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December 2022

Pressing an organoid consisting of beating cardiomyocytes onto the sensor device improves communication between sensor and cells and enables highly sensitive monitoring of the electrical signals from individual living cells.

Controlling the contact force between organoid and light-addressable potentiometric sensor enables highly sensitive monitoring of cardiomyocyte action potentials

21 December 2022

Monitoring of action potentials of beating cardiac cells called cardiomyocytes can give insights into physiological and disease mechanisms and aid the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, i.e., irregular heartbeats. Patch clamp measurements are the gold standard in electrophysiological measurements, but are difficult to operate … [more]

GPU WMLES of a stalled NACA 0012 at α = 14.5 deg. capturing the leading-edge separated shear layer and extensive trailng-edge vortex roll-up.

New "Aeroacoustics of Dynamic Stall" project funded by EPSRC

20 December 2022

The team of Queen Mary engineers together with colleagues from the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge has been awarded a significant EPSRC funding to work on dynamic stall noise, using a combination of experimental, computational, and mathematical modelling techniques. Aerodynamic noise from transport vehicles and wind turbines … [more]

Qinrong celebrating after her viva with some of the research group

Qinrong He passes her PhD viva!

15 December 2022

Congratulations to Qinrong He of Dr Joe Briscoe's group who passed her PhD viva on 15th December 2022! Thanks to internal examiner Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou, and external examiner Dr Hamideh Khanbareh of the University of Bath. Qinrong's thesis was entitled "Design and development of fibre-based piezoelectric energy harvesters&… [more]

New research centre websites

School of Engineering and Materials Science Launch New Research Centre Websites

7 December 2022

To better align its research activities with the UK grand challenges, the Queen Mary University of London Research Highways and the Faculty of Science and Engineering strategic research schemes, the School of Engineering and Materials Science has restructured its research into four centres in Bioengineering, Sustainable Engineering, Intelligent Transport and … [more]

Kirsty (in the middle) receiving her first prize at the IRC2022 closing ceremony

Kirsty Rutherford wins the IRCO Prize at IRC2022

5 December 2022

The latest International Rubber Conference 2022 recently completed in India. Five of James Busfield's Soft Matter Group presented their work there. At the closing ceremony one of the group, Kirsty Rutherford, took home the IRCO Best Student Presentation Award for her paper on "The development of a robust method … [more]


November 2022

Dr Tom Macdonald

Queen Mary academic secures University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society

30 November 2022

Dr Tom Macdonald, an 1851 Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London, is one of 50 successful recipients of the Royal Society’s University Research Fellowship (URF) for 2022. The Royal Society research fellows will work on research projects spanning the physical, mathematical, … [more]

Visitors from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

SEMS hosts visit from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

28 November 2022

SEMS hosted a visit from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Monday 28th November. They were lead by the Assistant Cultural Attaché from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and by Professor AlKharoubi, KFUPM. The group were a total of 24 students and staff from … [more]

Confocal microscopy image of cartilage cells treated with the YAP agonist LPA (right) showing reductions in the length of primary cilia (red) associated with prevention of inflammation and cartilage degradation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2022.11.001

New research shows how cartilage degradation can be prevented by pharmaceutical regulation of YAP/TAZ

26 November 2022

New research has shown how cartilage inflammation, as occurs in conditions such as osteoarthritis, can be prevented by activation of the YAP/TAZ cellular pathway. The work was led by Huan Meng, a PhD student in Prof Martin Knight's group and was published in the journal 'Osteoarthritis and Cartilage': '… [more]

Poster session at the Industrial Liaison Forum

Organ-chip researchers win award at Industrial Liaison Forum

21 November 2022

Congratulations to Dr Clare Thompson (Queen Mary+Emulate Centre Scientist), Dr Joanne Nolan (CRUK-EPSRC post doc) and Dr Tim Hopkins (Versus Arthritis Research Fellow), who together won the award for best research presentation at the Industrial Liaison Forum organised by the School of Engineering and Materials Science. All three are … [more]

Prof Dan Bader

Professor Dan Bader

18 November 2022

We are very saddened to report that Professor Dan Bader died peacefully on Saturday 5th November, 2022. Dan worked at Queen Mary University of London for over twenty years and was passionate about education, research and social mobility. Dan was a Physicist by training and started at Queen Mary as a … [more]

Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu

Homecoming: NASA engineer Alumnus Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu (Avionics BEng, 1991) explains how to drive a robot on Mars and shares insights into the famous Mars Rover launches

18 November 2022

After graduating with a BEng in Avionics from Queen Mary University of London in 1991, Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu returned to his alma mater and was greeted like a rock star with more than 100 students, staff and alumni crammed into the People's Palace auditorium. Introducing Dr Trebi-Ollennu, Head of School Professor … [more]

Zimeng

Congratulations to Dr Zimeng Hu on completing her PhD

17 November 2022

Congratulations to Dr Zimeng Hu who successfully passed her PhD viva on 16th November 2022 with her thesis titled 'Structure and properties of perovskite and hexagonal structured multiferroic ceramics'. Zimeng was supervised by Dr Haixue Yan, Dr Isaac Abrahams and Prof Michael Reece. [more]

Electrospinning process for electrode fabrication

To switch to renewables, we need better energy storage

15 November 2022

Ana Jorge Sobrido explains why she works on Sustainable Electrodes for Redox Flow Batteries The dual energy and climate crises have increased global focus on renewable energy generation through wind and solar: the need for low cost, efficient energy storage is greater now than ever. Even before the present gas … [more]

Ana with a summary of her FLF research done by artist Vanessa Damianou.

Ana participates in the Crucible Programme Workshop in Wetherby

10 November 2022

Ana Jorge Sobrido participated in the two-day residential crucible programme organised by FLF Development Network, at the Wood Hall Hotel in Wetherby. The programme is designed to foster collaborations between researchers and introduce new ways of thinking and working, to form interdisciplinary, cross-sector networks between researchers who normally … [more]

Photoelectrochemical calcium ion sensor based on hematite nanorods

Hematite nanorods – a promising material for photoelectrochemical sensing and imaging

10 November 2022

Hydrothermally grown hematite nanorods have been shown to be an excellent substrate for photoelectrochemical imaging and sensing. The material displayed enhanced photocurrent compared to hematite films, good stability, excellent spatial resolution and good sensitivity to pH. Coupling the hematite nanorods with a thin calcium ion selective PVC membrane, we obtained … [more]

Prize winners

November Prize-giving for SEMS' Taught Students

9 November 2022

At the Industrial Liaison Forum on 9th November 2022, we celebrated the achievements of some of our best taught students. Over 20 prizes were awarded by the School. These were awarded across subject and year groups and included "Academic Achievement Prizes as well as "Best Project Prizes". One "… [more]

Research showcase

SEMS November Industrial Liaison Forum including PhD Research Showcase and and Student Awards

9 November 2022

We were pleased to once again hold the bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum live in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 9th November 2022 in the Octagon. The event was well attended by staff and students as well as industrialists. The day was broken up into five parts, starting in the … [more]

Celebrating engineers across disciplines

National Engineering Day

2 November 2022

Celebrating This is Engineering This is Engineering Day returned today as National Engineering Day to celebrate the engineers and show how engineering improve lives. We marked the event by inviting undergraduate, Intercalated and MSc students to meet the engineers and celebrate all things STEMM. Engineers improve lives Around 100 students worked … [more]


October 2022

Credit: Istock.com/metamorworks

New group to advance digital twins in healthcare

19 October 2022

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are part of a consortium of nineteen partners that will aid personalised healthcare by using virtual copies of objects. EDITH (Ecosystem for Digital Twins in Healthcare) Coordination and Support Action (CSA) – a group made up of numerous internationally renowned research institutions, professional … [more]

ECOTOOL to develop energy efficient composite tooling, a new Synergy Promotion project funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub

New EPSRC project launched to develop energy efficient composite tooling

13 October 2022

As one of the three new Synergy Promotion projects funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub, the project entitled “Energy Efficient Composite Tooling with Integrated Self-Regulating Heating and Curing Capabilities based on Recycled Composite Waste (ECOTOOL)” led by Queen Mary University of London has been launched with … [more]

