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December 2012

Sebastian Linke successfully defends PhD thesis

31 December 2012

Congratulations to Sebastian Linke was awarded his PhD “Laser scanning system for microscopic and macroscopic investigations of chemical semiconductor sensors”. Sebastian was supervised by Dr Steffi Krause.

Sandra Ciampone successfully defends PhD Thesis

31 December 2012

Congratulations to Sandra Ciampone who was awarded her PhD “Methods for Seated Posture Recognition”. Sandra was supervised by Dr Peter Dabnichki.

Xin Bai's publication selected as Best Paper at the 6th International Conference on Energy and Development, Environment and Biomedicine (EDEB'12)

7 December 2012

Congratulations to Xin Bai whose paper titled ‘Numerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent Flow' was selected as Best Paper at the 6th International Conference on Energy & Development, Environment & Biomedicine (EDEB'12). The results of the best paper awards are available on the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and ... [more]

Angelo Karunaratne successfully defends his PhD thesis

7 December 2012

Congratulations to Angelo Karunaratne who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Analysis of Alterations in Matrix Quality at the Nanoscale in Metabolic Bone Diseases using Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction”. Angelo was supervised by Dr Himadri S. Gupta (SEMS) and Dr. Nick Terrill (Diamond Light Source, Harwell). At present, he has taken up ... [more]

Kartpan Sakulkaew successfully defends his PhD

7 December 2012

Congratulations to Kartpan Sakulkaew who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Tearing of Rubber”. Kartpan was supervised by James Busfield and helped by Alan Thomas and Yoshi Fukahori. Kartpan will return back to Thailand to work for the Department of Science Service to run the National Thai Rubber Research Laboratory, managing ... [more]

SEMS Research Students Win Silver in Dragon’s Den for High-Tech Companies

3 December 2012

The Ad-Opt team of PhD students in the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London have won second place and a cash prize of £2000. The ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition encourages entrepreneurship to find new start-up companies in the technology sector. The Ad-Opt team impressed the ... [more]


November 2012

Ghazaleh Hosseini's paper selected for WCECS Best Student Paper Award of International Conference on Computational Biology 2012

27 November 2012

Congratulations to Ghazaleh Hosseini whose paper titled 'Computational Simulation of the Urinary System' has been selected as the Best Student Paper Award of International Conference on Computational Biology 2012. The International Association of Engineers organizes the Best Student Paper Award for the WCECS conference. The candidate papers are judged on originality, ... [more]

Priyanka Pravincumar successfully defends PhD thesis

15 November 2012

Congratulations to Priyanka Pravincumar who successfully defended her PhD thesis “Viscoelastic Response of Cells and the Role of Actin Cytoskeletal Remodelling”. Priyanka was supervised by Professor Martin Knight.

Jerome Irianto successfully defends PhD thesis

15 November 2012

Congratulations to Jerome Irianto who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Osmotic Challenge Influences Nuclear Structure and Gene Expression in Chondrocytes”. Jerome was supervised by Dr Prof David Lee.

Hassan Ali successfully defends PhD thesis

15 November 2012

Congratulations to Hassan Ali who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Marangoni condensation of steam-ethanol mixtures on horizontal smooth, low finned tubes and bank of tubes”. Hassan was supervised by Dr Hua Sheng Wang. [more]

Faidon Christakopoulos successfully defends PhD Thesis

5 November 2012

Dr. Faidon Christakopoulos passed his PhD viva on "Aerodynamic shape optimisation using adjoint sensitivities" under the supervision of Dr. Jens-Dominik Mueller. The work was financed by the EU under the FlowHead project. Congratulations! [more]


October 2012

Secret Universe: The hidden life of the cell

23 October 2012

The BBC released a documentary exploring the inner world of the human cellular structure within the world of a single cell. The animations include graphics from XVIVO and hot of the press research activities on infection from scientists at the Medical Research Council. The topics on cell structure and function ... [more]

Shape of Urine Can Indicate Prostate Problems

19 October 2012

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that the characteristic shape of a man's urine stream could be used to help diagnose urinary problems. The research, published in PLOS One today (16 October) is the first study to analyse the specific pattern a man's urine makes and whether it ... [more]

Queen Mary 21st in the UK and in Global top 150

4 October 2012

Queen Mary, University of London has been named among the top 150 universities in the world by the influential magazine Times Higher Education. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012-13 place Queen Mary in 145th place globally, and 21st in the UK, with a higher overall score than last ... [more]

Warning over shortage of engineering graduates

2 October 2012

Hannah Richardson from the BBC News education reports the UK needs to increase by as much as 50% the number of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) graduates it is creating, a report says. The study, by the Royal Academy of Engineering, says 100,000 Stem graduates are needed a year just to ... [more]


September 2012

National Student Survey results 2012: Materials #1, Aero #6, Excellent Overall satisfaction

