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December 2014

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Give a Sock for Christmas! Almost £300 raised so far

15 December 2014

Alvaro Mata's research team would like to thank all of the generous people that made cakes or donations and also to everybody who came to buy cakes. Around £130 was raised! Adding this to the existing proceeds from the Salsa class, brings the total raised for Whitechapel Mission to almost £300! This … [more]

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SEMS announce: £5million to create new labs

11 December 2014

Queen Mary has been awarded the maximum allocation of £5million of new funding by the government in order to create two new facilities on our Mile End campus. The funding will be matched by QMUL and will provide new teaching spaces with a capacity of over 100 students. The investment will … [more]

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Cake Sale on Wednesday in Library Square at 12:30

9 December 2014

Join Dr Alvaro Mata, his team of researchers and the Engineering Society for a cake sale tomorrow! All proceeds go to the Whitechapel Mission which helps homeless people in London. Wednesday 10th December, Library Square, 12:30 - 2:30. [more]

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Salsa class success as part of Give a Sock for Christmas

9 December 2014

The Salsa class taught by Dr Alvaro Mata was a great success and £157 was raised for Whitechapel Mission. Thank you to all of those who came along, donated and learned some new moves! The fundraisers would like to increase this total even further with their upcoming cake sale. This will … [more]

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SEMS' staff pass their PhD vivas

1 December 2014

Well done to Paula Ruiz and Tomas Lukas, who both passed their PhD vivas in recent weeks. Paula and Tomas have both worked as Teaching Assistants at SEMS with Paula returning for a second year to work as a Senior Teaching Assistant, much to the relief of many academic staff! … [more]

November 2014

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Salsa class with Dr Alvaro Mata - book now!

25 November 2014

Dr Alvaro Mata will be teaching a salsa class in aid of Whitechapel Mission which supports homeless people in the local area on Thursday 4th December 6:30 - 8:30pm. Places are limited and priced at £5. Book a place through either Karla ( or Kseniya (k.shuturminska@… [more]

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Give a Sock for Christmas!

24 November 2014

QMUL's Engineering Society and SEMS-based researchers are raising money for charity. Please help Dr Alvaro Mata's research group and the Eng Soc as they organise a collection in aid of the Whitechapel Mission. The Whitechapel Mission helps homeless people to stay warm during the cold winter months. To raise some … [more]

Dr Lin Qiu has successfully passed her PhD examination.

More PhD success at SEMS

20 November 2014

Congratulations to Dr Lin Qiu and Dr Xiaotian Yu, two of Prof Wen Wang's students, who have both passed their PhD vivas successfully. Lin passed her PhD examination on Friday, 7th of November and worked with Professors Wen Wang, Ton Peijs and Cees Bastiaansen on her PhD project entitled 'Interaction … [more]

Congratulations to Kseniya Shuturminska (l) and Samantha A. Gabriel (r) who were finalists for awards at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining annual dinner .

SEMS student crowned as 'the best UK university graduate' in the field of polymers

17 November 2014

Congratulations to Samantha A. Gabriel for winning the R H Craven award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) at the annual Institute dinner on 11th November 2014. The award is given to the best graduate with excellence in polymer materials. Samantha, who graduated with MEng in Medical Materials … [more]

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Industrial Liaison Forum success

17 November 2014

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Thursday October 23rd in the Octagon. The event was a great success with over sixty industrialists from over forty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by the … [more]

October 2014

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SEMS student awarded Best Poster prize at the UK’s largest ever Medical Engineering and Bioengineering Conference

20 October 2014

Karla E. Inostroza Brito, PhD student in the research group of Dr Alvaro Mata, received the Smith & Nephew Prize for Best Poster presentation at the Medical Engineering Centres Annual Meeting and Bioengineering Conference at Imperial College London (10-11 September 2014). Her poster, entitled “Co-assembly, spatio-temporal control, and morphogenesis of a peptide/… [more]

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Scientist at SEMS helps to identify potential cause for 40 per cent of pre-term births

16 October 2014

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and UCL (University College London) have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM), which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide. The researchers, whose work was … [more]