Celebrating medical research with scientists, clinicians and engineers

Rosetrees Trust celebrates 35 years at the Royal Society of Medicine

11 October 2022

Rosetrees Trust supports interdisciplinary research Rosetrees Trust is a unique medical charity working to advance interdisciplinary research in science, engineering and medicine. The charity has been funding exciting research projects to develop healthcare solutions that benefit patients and improve the lives of communities and society. After supporting 35 years of … [more]


September 2022

Anureet and James at the Conference Dinner at ECCMR in Milan

Anureet Kaur successfully completes her PhD in the Soft Matter Group

27 September 2022

Anureet Kaur has become the latest member of James Busfield's Soft Matter Group to pass their PhD exam. Anureet completed her PhD viva on the 27th September defending a thesis entitled, " Development of Self-healing and Recyclable Elastomers." Anureet was also supervised by Julien Gautrot and Gabriel Cavalli. … [more]

Single Crystal Perovskite Optical Fibre

First single-crystal organometallic perovskite optical fibres

24 September 2022

Due to their very high efficiency in transporting electric charges from light, perovskites are known as the next generation material for solar panels and LED displays. We now have invented a brand-new application of perovskites as optical fibres. The results are published in Science Advances. Optical fibres are tiny wires … [more]

Credit: Nature

Teams of bee-like drones are ready to 3D-print buildings

22 September 2022

"The homes and cities of the future could be built with the help of autonomous robots," says Queen Mary's Dr Ketao Zhang.  Researchers have created a team of drones that can print 3D constructions while they are flying. These flying robots can coordinate and make … [more]

LCIoT new Campus

London City Institute of Technology (LCIoT) Opens

19 September 2022

This month, the London City Institute of Technology (LCIoT) opens its doors to its first cohort of students at London City Island. The LCIoT is a partnership between Queen Mary, Newham College and a wide range of employers. The Institute will deliver higher technical education and apprenticeships with a focus … [more]

Mike Keeble presenting the Henry Clifton Sorby Award in New Orleans to Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia

Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia is awarded the Henry Clifton Sorby Award

13 September 2022

The International Metallographic Society awarded Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia the Henry Clifton Sorby Award. It is awarded annually to an "internationally recognised figure for lifetime achievement in the fields of metallography and materials science". It is the highest honour presented by the International Metallographic Society and was presented … [more]

ECCMR conference picture from left to right: Kirsty, Maddie, Eathan, Aaron, Giacomo, James, William, Anureet, Evangelos, Rattapong, Keizo (1995), Maria del Mar, Menglong (2016) and Travis (2022).

Soft Matter Group Returns to European Conference on Constitutive Modelling of Rubber in Milan

11 September 2022

After the Covid hiatus, it was great to take 12 of the Soft Matter Group to Milan with me to participate in European Conference on Constitutive Modelling of Rubber (ECCMR) 2022. It was fantastic opportunity to see so many old friends in person and to see what the community has been up … [more]

Smart nanocomposites for energy efficient composite manufacturing

The Composite Group Welcomes its Royce Summer Intern

7 September 2022

The Composites group is delighted to introduce the newest group member, Haoze Li. Haoze is starting the third year of his BEng Materials Science and Engineering programme within the School and will join the group on a ten-week summer internship, kindly funded by the Henry Royce Institute and supported … [more]


August 2022

Lightning strikes within the ash cloud from Mount Rinjani 1995 eruption. Credit: Oliver Spalt CC BY-SA 3.0

Funding for project "Novel plasma reforming technology for tars reduction in BECCS" awarded by UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

4 August 2022

Queen Mary researchers in collaboration with the Chemical Engineering at University College London have won funding for a proof of concept project with the Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme, part of the Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), which aims to provide funding to support innovation in hydrogen BECCS (… [more]


July 2022

Timothy Hopkins collecting the Cum Laude Poster Prize on behalf of all authors at the ICRS World Congress in Berlin

Dr Timothy Hopkins receives Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship

29 July 2022

Dr Timothy Hopkins has been awarded a £310,000 Foundation Fellowship by Versus Arthritis to develop a human ‘joint-on-a-chip’. The aim of the fellowship is to improve understanding of how interactions between knee joint tissues contribute to the development of osteoarthritis (OA), and to the efficacy of treatments. OA … [more]