27 September 2012

Student satisfaction in Materials tops London Russell Group Universities and is number 1 in UK for the second year running. Student satisfaction in SEMS is now ranked at excellent according to a nationwide survey of final year students. The 2012 National Student Survey questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student ... [more]

Summer placement students from Xiamen University

24 September 2012

The school of Engineering and Materials Science is developing new research and trenching links with Xiamen University in China. During the summer we hosted undergraduate students Shuai Dang, Qianxue Wang and Feng Xiong (from left to right). This is the first of what will be long term bilateral exchanges between ... [more]

Visitors from China Link Universities

18 September 2012

The School of Engineeering and Materials Science is developing strong research and teaching links with several top universities. To strengthen those links Prof Junyou Yang (2nd from left), Huazhong University, Wuhan (HUST), Prof Zhoaxian Xiong (4th from left), Xiamen University and Prof Dou Zhang (5th from left), Central South University, ... [more]

A world class jet engine multi-purpose simulation test bench in SEMS

14 September 2012

Price Induction is a new engine manufacturer which has developed an innovative and lightweight turbofan, the DGEN 380. This high by-pass ratio turbofan has been designed to equip 4-5 seat travel planes also known as “Personal Light Jets”. The WESTT CS/BV simulation test bench is based on the real test ... [more]


August 2012

Harry Hothi successfully defends PhD thesis

14 August 2012

Congratulations to Harry Hothi who successfully defended his PhD thesis “The Impact and Deformation of Press-Fit Metal Acetabular Components”. Harry's project was supported by DePuys, supervised by Julia Shelton and James Busfield and provided a possible explanation as to why some hip replacements are failing in patients. Harry's now working ... [more]


July 2012

Hong Chang successfully defends PhD thesis

12 July 2012

Congratulations to Hong Chang who successfully defended her PhD thesis “Study of an in situ protein membrane in a Microfluidics System”. Hong was supervised by Prof Pankaj Vadgama and Dr Steve Dunn.

Dickson Aleroh successfully defends PhD thesis

5 July 2012

Congratulations to Dickson Aleroh who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Synthesis and Optoelectronic Characterisation of Low Band Gap Semiconducting Polymers”. Dickson was supervised by Dr Martin Heeney and Dr Steve Dunn. [more]


June 2012

Anton Pavlov successfully defends PhD thesis

26 June 2012

Congratulations to Anton Pavlov who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Multilayer Microcapsules for Delivery, Control and Triggered Release of Bioactive Compounds”. Anton was supervised by Professor Gleb Sukhorukov. [more]

Biomaterials teach stem cells how to behave

12 June 2012

Stem cells learn a lot about how they should behave from their micro-environment, the very intimate set of biochemical, chemical and physical factors that they are most directly exposed to. Re-constructing such micro-environment in vitro is an important challenge in the field of regenerative medicine. Researchers at QMUL (School of ... [more]


May 2012

PICS funded by NHS Innovations London

30 May 2012

A QMUL and Barts Health team led by Professor Theodosios Alexander has been awarded £69k for the next phase of development of PICS, a novel mechanical circulatory support device. The device is one of two such separate devices that the QMUL team is developing in collaboration with Professor Rothman of ... [more]

NIHR awards £900k for the development of TURBOCARDIA

30 May 2012

A QMUL and Barts Health team led by Professor Theodosios Alexander has been awarded about £900k for the development of TURBOCARDIA, a novel mechanical circulatory support device. The device is one of two such separate devices that the QMUL team is developing in collaboration with Professor Rothman of Barts Health. ... [more]

David Lowe successfully defended his PhD thesis

29 May 2012

Congratulations to David Lowe who successfully defended hid PhD thesis "Natural Rubber / Organoclay Nanocomposites". David's project was supervised by Dr James Busfield at QM and Andy Chapman at TARRC his sponsors. After the viva the examiners commented that the thesis was a great pleasure to read and that the candidate ... [more]

Winners of the Dr Ahmed Elsaify Memorial Award

21 May 2012

Dr Anna-Maria Spehar-Deleze and Dr Salzitsa Anastasova won 1st prize at the 9th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (9-12 May 2012, London). The Dr Ahmed Elsaify Memorial Award was awarded for the best paper and oral presentation. The presented work was part of an EPSRC program grant ... [more]

Jens Mueller Receives an EC ITN grant

21 May 2012

Jens Mueller has been successful in securing a 4-year EC ITN project called \"About Flow\", \"Adjoint-based optimisation of industrial and unsteady flows\", working with partners including ENGYS UK, Rolls Royce DE and Volkswagen AG. Overall funding is 3-3.5M EUR to the international project consortium. At Queen Mary, 3 PhD studentships ... [more]

Doris Wong successfully defends PhD thesis

18 May 2012

Congratulations to Doris Wong who last week successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Toughening of Carbon Fibre Epoxy Composites using Dissolvable Fibres”. Doris has been with us for many years, first as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Materials and later as a PhD student in the School. Doris ... [more]