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Tower Hamlets student bursary scheme launches for 2014/15

8 October 2014

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has offered its support for a council awards scheme aimed at helping young people in Tower Hamlets achieve their potential through higher education. The Mayor’s Higher Education Award is a ground-breaking scheme run by Tower Hamlets Council, which aims to ease the cost … [more]

September 2014

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QMUL in top 100 universities worldwide

23 September 2014

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in the latest edition of the respected QS World University Rankings (Tuesday 16 September). QMUL has risen almost 50 places in the last two years, and is now listed at 98th position globally. Principal and President … [more]

From L to R: Sir Nicholas Montagu, Chairman of the Council of QMUL, with Professor Wen Wang and Professor Cui from University of Oxford (past-President of the Society).

Success for the UK Chinese Life Science Society

15 September 2014

On Saturday 30 August, QMUL held the 20th annual meeting of the UK Chinese Life Science Society, led by the incumbent Society President, Professor Wen Wang (QMUL Dean for Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering). Around 75 delegates from HEIs across the UK attended a day of talks including keynote speeches from … [more]

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SEMS Student beats over 500 others to win poster competition

11 September 2014

Mahentha Krishnamoorthy received the Poster Presentation Award at the 26th Annual conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) 2014, in Liverpool. Her poster was selected to be one of four winners out of 530 research posters. This poster entitled "Characterisation of DNA interactions with Cationic Polymer brush", presented part of her … [more]

August 2014

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SEMS' degree programmes are the best in London!

13 August 2014

Aerospace Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London are ranked in the top five in London for student satisfaction, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates. The 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, … [more]

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Where is a PhD? Dr Danielle DeVilliers

12 August 2014

Eight years ago, Danielle first arrived at Queen Mary University of London and since then, she has been awarded both a first class undergraduate degree and a PhD. Danielle’s thesis “Accelerated wear protocols for understanding clinical wear in modern hip prostheses” was sponsored by Corin. The work formed part … [more]

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Congratulations to Viviana Castagna

6 August 2014

Well done to Viviana Castagna who passed her PhD last week. Viviana successfully defended her thesis which was entitled "Investigation of Protein Mediated Control of Osteoinductivity in Porous Bone Graft Substitutes using Fluorescent Probes." Viviana's PhD looked into the mechanisms of biomaterials in improving the bone regeneration process. She specifically … [more]

July 2014

Elena di Mascio pictured with The Bionic Man

Funding obtained to bring the Bionic Man to a wider audience

23 July 2014

The Bionic Man has had great success as a Bioengineering Outreach activity for young audiences, but it will now be opened up to a new audience: Older Adults. Opening up the activity to a wider audience will allow SEMS to interact with a group that has knowledge and experience which … [more]

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Dr Clare Thompson wins the F1000 prize

23 July 2014

Dr Clare Thompson has won the F1000 prize for her poster at the AO foundation meeting ‘Cartilage & Disc: Repair and Regeneration’. The poster entitled ‘Lithium chloride triggers primary cilia elongation and inhibits hedgehog signalling in articular chondrocytes’ examined the effects of lithium, a drug commonly used for the treatment of … [more]

A slightly blurry picture of Adam (r) collecting his prize!

SEMS PhD student wins Best Student Presentation

16 July 2014

Congratulations go to Adam Marinovic, who is supervised by Dr Magda Titirici, for fighting off stiff competition and winning the Korean Carbon Society prize of Best Student Presentation, plus $500, at the World Conference on Carbon in Jeju, Korea. The title of the talk was "Biomass-derived Fluorescent Carbon Quantum Dots as … [more]

An artist's impression of the exhibit.

PauseInMotion: Engineering meets art

15 July 2014

Smart materials are going to be displayed in a novel exhibition. Dr Federico Carpi has obtained funding for his project entitled "PauseInMotion" which takes inspiration from nature and will use smart materials to mimic the resting dynamics of migrating butterflies, which travel long distances and rest together in swarms. PauseInMotion … [more]

Prof Martin Knight speaks at the Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival on 9th July 2014.