Pamela presenting her work at the Annual Meeting of the British Cardiovascular Society in Manchester

Pamela Swiatlowska shortlisted for Marshall Award and wins travel award for work on vascular smooth muscle cell mechanosensing

20 July 2022

Pamela Swiatlowska won a travel award to give a talk on her work on vascular smooth muscle cell mechanosensing at the 8th meeting of the invadosome consortium, 4-7 October in Sete, France. She will be also presenting her work at the Annual Meeting of the British Society of&… [more]

Pavel with examiners Dr Cristina Giordano (SPCS) and Prof Chris Howard (UCL).

Congratulations to Pavel Victoria Tafoya for Passing his PhD Viva!

20 July 2022

Many congratulations to Pavel for passing his PhD viva on the 20th July 2022 with minor corrections with Dr Cristina Giordano (QMUL, SPCS) and Prof Chris Howard (UCL). Pavel was supervised by Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido and the recipient of a CONACYT studentship from the Mexican government. During the last months, … [more]

Linh Tran Thi Ngoc

Congratulations to Linh Tran Thi Ngoc for Passing her PhD Viva

12 July 2022

Many congratulations to Linh on passing her PhD viva on the 12th July 2022 with minor corrections. Linh's PhD thesis studied the synthesis of nickel and iron layered double hydroxides supported on electrospun lignin-derived carbon fibres and their application as oxygen bifunctional electrocatalysts under the supervision of Dr … [more]

UK RFB Network Committee - Dr Ana J Sobrido, Dr Kathryn Toghill and Dr Declan Bryans

UK Redox Flow Battery Network Annual Meeting Hosted at Queen Mary University of London

11 July 2022

The 6th Annual Meeting of the UK Redox Flow Battery Network  (UKRFBN) took place on the 11th July 2022. This year the event was held at Queen Mary University of London and hosted by Ana Jorge Sobrido, who is an active member of the UKRFBN Committee. Around 80 people registered … [more]

Left to right: Mr Thomas Thorn, Miss Yushen Wang, Dr Xudan Yao, Dr Han Zhang

SEMS' Polymers & Composites Group success at 20th European Conference on Composite Materials in Lausanne, Switzerland

8 July 2022

In the last week of June, the Polymers & Composites Group had a highly successful week presenting at the 20th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM20) in the stunningly beautiful city of Lausanne.  Seven members made their way to Switzerland and were all eager to share the fantastic work … [more]

Participants of the EPSRC-supported workshop on the future of Electrochemistry

Ana Jorge Sobrido Participates in EPSRC-supported Workshop on the Future of Electrochemistry in the UK

7 July 2022

Organised by Prof Dryfe (University of Manchester), Prof Katherine Holt (University College London), Dr Mark Symes (University of Glasgow) and Dr Upul Wijayantha (Loughborough University), this stimulating event gathered around 40 academics from UK institutions working on topics with a significant electrochemistry component to debate current challenges of the area and … [more]

BioMedEng Association website

Prof Martin Knight elected as the first Chair of the UK BioMedical Engineering Council

6 July 2022

Prof Martin Knight from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been elected as the first Chair of the UK BioMedEng Council.  The Association of Biomedical Engineers, Medical Engineers and Bioengineers (BioMedEng Association) represents a broad field of multidisciplinary research … [more]


June 2022

Anureet Receives the IRCO best student prize.

Anureet Kaur wins the IRCO Prize at IRC2021

30 June 2022

The postponed International Rubber Conference 2021 has just completed in Germany. In the closing ceremony, Anureet Kaur from James Busfield’s Soft Matter Group took home the IRCO Best Student Presentation Award for her paper on "Development of Self-Healable and Recyclable Elastomers." The judging was done using online … [more]

Szymon with examiners Mike Reece and Caroline Knapp and supervisor Ana Jorge Sobrido

Congratulations to Szymon Doszczeczko for passing his PhD viva

28 June 2022

Many congratulations to Szymon on passing his PhD viva on the 28th June 2022 with minor corrections. Szymon's PhD thesis studied the synthesis of cobalt-based materials and their application as oxygen bifunctional electrocatalysts. He will continue in Ana Sobrido's Group as a postdoc working on 3D-printed microstructured electrodes … [more]

Did you know a picture speaks a thousand words?

