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July 2021

Droplets with tail-like filaments. Credit: Emily Lin.

Scientists create rechargeable swimming microrobots using oil and water

15 July 2021

A new study, published today in Nature Physics, has shown that it is possible to create tiny, self-powered swimming robots from three simple ingredients. By combining oil drops with water containing a detergent-like substance, the scientists found they could produce artificial swimmers that are able to swim independently and … [more]

SEMS students with the Jetstream 31 aircraft

Cranfield flight course successfully carried out this year adapting to Covid restrictions

15 July 2021

On June 22nd a group of aerospace students travelled to the national flight lab centre at Cranfield to successfully experience flights demonstrating flight dynamics principles they have studied this year, while seeing and analysing real-time flight data. Due to the Covid situation the group was limited to 18 students and MEng … [more]

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Prof Knight on expert panel discussing the use of animals in science

5 July 2021

Prof Martin Knight was part of an expert panel at the 'lead the debate' event organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The event was the second in the series, which aims to convene small groups of thought leaders on prominent topics affecting … [more]

Staff at Royal London Dental Hospital wearing visors prepared by the team.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) wins QMUL Engagement and Impact Award

2 July 2021

A team of engineers and clinicians from EECS, SEMS and Royal London Dental Hospital won a QMUL Engagement and Impact Award. The team was awarded the Local Impact Award for their efforts to provide hospital staff with urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the leadership … [more]

Our prospective students engaging in a subject talk

First Open Day on campus in 18 months - a big success!

1 July 2021

On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June, The School of Engineering and Materials Science participated in the first on campus open day in 18 months. We held eight subject sessions across two days utilising covered outdoor stages and all talks were live streamed via ON24. We welcomed over 200 prospective students on … [more]


June 2021

Ovarian cancer model published in iScience

Two new papers on multi-cellular in vitro models of ovarian cancer published in iScience

23 June 2021

We have recently published two new papers in the journal iScience, which describe the development of novel multi-cellular in vitro models of ovarian cancer and the use of these models to better understand this disease. The work stems from a major European Research Council grant, CANBUILD, which was led … [more]

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Graduation ceremony for QMES class of 2017

21 June 2021

On June 21st the inaugural cohort of students enrolled at Queen Mary Engineering School in 2017 were awarded their degrees in a ceremony presided over by Queen Mary Principal Professor Colin Bailey CBE FREng and Deputy Secretary of the NPU Party Committee Professor Wan Xiaopeng. After four years of hard … [more]

Schematic of experimental set-up

New organ-on-a-chip study demonstrates how physical exercise regulates bone metastasis in breast and prostate cancer

17 June 2021

Bioengineers at Queen Mary publish a new study in the journal Cancers which demonstrates the significant impact of physiological mechanical loading on bone metastasis in breast and prostate cancer.  The paper describes a new organ-chip model of bone metastasis which incorporates cancer cells and bone cells in … [more]

IMechE Awards

QM student wins IMechE prize for the best Bioengineering undergraduate project

16 June 2021

Congratulations to Eisha Hashmi who was selected for the IMechE Vicon Award for the best Bioengineering undergraduate project.  Eisha presented her 3rd year individual research project at the Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards event held by Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and was awared the … [more]

Science & Engineering Summer Research Interns and supervisory team

Science & Engineering Summer Research Internships for BAME Undergraduate Students in SEMS

14 June 2021

As part of the Science & Engineering Faculty’s mission to transfer horizons for all students, the School Management Team are delighted to report that SEMS have won four S&E Summer Research Internships for BAME Undergraduate Students. Following a rigorous selection process examining the quality of the … [more]

Liz Tanner

Liz Tanner joins Discover Materials Advisory Board

14 June 2021

The Discover Materials initative (https://www.discovermaterials.uk) is a collaboration of ten UK Materials Departments or Schools with the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials in Manchester. Discover Materials will formally launch in Summer 2021 and its aim is encourage more people to think about materials as a subject … [more]

Haixue Yan

Congratulations to Haixue Yan FIMMM

10 June 2021

Today Haixue Yan from the Materials Division became a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMM). This honour is based on both his work in QMUL but also his time in industry in China before he became a PhD student. He joins six other members of … [more]

