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December 2016

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The Joe Paul Bursary for Mechanical Engineering applicants

22 December 2016

Through a generous donation from Lynne and Aidan Paul we are pleased to announce the Joe Paul Bursary for September 2017 entry. The Pauls have chosen to fund this bursary to honour the memory of their late son Joe, who sadly died in 2014. Lynne and Aidan wish to extend opportunities for … [more]

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Rudolph’s antlers inspire next generation of unbreakable materials

21 December 2016

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered the secret behind the toughness of deer antlers and how they can resist breaking during fights. The team looked at the antler structure at the 'nano-level', which is incredibly small, almost one thousandth of the thickness of a hair strand, … [more]

Sherif is pictured here receiving his award from Dr Alex Ball, Secretary of the SEMT.

Sherif wins RMS Beginners' Competition

20 December 2016

Congratulations to SEMS PhD student Sherif Elsharakawy who won the annual Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) Beginners' Competition for his presentation entitled ‘Multiple Length-Scale Imaging of Biomimetic Hierarchical Mineralized Materials’. The competition is held during the annual conference of the Society for Electron Microscope Technology (SEMT). Mohammed Al-Mosawi also presented in … [more]

Ms Ololade Opemipo Obadina receiving her prize from Professor Wen Wang, sponsor Martyn Bennett from ARTIIS and Dr Hasan Shaheed.

Success for students at the Industrial Liaison Forum

19 December 2016

Dr M. Hasan Shaheed’s Research Group won TWO of the three Best Poster Prizes at the recent Industrial Liaison Forum. First Ms Ololade Opemipo Obadina was recognised for her research on a master-slave robotic system for medical applications and then Mr Stephen Adira Agha was given an award for … [more]

Kathrin is pictured receiving the award from Prof. Nigel Brandon of Imperial College

Kathrin Preuß wins 3 Minute Thesis Competition

14 December 2016

Kathrin Preuß, a PhD student in Prof. Titirici’s group won the 3 Minute Thesis Presentations competition at the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Research Conference held in Belfast. Kathrin had the very difficult task to present the aims, outcomes and future directions of her PhD thesis entitled “Sustainable Carbon Catalysts for the … [more]

The team working in G27

Engine success for QM Formula Student Team

9 December 2016

Queen Mary Formula Student have celebrated a historic milestone – for the first time in the society’s history the team have successfully started their engine! This is a huge achievement and testament to the commitment and hard work of the team. The team are hoping to participate at Silverstone in … [more]

Pihua Wen (left), Steffi Krause (2nd right),  & Guang Li (right) being congratulated by the Wen Wang.

Three SEMS colleagues awarded HEA Fellowships

2 December 2016

Steffi Krause, Pihua Wen & Guang Li are the latest three staff in SEMS to have completed the ADEPT application. This means that all three have also now been awarded their Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy and can now use the designation FHEA after their names. Congratulations to all three … [more]

Pelin and the rest of the wining team after the award was presented at conference the gala dinner.

Pelin Yilmaz wins UK Energy Storage Conference Prize

1 December 2016

Pelin Yilmaz who is working on an Innovate UK project with Prof. Magda Titirici and Johnson Matthey on “Designing Low Cost Anodes for Na-ion Batteries” won the best poster prize at the UK Energy Storage Conference in Birmingham. [more]

November 2016

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SEMS Student attends All-Party Engineering Group debate at the Houses of Parliament

30 November 2016

On November 22nd SEMS student, Maya Zataar, was lucky enough to attend the All-Party Engineering Group debate over lunch at the Houses of Parliament. The event was attended by students and professionals from industry (Atkins, Vodafon, IMechE). Maya has written an account of the visit below: The visit began with … [more]

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The Virtual Lab shortlisted for prestigious higher education award

15 November 2016

The Virtual Lab, a platform that allows students to learn lab skills in bioengineering and the life sciences has been nominated for the e-Learning Innovation category in the Reimagine Education Awards 2016. Dr Tina Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, said: “I’m … [more]

Hedi working on her thesis

Hediyeh Zahabi passes her PhD

15 November 2016

Hediyeh Zahabi has passed her PhD examination. Her project was on "Colour changing electro active polymer systems" sponsored by ARTIS. Her supervisors have been James Busfield, Federico Carpi and Kees Bastiaansen with support from Olivier Picot. Hedi has discovered a way of stretching a rubber film that changes colour as … [more]

Prof Bill Bonfield speaking at the event

IRC in Biomedical Materials Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

11 November 2016

A 25th year celebration of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials was held on 11 November in the Octagon, QMUL. The IRC was inaugurated in 1991, as part of a new initiative supported by the UK Research Council into interdisciplinary research, with staff collaborating across the disciplines. This approach is … [more]

Madga checking out her medal at the gala dinner

Prof Magda Titirici is awarded the Rosenhain Medal of the IOM3

8 November 2016

Prof Magda Titirici was awarded the Rosenhain Medal at a gala dinner in London on the 8th November 2016. The prestigious medal and prize is awarded by the IOM3 to the most distinguished materials scientist under the age of 40 in the UK. Magda being the first QMUL employee to receive this … [more]

Arturo Mendoza Meinhardt receiving his award from Martin Cox the Senior Vice President of the IOM3.