International Women in Engineering Day

23 June 2022

Celebrating women engineers and helping each other see our lives For years we have been celebrating the achievements of our engineers but today we wanted to do something different. We wanted to help others see who we are, help us reflect on our past and see … [more]

Dr David Barrett presenting our award winning paper

Two Young Investigator Awards in Prenatal Diagnosis

21 June 2022

Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award Dr David Barrett presented our award winning paper "potential sealing and repair of human fetal membrane defects after trauma with peptide amphiphiles and Cx43 antisense" at the 26th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Montreal, Canada which took place between 19 and 23 … [more]

A celebratory lunch with his examiners - Professor Emma Hudson-Tole and Dr Aliah Shaheen

Congratulations to Gamalendira Shivapatham for passing his PhD viva!

17 June 2022

Gamal successfully completed his PhD, developing and testing new ultrasound-based imaging tools to explore tendon health and disease in the Achilles tendon. Gamal developed a specialised technique known as slip-elastography for exploring functional tendon dynamics. He subsequently tested his methods in a cohort of participants, highlighting the importance of … [more]

Eduardo (on the right) pictured with his supervisor Prof James Busfield

Eduardo Yanes Nunez successfully completes his PhD in the Soft Matter Group

16 June 2022

Eduardo Yanes Nunez has become the latest member of James Busfield's Soft Matter Group to pass their PhD exam. Eduardo completed his PhD viva on the 16th June defending a thesis entitled, "Frictional Behaviour of Elastomer Seals." This was the fourth industrially funded PhD project sponsored by … [more]

Vasily Gryazev gives a talk on modelling of shock noise typical of rocket engines

Queen Mary researchers present their work on high-speed flow and noise modelling at the leading aeroacoustics conference in Europe

16 June 2022

Vasily Gryazev and Hussain Abid have presented several papers featuring the latest work of the group in application to aeroacoustics of high-speed jets and aerofoils at the 28th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference in Southampton. The presented work includes the modelling of high speed subsonic and supersonic … [more]

Atrial Digital Twins. [Caroline Roney]

Queen Mary Science and Engineering researchers awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships to tackle heart irregular heart rhythms and explore turbulence in space plasma

15 June 2022

Dr Caroline Roney and Dr Christopher Chen are among 84 promising leaders awarded fellowships totalling £98 million.  The fellowships support the most promising science and research leaders to tackle major global issues and to commercialise their innovations in the UK. Professor Wen Wang, Queen Mary's … [more]

Who do you see in this picture?

Picture an Engineer

13 June 2022

When you see an engineer, what does the picture mean to you? International photographer Michael Cockerham and the Ideas Foundation created a digital storytelling workshop at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities to help engineers see each other's worlds. The creative & culture teams built a digital arts studio … [more]

The organ-chip team led by Dr Clare Thompson (left) and Prof Martin Knight (right)

Inspiring the next generation of organ-chip scientists and bioengineers at the QMUL Festival of Communities

11 June 2022

A fantastic day at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities talking about our organs-on-chips research. There was lots of interesting conversations and interactions with local people of all ages. Our excellent team of demonstrators showed people real organ-chip models and discussed their usage in the development of new medicines. Visitors, … [more]

Dr Han Zhang, Professor James Busfield and Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou

IOM3 awards: Queen Mary scoops up four prizes for engineering and materials science

9 June 2022

The School of Engineering and Materials Science goes from strength to strength as researchers pick up four awards and medals from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) The IOM3 presents a range of awards, medals and prizes in recognition of personal achievement, for published work and for contributions … [more]

Hyperlink students at the competition

Queen Mary's Hyperlink group wins the Low Power Award for the Electronic System and awarded second place for Propulsion System in an international student competition hosted by the University of Waterloo, Canada

9 June 2022

Hyperlink is a London student group that is mostly based at the School of Engineering and Materials of Science, QMUL (https://www.hyperlinklondon.com/). The QMUL students - Katarzyna Lichy, Marcin Bielicki, Michal Makowka and Matthew Clisby attended the Canadian Hyperloop Competition that  took place  in Waterloo, Ontario 27-29 May 2022 , … [more]