Mohammed Deera

Mohammed Deera wins the James S Walker Award from the IOM3

9 June 2021

Mohammed Deera, a first class BEng Materials and Design graduate from 2020, has won the 2021 James S Walker Award from the IOM3 for his final year project on "A Potential Route to Re-processable Natural Rubber". The idea that he explored experimentally was the creation of labile crosslinks that … [more]

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The 5th JRI PhD summer workshop

7 June 2021

The 5th JRI PhD summer workshop began today with two parallel sessions from High Entropy Ceramics to Engineering Optimisation, over 50 researches and PhD students from QM and NPU join todays sessions online, during today’s workshop, PhD Students from both universities presented interesting topic including Oxidation of high entropy … [more]

5th JRI PhD summer workshop

NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute, 5th PhD Summer School and Workshop 2021

2 June 2021

NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute, 5th PhD Summer School and Workshop 2021 The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) are hosting online the annual PhD Summer school and workshop on Advanced Materials & Structures from Monday 7th to Friday 11th June. There are currently five planned Workshops in areas of established … [more]


May 2021

Green car. Credit: EduardHarkonen/iStock.com

Queen Mary launches new research project to tackle safety concerns with zero emission vehicles

27 May 2021

The project, led by researchers from Queen Mary’s Mechanics of Composite Materials Group (MCM), will create an intelligent data-driven virtual testing tool to assess an emerging type of lightweight materials, known as synthetic cellular composites (CCs). Materials found in nature are typically lightweight, strong and resilient to external … [more]

Liz Tanner

Liz Tanner becomes Editor in Chief of Journal of Engineering in Medicine.

24 May 2021

From 1st July 2021, Prof Liz Tanner will take over as Editor in Chief of Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Part H of the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Liz takes over from Professor Tony Unsworth FREng of Durham University has edited the journal for over 28 years … [more]

Federico Carpi

Prof Federico Carpi Rejoins SEMS as a Visiting Professor

18 May 2021

Federico Carpi is returning as a new Visiting Professors in SEMS. Federico was previously an academic in SEMS until 2016, when he took up a position at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFi). Since then, he has continued his collaboration with colleagues in SEMS acting as a co-supervisor of 5 … [more]

Prof Markys Cain

Prof Markys Cain Joins SEMS as a Visiting Professor

14 May 2021

Markys Cain is the first of a number of new Visiting Professor appointments to be announced in SEMS. He has been an active member of the Industrial Advisory liaison board and has been a research collaborator in ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials, with specific expertise in in-situ diffraction measurements, for many … [more]


April 2021

Daniel and Evangelos in full flow.

Industrial Liaison Forum #5 MEng Group Prize Winners Announced

29 April 2021

The fifth Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF#5) took place online on 28 April 2021. ILF#5 was the 4th year MEng Group Project Showcase. All 10 groups were invited to present their projects this year. The event attended by many external visitors including several of our Industrial Advisory Board Members, potential new … [more]

Image of the novel capsule-based smell test

Researchers develop new smell test for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and COVID-19

28 April 2021

A new smell test developed by Queen Mary University of London researchers has been found to be easy to use in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and could also be helpful in diagnosing COVID-19 in the broader population. Smell tests have the potential to support the diagnosis of certain … [more]

Juncheng Fan

Chinese National Final of the IoM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition

22 April 2021

The IOM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) is organized by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) each year. The YPLC invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture (12 to 15 minutes) on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology, … [more]

Graphene under various contacts

What we know – and don’t know – about the mechanical and thermal properties of graphene

21 April 2021

In this Featured Article published in Applied Physics Reviews,Prof. David Dunstan from the School of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys, Dr. Dimitrios Papageorgiou and Dr. Yiwei Sun from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, review what we know and don't know about the mechanical and … [more]

Afra Pasha presenting her winning poster at the ILF.

