonized transport system and sustainable circular economy. The overarching objective of this project ... [more]

EUR225K Grant Funding Success

12 February 2019

The EU has agreed provide EUR225,000 to fund the KAFKA project: "Efficient Computational Methods for Active Flow Control Using Adjoint Sensitivities" Active flow control aims to change the character of the flow by suction, blowing or pulsating jets. Such jets may e.g. be able to replace bulky car spoilers ... [more]


January 2019

Jens-Dominik Mueller presents at the Sorbonne

24 January 2019

Dr. Jens-Dominik Mueller gave an invited presentation on "Shape optimisation using AD of complete CFD workflows, including CAD geometry" at the "Algorithmic Differentiation Workshop" organised by the Institut du Physique du Globe of the Sorbonne University, Paris. [more]

Feng Yang passes her PhD

21 January 2019

Dr Feng Yang has successfully completed her corrections having defended her PhD thesis entitled "The Synergistic effect of Bone Graft Substitute Architecture and Mechanical Environment on hMSCs Responses in vitro". Her research on the development of 3D bioreactors to facilitate in vitro investigation of bone graft substitute bioactivity demonstrated the ... [more]

Properties of ‘wonder material’ graphene change in humid conditions

21 January 2019

Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London. The ‘wonder material’, which is made from carbon and was discovered in 2004, is hailed for many of its extraordinary characteristics including being stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, light, flexible and transparent. ... [more]

Airbus funds PhD project on shape optimisation of winglets

11 January 2019

Airbus UK is a partner for a 3.5y CASE studentship with J.-D. Mueller's fluid optimisation group. The PhD project for Gordon Lindsay will apply our CAD-based gradient-enabled shape parametrisation tools to perform multi-disciplinary shape optimisation of winglets. [more]

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