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival

10 July 2014

Prof Martin Knight spoke at this year's Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival about some of the bioengineering research that his group and others are doing to help treat medical problems such as meniscal tears, ruptured ligaments and arthrtitis. Also present at the fair, was the Bionic Man himself! The … [more]

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SEMS scientists discover teeth protein promises bone regeneration

8 July 2014

Patients suffering from osteoporosis or bone fractures might benefit from a new discovery of a protein that plays an important role in bone regeneration made by bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London. Normally found in the formation of enamel, which is an important component of teeth, the scientists discovered … [more]

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Funding for a Bioengineering Experience

7 July 2014

The “bioengineering experience” is a creative public engagement idea that will help scientists to communicate their expertise and passion for science and engineering to a wider audience. Dr Tina Chowdhury has developed this activity to bridge the gap between children and real-life scientists and engineers. The project will facilitate a … [more]

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SEMS alumni, David Yates, honoured by the Queen

1 July 2014

An inspirational school volunteer has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. David Yates, a retired engineer and volunteer at Church Lench Church of England First School, near Evesham, has been awarded an MBE for services to education. The 79-year-old, of Church Lench, has inspired a generation of youngsters … [more]

June 2014

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Open Day Success

23 June 2014

Many thanks to all of the prospective students who came to visit SEMS during the Open Days which took place on Friday 20th June and Saturday 21st June. We hope you enjoyed your visit. For those of you who missed it, the next one will be in October. See you … [more]

Karin collecting her Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Kroll Medal and Prize.

Dr Karin Hing: SEMS's Inspirational Female Engineer

23 June 2014

To coincide with the first ever National Women in Engineering Day, Corinne Hanlon caught up with Dr Karin Hing to talk about inspirations, 3D visualisation and Pink Floyd. Hello Karin, please tell those who don't know you who you are. I am a part time senior lecturer, Head of the … [more]

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Undergraduate project work is published

19 June 2014

A recent publication, entitled "Flocculation and Viscoelastic Behaviour in Carbon Black-Filled Natural Rubber" comes with a twist. The research published was part-undertaken by Ye Shi, a third year undergraduate student here at SEMS. Ye has only recently published her third year report, and is yet to graduate, but already her … [more]

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Congratulations once again in Nimra Jalali!

17 June 2014

SEMS PhD student, Nimra Jalali, who is supervised by Dr Steve Dunn, has won another best poster prize. Congratulations go to Nimra who was awarded second prize, and €300, for the best poster at the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Spring Conference at Lille for her poster entitled "Performance Optimisation of … [more]

This photo shows cells adhering to large nanopatterns. The green dots indicate the sites of adhesions, and the red area shows where molecules responsible for contracting the cells are located.

Stem cells are a soft touch for nano-engineered biomaterials

10 June 2014

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have shown that stem cell behaviour can be modified by manipulating the nanoscale properties of the material they are grown on - improving the potential of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering as a result. Stem cells are special because they are essential to … [more]

May 2014

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Design and Innovation students showcase their creations at Brick Lane

20 May 2014

The final year Design and Innovation students, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, will showcase their projects at Brick Lane from 30th May until 2nd June. This is a great opportunity to examine to unique solutions and products the students have designed. Previous examples of the products on show include a neck … [more]

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Prof Martin Knight features in an award winning documentary

16 May 2014

Last year Prof Martin Knight was filmed as part of a documentary on urine which was entitled 'The Superpowers of Urine'. Martin's appearance followed a publication on the analysis of the spiral pattern made by urine as it leaves the elliptical shaped male urethra (PLOSone 2012). The documentary will be aired … [more]

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Good luck to Mechanical Engineering student James Johnson

16 May 2014

Paradise Cycles was started by James Johnson, a third year mechanical engineering student here at SEMS, and his business partner, Louis, eight months ago. Paradise Cycles is a social enterprise which supports the cycling community and not only offers bicycle repairs, but teaches people how to service their own bike … [more]

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Slip knot key to creating world’s toughest fibre