Afshin Anssari-Benam successfully defends PhD thesis

11 May 2012

Congratulations to Afshin Anssari-Benam who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Structure-Function Relationships in the Aortic Valve”. Afshin was supervised by Dr Hazel Screen and will now take on a post-doc project based in UCL. [more]

New funding for Graphene Nanocomposite research

9 May 2012

The NanoSynth project will develop a synthesis platform to deliver industrial quantities of graphene-filled epoxy resins for high performance applications. This will have a significant effect in a wide range of markets where improvements are needed in strength, stiffness, toughness, electrical conductivity and thermal performance of epoxies. NanoSynth will develop ... [more]


April 2012

Anna Sadowska successfully defends PhD thesis

23 April 2012

Congratulations to Anna Sadowska who submitted within 3.5 years and this week successfully defended her PhD thesis “Formation control of nonholonomic mobile robots: the virtual structure approach”. Anna was supervised by Dr Henri Huijberts and her PhD research has led to 3 publications with another two in preparation. In mid-June Anna will ... [more]

Zahra Khozaee successfully defends PhD thesis

23 April 2012

Congratulations to Zahra Khozaee who successfully defended her PhD thesis “Studies on organic/inorganic nanocomposites of lead sulphide quantum dots in solution processed phythalocyanine films”. Zahra was supervised by Professor Asim Ray. [more]

Marc-Krystelle Mafina successfully defends PhD thesis

21 April 2012

Congratulations to Marc-Krystelle Mafina who this week successfully defended her PhD thesis “Development of Novel Fluorescent Probes to Monitor and Evaluate the Effect of Silicon Substitution on Protein Adsorption/Desorption to Hydroxyapatite ”. Krystelle was supervised by Dr Karin Hing. [more]

Harish Patel successfully defends PhD thesis

19 April 2012

Congratulations to Harish Patel who this week successfully defended his PhD thesis “Hemp Fibre Reinforced Sheet Moulding Compounds”. Harish was supervised by Prof Ton Peijs and has been working on the development and characterization of a novel natural fibre based composite material for the building industry. The project ran in ... [more]


March 2012

Matthew Royle successfully defends PhD thesis

23 March 2012

Congratulations to Matthew Royle who successfully defended his PhD thesis “Influence of coatings on ion release from large diameter metal-on-metal hip bearings”. Matt was supervised by Professor Julia Shelton.

Project Prize Winners from Industrial Liaison Forum

13 March 2012

At the recent Industrial Liaison Forum more than 125 of our 3rd and 4th year students presented their project work. Congratulations to Ellahe-Naz Farhangia who was awarded the best Fourth Year Project for "Armour Aluminium Alloys: Structure, Property & Ballistic Protection Correlations" and to the Solar Flare Team who were awarded the ... [more]

Co-Winners of the best Third Year Projects Prize

13 March 2012

At the recent Industrial Liaison Forum more than 125 of our 3rd and 4th year students presented their project work. Congratulations to Oliver Angell and Adaeze Iheobi who were joint winners for the best Third Year Projects. Oliver looked at “Reducing Induced Drag Using Novel Wing Tip Devices” while Adaeze focused ... [more]

Industrial Liaison Forum February 10, 2012

12 March 2012

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Friday February 10th in the Octagon. The focus of this semester’s event was on welcoming back Queen Mary alumni and on celebrating industrial project collaboration. The event was a great success with over fifty visitors attending and was broken up into ... [more]

Elnaz Feizi successfully defends PhD thesis

9 March 2012

Congratulations to Elnaz Feizi who successfully defended her PhD thesis “Study of improved design and physical properties of 12CaO.7AI2O3 thin films”. Elnaz was supervised by Professor Asim Ray.


February 2012

Elfstedentocht Speed-skating Event

16 February 2012

Professor Ton Peijs has proposed that, when areas of ice are not thick enough to meet the requirements of a speed-skating competition in the Netherlands, the organisers could lay out newspaper then pour water on top and allow it to freeze. Ice must be 15cm thick across the whole course ... [more]

Undergrad student project focused Industrial Liaison Forum attracts the most participants ever

9 February 2012

The industrial liaison forum (ILF) which will take place in the Octagon on Friday 10th February has just attracted its 60th external registrant. This means that it now has a larger contingent of external visitors than any previous SEMS ILF. At the event more than 125 of our 3rd and 4th ... [more]


January 2012

Professor Pankaj Vadgama quoted in Times article: "Soon all our health will be gold standard"

24 January 2012

An article on devices that are designed to help athletes win medals at the Olympics focuses on how the same technology will also benefit the wider public. Professor Pankaj Vadgama, director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials at QM, comments on one of the “more sci-fi gadgets”- ... [more]

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