Arturo Mendoza Meinhardt wins the best UK Polymer Graduate Award in 2016

2 November 2016

Arturo Mendoza Meinhardt who graduated last year with a 1st class BEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering has been awarded the RH Craven Award of the IOM3 for being the best graduate in the Polymer Materials Discipline in 2016. This is the fourth time in 8 years that a graduate from … [more]

October 2016

SEMS staff with the presenters of Operation Ouch!

SEMS staff featured on Operation Ouch!

28 October 2016

Over the summer, SEMS staff helped film an episode of the award winning CBBC show “Operation Ouch!” The episode investigates just how amazingly strong tendons are. The team had great fun performing the experiments, you can see the episode on Monday 31st October at 5pm. You can also catch up … [more]

Members of the Soft Matter Group at the IRC 2016. Richard and Francesca are left and 2nd left.

Two students win best presentation awards in Japan

28 October 2016

Richard Windslow and Francesca Carleo have both won best presentation awards at the International Rubber Conference 2016 held in Japan. Francesca, who is part of Dr Ettore Barbieri’s group and co-supervised by Prof. James Busfield, discussed a wide range of constitutive rubber models for use in component design. Richard, who … [more]

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Join us for Professor James Busfield's Inaugural Lecture

27 October 2016

Prof James Busfield's Inaugural lecture will be taking place next week on Wednesday 2nd of November in the Skeel Lecture Theatre starting at 18.30. 'Remarkable rubber – An insight into the magical world of rubber physics' will see James explore will what makes rubber so magical that it can sustain a $1,000,000,000,000 industry … [more]

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Thomas Baumard passes his PhD

14 October 2016

Thomas Baumard has successfully completed his PhD on "Fatigue Failure in Aircraft Tyres". The examiners commented that "Thomas performed very well in the viva". His supervisor James Busfield noted that this thesis had a particular focus on an industrial problem and that the outcomes have had a very positive impact … [more]

The winning team including Caroline (4th from right) and Billie (7th from right in the back row)

SEMS success at Zoo Hackathon at London Zoo

13 October 2016

Recent SEMS alumni Billie Moore (2016) and 3rd year SEMS student Caroline Fletcher entered the first ever Zoo Hackathon at London Zoo. Together with other team mates they won the regional competition for their project LookOut! Their project boosts awareness of illegal inadvertent wildlife trafficking to tourists using an online platform … [more]

August 2016

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Zyxogen Announces Partnership with Queen Mary University of London

11 August 2016

Zyxogen, LLC has announced a collaborative partnership with Dr. Rafael Castrejón-Pita, lecturer and lead researcher at the Laboratory of Applied Science at Queen Mary University of London. One of the UK's most respected universities, Queen Mary held the number one ranking for Material Science according to a 2011 National Union … [more]

July 2016

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PhD success for Baoqi Yu

19 July 2016

Many congratulations to Miss Baoqi Yu who passed her PhD examination on Wednesday 13th of July. Baoqi worked on Vascular stem/progenitor cell migration induced by smooth muscle cell -derived CCL2 and CXCL1 with Professors Wen Wang and Qingbo Xu (BHF Chair at KCL). Her research findings has been published … [more]

QMUL and China's Northwestern Polytechnical University launch Joint Educational Institute

19 July 2016

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), one of China’s top universities, have launched a Joint Educational Institute (JEI) to create a broad partnership in providing transnational university education in the field of Engineering Materials. See full Press Release at:… [more]

Xingchen Zhang (2nd from right) and his team

Beijing Overseas Talents Entrepreneurship Competition: more success for SEMS student!

19 July 2016

On 5th July, Xingchen Zhang, a PhD student from Dr. Jens Mueller's group, led his team to win 2nd place in the 2016 Beijing Overseas Talents Entrepreneurship Competition held in Beijing, China. The 2016 Beijing Overseas Talents Entrepreneurship Competition is organised by Beijing Overseas Talents Center, aiming at finding overseas talents and … [more]


QMUL cancer research exhibit at Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

11 July 2016

An exhibit about cancer research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is on display at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition from now until Sunday 10th July. The exhibit, developed by QMUL’s Barts Cancer Institute, Blizard Institute, School of Engineering and Materials Science and Centre of the … [more]

June 2016

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Kathrin Preuss from SEMS wins best poster