Valeriia Kudriavtceva

Congratulations to Valeriia Kudriavtceva on successfully passing her PhD Viva

7 June 2022

Valeriia has successfully completed her PhD on "Elaboration of biodegradable printed microcapsules and microchambers: versatile microencapsulation approach for drug delivery applications" In her work she proposed a novel way to make capsules what allows to encapsulate various substances regardless their molecular weight and solubility, including encapsulation in dry … [more]

A diagram of a redox flow battery. Credit: Ana Sobrido

Queen Mary partners with the Faraday Institution to power up redox flow batteries  

1 June 2022

Queen Mary’s Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido will lead a project to overcome engineering issues that are currently preventing the wide-spread adoption of redox flow batteries (RFBs).    RFBs are emerging as a crucial technology for the transition to renewable energy, since their large capacity can help to … [more]

Speaker presentations in medical healthcare

Congratulations to the 2022 Intercalated Graduates

1 June 2022

Celebrating seven years of the Intercalated Research Symposium The Intercalated Symposium is an exciting scientific forum for medical students to present collaborative multi-disciplinary research in science, engineering and medicine. Around 60 participants joined the 2 sessions with presentations in machine learning, computational medicine, medical robotics, healthcare, nanotechnology, biomaterials and regenerative … [more]


May 2022

Megan McFie

Congratulations to Megan McFie who has passed her PhD identifying drugs that regulate primary cilia in cartilage cells

24 May 2022

Megan has successfully completed her PhD which examined the effect of pharmaceutical compounds on primary cilia - solitary hair-like structures found on most cell type. Her PhD was part of a multidisciplinary collaboration between Prof Martin Knight and Dr Cleo Bishop. Primary cilia are known to coordinate a variety of … [more]

Workshop at the Wellcome Collection, 13th May 2022

Ana Sobrido selected to participate in the workshop "Working with Creative Industries"

13 May 2022

Ana was among the selected candidates to participate in the workshop organised by Plus Funds Programme and the University of Bristol (Dr Victoria Bates) on Working with Creative Industries. The workshop runs from May 2022 to June 2023, with a variety of activities directed to understand how to develop more impactful … [more]

SEMS Researchers Showcasing their work at a recent Industrial Liaison Forum

SEMS Academics Perform Exceptionally in REF 2021

12 May 2022

The scores have been announced for REF2021. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a 7 year cycle used to measure research and determine funding in UK universities. The result for SEMS is excellent as not only have we come seventh overall in Engineering amongst all 89 universities who were being assessed in … [more]

Prof. Andrew Livingston

Professor Andrew Livingston elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

10 May 2022

The Royal Society has elected Professor Livingston, Queen Mary’s Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) and Professor of Chemical Engineering, as a new Fellow. The election is in recognition of Professor Livingston’s achievements in chemical engineering. During his distinguished career, he has worked to create new technology to … [more]

An Organ-on-a-Chip (Emulate, Inc)

Researchers at QMUL discuss the future of organ-on-a-chip models in new 'What is Biotechnology' article

6 May 2022

Prof Knight was interviewed, along with Prof Donald Ingber from the Weiss Institute and other leading figures working in the organ-on-a-chip technology, for a major new review article pubishished in 'What is biotechnology'. As the review explains, organs-on-a-chip are small devices designed to replicate key aspects of the physiological … [more]


April 2022

Muchun after her viva

Congratulations to Muchun Zhong on Passing Her PhD Viva

29 April 2022

Congratulations to Muchun Zhong passed her PhD viva on Friday 29 April 2022. Muchun’s thesis was titled "Investigation of silicon (on sapphire) with monolayers in LAPS and photoelectrochemical sensors". She was supervised by Steffi Krause and Michael Watkinson. Muchun presented her work at the International Symposium on … [more]

Research Paper 1st prize (Materials Engineering) to William Amoako Kyei-Manu, presented by Prof. Hazel Screen (Head of School)

5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium held at SEMS

27 April 2022

The 5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium was held in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 27th April 2022. Over 30 PhD students, in their 2nd and 3rd years, presented their research, to staff and students, in fields ranging from Biomedical, Materials to Mechanical and Robotics Engineering. We had a … [more]

Travis relaxing after the viva at home in the USA.