Industrial Liaison Forum #4 Prize Winners Announced

21 April 2021

The fourth Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF#4) took place online on 21 April 2021. ILF#4 was the 3rd year undergraduate Project Showcase. We had invited 35 students to present their project posters. The event attended by more than 170 visitors at the peak including several of our Industrial Advisory Board Members, potential new students and … [more]

Image of waves breaking. Credit: Alvesgaspar/Wikimedia Commons

Queen Mary researchers to help unlock the potential of marine wave energy

16 April 2021

Queen Mary University of London have launched a new research project aimed at overcoming current challenges with devices that capture wave energy and convert it into electricity. The wider deployment of wave energy converters (WECs) that convert wave energy into renewable forms of electricity is hampered by challenges such as … [more]

SEMS coffee meet in the sunshine in library square

SEMS Coffee mornings begin!

15 April 2021

It was super to see so many SEMS staff at our first outdoor coffee meet, where we were blessed with sunshine too! Many thanks to both our President and Principal, Colin Bailey, and our Vice Principal for Science & Engineering, Wen Wang, for coming out to join us. We will … [more]

Staff from Queen Mary and CIMAV involved in the partnership development.

Queen Mary to celebrate launch of new dual Masters programme with joint event

6 April 2021

The event builds on the ground-breaking agreement between the two institutions to create a dual master by research degree programme and follows continuing discussions between staff at Queen Mary and CIMAV to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions. CIMAV is a leading research institution headquartered in Chihuahua, Mexico. The … [more]


March 2021

Steve Mould's excellent YouTube film on the physics behind the shape of the urine stream

YouTube video on Prof Knight's paper on the urine stream set to go viral

11 March 2021

Steve Mould, the famous science communicator and YouTuber, has just produced a new video on the physics behind the shape of the urine stream. Steve explains that there is very little published literature on this phenomenum but he describes one key paper ... ... In 2012 Prof Knight and colleagues published a paper … [more]

A journey to explore and understand issues surrounding recruitment into Materials Science and Engineering in the UK

Developing a materials world - why (not) us?

11 March 2021

Dr Han Zhang, Lecturer in Materials Science and Admission Tutors of Division of Materials Engineering at SEMS, together with his collaborators at Discover Materials, published an article on Materials World (Mar 2021) to explore the university application journey and prospective student population to understand issues surrounding recruitment into Materials Science and … [more]

Schematic of flexible rod-canopies placed over an aerofoil surface and preliminary results of Large Eddy Simulations accelerated on Graphics Processing Units for a benchmark aerofoil noise case

Surface treatments for next generation quiet aerofoils

5 March 2021

The team of engineers from Queen Mary has won significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) devoted to high-resolution modelling and simulation of aerofoil noise. In the new £405,916 research project, Prof. Karabasov and his team will work in collaboration with the Institute of Sound and … [more]

Schematic of device with output from bending

New high-performance and durable textile-based wearable energy harvesters reported

5 March 2021

New research published by Qinrong He from Dr Joe Briscoe's group, in collaboration with Dr Han Zhang, demonstrates piezoelectric energy harvesters produced on e-textiles that can harvest energy from body movement to power portable electronic devices and sensors. The research, published in the journal Nano Energy, makes use of … [more]

High-speed, high resolution photoelectrochemical imaging

Photoelectrochemical imaging with high spatiotemporal resolution: publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics

1 March 2021

Electrochemical or photoelectrochemical imaging of living cells has great potential for label-free, functional monitoring of cell responses, but is either relatively slow or suffers from poor resolution. Detailed electrochemical imaging has been limited to single-cell investigations, making it time-consuming to produce biologically relevant data. Our publication “Photoelectrochemical imaging system … [more]


February 2021

Responsive nanostructured biosensors for the design of biocatalytic gates.