27 June 2016

Congratulations go to Kathrin Preuss from Magda Titirici’ s research group has won the prize for the best poster for her presented work entitled 'Sustainable Carbons for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Fuel Cells” at the 7th UK – Japan Symposium on Fundamental Research Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials. [more]

Xingchen Zhang (L) accepting his award at the competition

SEMS students win 2016 Beijing Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Challenge

16 June 2016

On 11th June, Xingchen Zhang, a PhD student from SEMS, led his team to victory in an entrepreneurship challenge held in the University of Oxford. The 2016 Beijing Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Challenge (UK Division) is organized by Beijing Overseas Talents Center and Oxford Chinese Students & Scholars Association, aiming at finding excellent … [more]

Artist impression of small clusters of silver atoms (green spheres) trapped in zeolite cages. Credit: Dr Oliver Fenwick

Scientists at SEMS use silver to make lights shine brightly

8 June 2016

The toxic and expensive phosphors used widely in fluorescent lighting could be eliminated thanks to a new study conducted by a materials scientist at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Writing in the journal Nature Materials, the international group of scientists modified a mineral called zeolite, more commonly found in … [more]

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You are invited to the Design Degree Show

8 June 2016

Wednesday 15th June : Industrial night from 5:30pm Thursday 16th June: Public viewing 10-6pm 17th June: Public viewing 10-6pm WHO ARE WE? We are a collective of Final Year interdisciplinary Designers, Innovators, Scientists and Engineering students. With the aim of bridging the Art, Science & Engineering divide. WHAT WE ARE … [more]

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QMUL climbs to 34th in the Guardian University Guide

6 June 2016

Queen Mary University of London has been ranked the 34th best university in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2017. QMUL has climbed four places since last year’s Guide was published, with the ratings for course, teaching and feedback satisfaction all up and graduate prospects also up. The School … [more]

The team stand proudly with their robot. From L to R is
Xingchen Zhang, Siyuan Zhan, Chang He and Feifan Zhang.

SEMS' Qstar beat over 550 to win second prize in robot competition

3 June 2016

The Qstar team have beaten over 550 other teams to be awarded the second prize in the Mission on Mars Robot Challenge. The Mission on Mars Robot Challenge 2016 is an international robot competition event organised by MathWorks Inc. which this year had more than 550 participating teams from 54 countries. Qstar were the … [more]

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Sheetal Inamdar receives merit award for top scoring abstract at WBC2016

1 June 2016

Sheetal Inamdar a PhD student has won one of the 42 Merit awards given to the top scoring abstracts submitted for the World Congress of Biomaterials 2016. The award was combined with a $550 cash stipend. Sheetal’s abstract titled ‘Fibrillar nanomechanics of cartilage collagen and changes associated with compositional degradation’ was one … [more]

May 2016

The children make biomaterials with James Taylor. Examples include worms and beans from seaweed and sugar that can easily change shape.

Opening young minds to bioengineering

5 May 2016

A pioneering scheme called The Bioengineering Experience, developed for school children to explore advances in science, engineering and materials hosted a group of ten-year olds from St Joseph’s in the Park returning for their second visit to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Led by Dr Tina Chowdhury from … [more]

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QM Cross Disciplinary Team file Novel Chlorhexidine Patent

5 May 2016

A cross-disciplinary team at QM has developed and filed a patent on a novel chlorhexidine drug for use in Medicine and Dentistry; Chlorhexidine Crystal Forms and Uses thereof in medicine. The team comprises; Dr Mike Cattell (Centre for Adult Oral Health, Institute of Dentistry), Professor Gleb Sukhorukov, Mr Dong Luo (… [more]

April 2016

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More SEMS staff to present at Pint of Science!

29 April 2016

Also presenting at this exciting pub-based science communication event is Dr Estelle Collin, Dr Helena Azevedo and Dr John Connelly. Book your place are going fast!

The portable wind turbine, seen here outside the Queens' buliding, stands tall at 4m

MEng students design portable wind turbine for refugee camps

28 April 2016

As the refugee crisis displaces increasing numbers of families, more refugee camps need to be set up to accommodate them. Conventional energy generation using diesel generators is expensive (£2.3m a year for Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya) due to the associated operational costs to provide fuel. An MEng project, undertaken … [more]

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SEMS staff present at Pint of Science

25 April 2016

Grab a pint and go listen to Prof Martin Knight and Prof Julia Shelton speak about their research. Pint of Science is back! Bringing engaging and informative science to a pub near you. Also speaking at the event is SEMS's Dr Stephen Thorpe. Tickets are only £4 - get yours now! [more]

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Congratulations to the winners from the Industrial Liaison Forum

8 April 2016

At the recent ILF prizes were awarded to the three best BEng projects. The proud winners were Mr. Przemyslaw Klups, Mr. Fady Fakher Farouk Mokhtar Aba Yazid and Mr. Ross Ward. Congratulations to all three for their success. [more]