Travis Hohenberger successfully completes his PhD in the Soft Matter Group

26 April 2022

Travis Hohenberger has become the latest member of James Busfield's Research Group to pass their PhD exam. Travis completed his PhD viva on the 26th April defending a thesis entitled, "Prediction of Leakage in Elastomeric Seals for High Pressure Applications." This was the third industrially funded project … [more]

VSMC Mechanosensing

New paper on vascular smooth muscle cell pressure and stiffness sensing is published in Science Advances journal

15 April 2022

Our paper on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) pressure and stiffness sensing is out in Science Advances. Congratulations to everyone involved and especially Pamela Swiatlowska and Brian Sit who are shared first authors. Our new findings show how the progression of atherosclerosis is affected by … [more]

BEng poster prize winner, Ghala Alsaigh

BEng Research Project poster prize winners at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Selected 3rd year BEng students presented posters on their research projects at the Industrial Liaison on 6th April 2022. We had over 50 external visitors at the event from industry as well as Alumni. The posters were displayed at the Final Year Student Project Showcase in the morning, where a fantastic selection … [more]

MSc prize-winner, Ivan Tánczos

MSc Extended Research Project poster prize winners at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MSc students presented their Extended Research Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MSc projects run from semester 1 through to August, so they are currently only about half-way through their projects. Nonetheless, they were able to give an excellent account of their work so far and … [more]

MEng project presentation prize winners

MEng Group Project Presentation prize awarded at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MEng students presented their Research & Design Team Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MEng students conduct team projects in their 4th year in groups of about 5 students. Currently towards the end of their projects, they were able to present a mix of prototypes, samples … [more]

Dr Fenwick kicks off the Industrial Liaison Forum in The Octagon

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum April 2022

6 April 2022

Our bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum was held in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 6th April 2022. We received over 50 external visitors from industry as well as Alumni. The day started with our final year student project showcase, where a fantastic selection of posters were presented by our BEng and … [more]

Ana enjoying the award ceremony at Drapers' Hall

Ana Jorge Sobrido shortlisted for Education Award

6 April 2022

Congratulations to Ana who was among the nominees for an Education Award in Teaching for Sustainable Development. The award ceremony  was held in the evening of Wednesday 6 April 2022, at Drapers' Hall in The City of London. Although she was not awarded the prize, Ana is  … [more]


March 2022

Dr Eleni Costa with Tina Chowdhury (QMUL) and Prof Anna David (UCL & UCLH)

Dr Eleni Costa defends Doctoral thesis with two clinical experts

29 March 2022

Enormous congratulations to Eleni Costa who defended her Doctoral PhD thesis entitled "repair mechanisms in fetal membrane defects after trauma, strain and fetal surgery". Eleni is working with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and clinicans at SEMS (Tina Chowdhury), UCL/UCLH (Prof Anna David), KU Leuven (Prof … [more]

Logo of Royal Society

Ana J Sobrido awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant with MIT

28 March 2022

Ana has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant with MIT. This grant (March 2022 - March 2024) will start a new collaboration with Prof Brushett from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department) and his team. During this collaborative project Prof Brushett and several members of … [more]

Qian with her PhD examiners (Prof Dunn and Dr Steier) and her supervisor (Dr Ana J Sobrido)

Qian Guo passes her PhD viva

25 March 2022

Congratulations to Qian Guo for passing her viva on 25th March 2022 with Prof Steve Dunn and Dr Ludmilla Steier as examiners. Well done Qian! Qian's PhD project focused on the synthesis and study of photoelectrochemical systems based on hematite for photo-assisted water oxidation, supervised by Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido … [more]

QM Hyperlink Student Group

SEMS students working on Hyperloop project progress to the next stage of the 2022 European Hyperloop Week

24 March 2022

Hyperlink is a Queen Mary based student team developing a fully operational Hyperloop Pod prototype and researching the business, social and safety aspects of making the novel transportation system a reality. For the past two seasons, Hyperlink has been competing in the European Hyperloop Week conference. In January, the team … [more]