QMUL-NPU collaboration develops a novel generation of nanostructured responsive biosensors

26 February 2021

A collaborative team led by Prof Julien Gautrot from QMUL and Prof. Xiaoyan Ma from NPU (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China) has developed a novel strategy for the design of nanostructured biosensors. Bringing biocatalytic sites close to the surface of electrodes is essential in order to optimise electron transfer … [more]

Spatial information transmission through a single multimode fibre using deep learning

Queen Mary Researchers demonstrated continuous transmission of high-density spatial information through an evolving single multimode fibre using deep learning

26 February 2021

Continuous transmission of high-spatial-density information accurately through a standard multimode optical fibre was previously deemed impossible, due to the high variability presented in multimode fibre information channels over time. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London demonstrated a deep-learning enabled high-spatial-density information transmission scheme for standard multimode optical fibres, where … [more]

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New funding for storytelling project to inspire future engineers

25 February 2021

‘Engineer the Story’, run in partnership with the Ideas Foundation, helps engineers create digital stories to bring their research to life. Supported by new funding from the Train the Trainer Initiative of StoryFutures Academy, the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by National Film and … [more]

Schematic showing how mechanical stimulation can be applied to cells in an organ-chip

Knight's group publish new paper on the importance of mechanical stimulation in organ-chip technology

24 February 2021

Prof Knight and colleagues at Queen Mary University of London and University College Dublin have published a new paper discussing the importance of incorporating mechanical stimulation into organ-on-a-chip technology. Prof Knight will be discussing this work at the forthcoming Pan-London 3Rs Symposium. Organ-chip models consist of living cells grown in … [more]

QMUL Festival of Education

Inaugural QMUL Festival of Education Showcases Five SEMS Talks

22 February 2021

Booking is now open for the Inaugural QMUL Festival of Education (https://www.qmul.ac.uk/queenmaryacademy/festival-of-education-2021/) will take place 8-12th March. Details on the Festival Agenda and how to book places for talks can be found on the SEMS Events pages (https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/… [more]

Cross-section scanning electron micrograph of the solar cell structure, with schematic of AACVD setup overlaid.

Researchers demonstrate a new method for scalable deposition of hybrid perovskites for solar cells

5 February 2021

A new paper by Ryley Ratnasingham, supervised by Dr Joe Briscoe (SEMS, QMUL) and Prof Martyn McLachlan (Imperial College London) as part of the Plastic Electronics CDT has been published in Materials Advances, which reports the first ever working perovskite solar cell (PSC) using a hybrid perovskite material deposited by … [more]

3D-photoelectrochemical imaging will be implemented using porous light-addressable semiconductors on FTO coated glass.

EPSRC New Horizons grant on 3D photoelectrochemical imaging

1 February 2021

Prof Steffi Krause, Dr Joe Biscoe, Dr Thomas Iskratsch and Dr Bo Zhou have been awarded an EPSRC New Horizon’s grant (EP/V047523/1) of £200k to develop new measurement technology for 3D photoelectrochemical imaging. Electrochemical imaging techniques are powerful tools for the investigation of topography, charge and … [more]


January 2021

Group photo: Fan Li with Profs. Lockerby, Smoukov and Karabasov

Fan Li Passes his PhD Viva on "Non-equilibrium and hybrid multiscale modelling of molecular systems"

19 January 2021

Many congratulations to Fan Li for successfully passing his PhD Viva with minor corrections on the dissertation “Non-equilibrium and hybrid multiscale modelling of molecular systems”. The Viva was held remotely by Teams. Many problems in science and engineering comprise multiple scales in space and time. A particular example … [more]

CR UK & EPSRC Multidisciplinary Award

New CRUK/EPSRC research grant: Organ-on-a-chip model to investigate breast cancer bone metastases

12 January 2021

A new research grant using organ-on-a-chip technology to understand breast cancer bone metastasis has started in Prof Martin Knight's bioengineering and mechanobiology research group. The multidisciplinary award is jointly funded by Cancer Research UK (CR UK) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project will develop … [more]

Image showing live cells in cartilage tissue and the anti-inflammatory effects of TRPV4 activation with GSK101 which prevents biomechanical degradation.

New paper on anti-inflammatory effects of TRPV4 stimulation

11 January 2021

Prof Knight's research group have published a new study showing, for the first time, the anti-inflammatory effects of stimulating the mechanosensitive ion-channel, TRPV4, and its importance in cartilage health. Degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, are associated with pro-inflammatory signalling which causes degradation of the articular cartilage leading to … [more]