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Update from Industrial Liaison Forum

5 April 2016

The SEMS Alumni focused Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Thursday 3rd March. This is the fourth consecutive year that the spring ILF has been geared towards inviting SEMS alumni back to QMUL to speak to our students and to reconnect with old classmates and our staff. This was without … [more]

March 2016

SEMS to offer three new MSc programmes funded by HEFCE

29 March 2016

The School of Engineering and Materials will be offering 3 new MSc programmes in Biomedical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering and Mechanical Engineering aimed at students with science background that may not be able to apply to our current programmes. More details will be on the SEMS website soon. Professor Edmund Burke, … [more]


Prof Martin Knight does Primary Cilia Mexican Wave!

21 March 2016

Professor Knight is a professor of mechanobiology in the Institute of Bioengineering and the School of Engineering and Materials Science where he is the Director of Research and actively involved in the Medical Engineering degree programme. As part of the University's 'Meet our Professors' Inaugural lectures, Martin delivered a lecture … [more]

2016 SET for Britain Bronze Award Winner Nikolaos Papaioannou

SET for Britain Exhibition of posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians

21 March 2016

The final of the 2016 SET for BRITAIN event took place on Monday, 7th March 2016, sponsored by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the SET for BRITAIN organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. SET for BRITAIN exists to raise the profile of Britain's early-stage researchers at Westminster by engaging Members … [more]

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Bioengineering the Human Body: Organ on Chips? Tuesday 29th March

15 March 2016

Bioengineering is set to change the future of medicine by applying leading edge engineering to solving health problems. We are proud to present a public lecture by the distinguished Harvard Professor Donald Ingber “The Next Technology Wave – Biologically Inspired Engineering”. He will talk about his work creating artificial human and … [more]

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Best MEng project!

15 March 2016

Congratulations to Awais Ijaz, Mohamed Mohamed, David Stacey, Kenny Vo and Pryag Chamund who won the best MEng project at the 2016 ILF event. The students designed a portable wind turbine which could generate power to support infrastructure at refugee camps which are situated in Eastern Europe, specifically Turkey. The panel … [more]

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Postgraduate Loans available for courses starting in September

1 March 2016

If you are thinking of studying a Master's course you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan funded by Student Finance England. You can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 towards your fees and living costs. To be eligible for a Postgraduate loan: - you must normally live in … [more]

February 2016

See more of Chris Claudet's work on Facebook, search for 'iamdaboya'

Introducing SEMS’s very own comic artist!

23 February 2016

SEMS is proud to introduce you to the work of Chris Claudet – our first year Mechanical Engineering student who is making splashes with his comics. Chris first started making comics when he was 12 years old, but has now moved into digital comics. His newest comic series is called Doodle Diddums … [more]

The taster courses will run in our newly developed undergraduate teaching area.

Taster courses for Year 12 students launch

22 February 2016

Exciting news! The dates for our taster courses have been announced and will see around 400 Year 12 students in attendance. The taster courses will run in our newly developed undergraduate teaching space and will give Year 12 students the chance to experience what studying engineering and materials science is like here at … [more]

Richard and Kseniya holding their 1st and 2nd prizes, respectively

Richard Windslow awarded prestigious prize from IOM3

15 February 2016

Richard Windslow won the London Region Young Person Lecture Competition organised by the IOM3. In a strong competition with many excellent contestants, his talk on how materials science can improve the design of elastomer seals for the oil and gas industry was ranked highest by all the judges. Richard, who … [more]

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TEDxQMUL is back for its second year! 12th March 2016

9 February 2016

Following the success of last year's TEDxQMUL, we are pleased to announce the event will run again this year with the theme of 'Force’. The event is scheduled as a full day event at the Great Hall with internal and external speakers as well as performances (lunch will be provided). … [more]

Dr Chavaunne Thorpe riding her horse Betsy (G. Thorpe)

Scientists overcome hurdles for champion racehorses

9 February 2016

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are a step closer to preventing the kind of injuries that affect ageing race horses like champion hurdler Rock on Ruby, the winner of Coral Hurdle at Ascot in 2015. For the first time, the team at QMUL’s School of Engineering and … [more]

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Save the date! The next ILF is on Thursday 3rd March

2 February 2016

The next Industrial Liaison Forum will be held on Thursday 3rd March. This is a must for all of those interested in networking with our industrial partners. Be sure to add this date to your diary and keep an eye out for further details! [more]

January 2016

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QMUL ranked among the most international universities in the world

26 January 2016

The ranking takes into account the proportion of international students at each university, the proportion of international Faculty, and the proportion of research papers that are published with at least one co-author from another country. QMUL retains its place as the 7th most international university in the UK. Other UK … [more]