3D shape programmable multifunctional materials structures

Arnaud Kernin passes his PhD viva

17 March 2022

Congratulations to Arnaud Kernin for passing his PhD viva on 17 Mar 2022 with minor corrections. Arnaud researched on "Kirigami inspired 3D shape programmable multifunctional polymer nanocomposite structures", under the primary superision of Dr. Emiliano Bilotti [more]


February 2022

Features captured in supersonic closed cavity flows

Vasana M Don passes her PhD Viva

26 February 2022

Congratulations to Vasana M Don for passing her viva on Feb 24th 2022 with minor corrections. Vasana researched supersonic cavity flows using high performance simulations and experimental flow visualisation. She was supervised by Dr Fariborz Motallebi and Dr Eldad Avital. [more]

Connor's examiners were Dr Blandine Poulet (University of Liverpool) and Dr Simon Rawlinson (QMUL)

Connor Gains passes his PhD viva!

25 February 2022

Congratulations to Connor Gains for passing his viva on 25th February, with minor corrections. Connor was supervised by Prof Hazel Screen and Dr Thomas Iskratsch and funded through an EPSRC Industrial studentship working with TRB Chemedica, exploring different bio-lubricants for treating tendon injury. Connor is now working … [more]

BRONZE Level Award Certificate

Small steps to big changes – SEMS Bronze LEAF Award

17 February 2022

Among the great science that is taking place at the School of Engineering and Materials Science Queen Mary University London, we unfortunately unconsciously contribute to the growing problem of carbon footprint.  In 2014, it was estimated that overall lab plastics constitute ~ 1.8% to the global plastic waste. A new ULT freezer … [more]

The university generously provided me with a 25 year service award which I used to purchase this bench to go in a small orchard and nature reserve that I help manage in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

25 Years of Service at Queen Mary for Prof Martin Knight

16 February 2022

Professor Knight writes: "I have officially been recognised as providing service to Queen Mary for 25 years! This goes back to my post doc years holding an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship based in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials. "It has been a pleasure and a privaledge … [more]

Dr Han Zhang joins the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

Queen Mary University of London scientist appointed to the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

1 February 2022

Dr Han Zhang, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London, has been appointed as the member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Forum (ECF) in Manufacturing Research in late 2021. The EPSRC ECF in Manufacturing Research aims to … [more]


January 2022

Internationally Accredited Degree IChemE

Chemical Engineering Programmes Accredited by IChemE

28 January 2022

Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science has been granted accreditation for our Chemical Engineering programmes. The accrediting body is the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). They are the leading professional qualifying body for chemical, biochemical and process engineers. Accreditation is a mark of assurance … [more]

The in person recipients line up for a photo at the annual award ceremony. More than half of the staff in the photo are from SEMS.

SEMS Staff Receive Many Awards at the Science and Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony.

27 January 2022

The Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration took place in the Octagon to a large assembled in person gathering and was broadcast simultaneously online to an even larger audience on the 27th January 2022. SEMS had a very large number of the awards with Andrew Spowage winning the Faculty Award for Internationalisation … [more]

Covid-19 testing kit that fits into backpack

Scientists develop Covid-19 testing lab in a backpack

26 January 2022

Researchers have created a simple Covid-19 testing lab that fits into a backpack providing a cheap and effective solution for low income or remote areas. In a new study, published in PLOS ONE and the Evening Standard, scientists from Queen Mary University of London show that their lab-in-a-backpack approach … [more]

Some of SEMS' staff preparing to enter the graduation ceremony on Monday evening.

450 SEMS Alumni Graduate at Tobacco Dock

18 January 2022

It was with great relief that Queen Mary University of London was able to restart in person graduation ceremonies for the first time in more than two years at Tobacco Dock in Wapping. The first celebration for the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) students was on … [more]

Professor Sir Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj Bhadeshia

Eminent Materials Scientist Joins Queen Mary

10 January 2022

Professor Sir Harshad "Harry" Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj Bhadeshia, the Indian-British metals expert is joining Queen Mary University of London. Sir Harry will be entering the School of Engineering and Materials Science, where he will undertake research and continue to further the School’s profile and its work … [more]