15 May 2014

A new way of making super tough fibres could be realised by a simple knot, according to new research from a materials scientist at Queen Mary University of London. Publishing in the journal PLOS ONE, the paper suggests the new method could make ordinary polymers – large molecules with repeating units … [more]

April 2014

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New risk factors for avalanche trigger revealed

8 April 2014

The amount of snow needed to trigger an avalanche in the Himalayans can be up to four times smaller than in the Alps, according to a new model from a materials scientist at Queen Mary University of London. The proposed universal model could have implications in better understanding strategies for … [more]

March 2014

Nimra Jalali with her winning poster entitled Performance Optimisation of ZnO Nanorods-Based Energy Harvesters

SEMS PhD student wins Best Poster

31 March 2014

Congratulations go to Nimra Jalali, a PhD student from Dr Steve Dunn's group. Nimra was awarded Best Poster and presented with £100 at the annual Energy Harvesting Event 2014 which was took place in London and was organised by the ESPRC funded Energy Harvesting Network. The title of the Nimra's poster was "… [more]

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Guardian Awards win for student work experience project

7 March 2014

A Queen Mary University of London work experience scheme that supports its students and East End charities has been awarded the Employability Initiative of the year title at the Guardian University Awards 2014. The QProjects Work Experience Scheme was one of three programmes in the running for the award at the … [more]

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Queen Mary climbs QS World Rankings

6 March 2014

A highly-regarded global analysis of 3,000 universities ranks 21 subjects taught at Queen Mary as among the world’s best, two more subjects than in 2013. The fourth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated over 10,600 programmes from thousands of universities before ranking 689 institutions in total. Engineering, Modern Languages, Computer … [more]

Dr Rob Shorter

A long time in the making: congratulations to Dr Rob Shorter

5 March 2014

After more than nine years since Rob Shorter started his PhD, and over 5 years since he left QMUL, he has at last joined the ranks as one of the PhD graduates from the Soft Matter Group in SEMS. Rob’s thesis was entitled “The mechanical behaviour of elastomers when hollow … [more]

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Industrial Liaison Forum is on 12th March

4 March 2014

The next Industrial Liaison Forum to have an alumni focus will be on 12th March 2014. For the 5th year in a row, the morning of the Forum will focus on reviewing the various student projects that we are running in the School of Engineering and Materials. The afternoon contains panel … [more]

Students win IMechE prize

3 March 2014

Following last week’s report about the Institute of Mechanical Engineering’s 26th Annual Medical Engineering Competition, SEMS would like to congratulate Anna Varone and Habiba Yasmin who won the ‘Vicon Prize for Best Medical Engineering Project.’ The poster was based on the work undertaken by Anna and Habiba during … [more]

February 2014

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Students shortlisted for prizes

26 February 2014

The 26th Annual Medical Engineering Competition, organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), will take place on Thursday 27th February. SEMS would like to wish good luck to Anna Varone and Habiba Yasmin, both third year Medical Engineering students, and to Nawar Al-Zebari, a former Dental Materials MEng student, … [more]

January 2014

Scanning electron microscopy image showing helix structure in a tendon fascicle.

Discovery brings scientists one step closer to understanding tendon injury

16 January 2014

Research led by SEMS has discovered a specific mechanism that is crucial to effective tendon function, which could reveal why older people are more prone to tendon injury. Tendons, such as the Achilles, connect muscle to bone, and are loaded repeatedly during movement. When exposed to particularly high loads, this … [more]

Students taking part in last year's Materials Science Taster Course

Free Taster Courses for year 12 students launches today

9 January 2014

The University of London's Taster Courses give year 12 students the opportunity to experience what studying for a degree at university is like before entering into, or committing to, the UCAS cycle. This year SEMS are proud to be able to offer places to over 800 year 12 students who can choose from … [more]

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New intercalated MSci launched at SEMS

7 January 2014

The School of Engineering and Materials Science has launched a new Intercalated Masters programme in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials. The MSci programme is academically rigorous and provides undergraduate medical students with the necessary skills to exhibit a critical understanding in the fields of biomedical engineering and materials for successful … [more]