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Workshop at the Wellcome Collection, 13th May 2022

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

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

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

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]

MEng project presentation prize winners

MEng Group Project Presentation prize awarded at ILF 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]

MSc prize-winner, Ivan Tánczos

MSc Extended Research Project poster prize winners at ILF 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]

BEng poster prize winner, Ghala Alsaigh

BEng Research Project poster prize winners at ILF 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]

Dr Fenwick kicks off the Industrial Liaison Forum in The Octagon

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum 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

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]

Dame Ann Dowling is awarded an honorary doctorate

During the Graduation Ceremonies at Tobacco Dock Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng was awarded a DSc(Hon Caus). Dame Ann is one of the most distinguished engineers in the UK. She was first female Professor in Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 1993 and is now … [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.

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

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]

Solar energy and wind power stations. Credit: iStock.com

Scientists create stable materials for more efficient solar cells

Crystalline silicon is the most widely used material for solar cells. However, over the last decade, perovskite solar cells, made from metal halide perovskite materials, have shown promise to make cheaper, and potentially more efficient solar cells than silicon. But whilst perovskite solar cells can now compete in terms of … [more]

Lucky after her viva

Lokeshwari Mohan passed PhD viva

Congratulations to Lokeshwari (Lucky) Mohan, who passed her PhD viva on 13th December! Lucky was co-supervised by Prof Martyn McLachlan of Imperial College and Dr Joe Briscoe on the Plastic Electronics CDT. Lucky's thesis was titled "Copper(I) thiocyanate deposited via aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition for use in … [more]

Professor Bill Bonfield FRS FREng FMedSci, second Head of Materials showing some of the materials developed by Materials at Queen Mary, including HAPEX used in over 500,000 patients worldwide

Materials Celebrates 50 Years of Graduations

50 years of Materials graduates from the Mile End Campus in London and the first cohort from Queen Mary Engineering School (QMES) at our campus at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an China were celebrated on Friday 5th November. 120 people gathered in the Octagon with another 45 people on-line to … [more]

Dr Szilágyi, FRSC

Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi admitted as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Petra Szilágyi's contributions to chemical research and education have been recognised by her admission as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Her name was included in the register section of the Times newspaper for Thursday 21st October 2021. Dr Szilágyi's research group focuses … [more]

Vector-RNA Interactome and Competitive Binding

New insights into the design of RNA delivery vectors

What happens to gene delivery vectors when they enter the cell cytoplasm? This question had remained understudied, in particular in the case of polycationic vectors. Yet it may have a significant impact on the timing and localisation of the release of RNA or DNA molecules to be delivered. The team … [more]

Energy Law Institute

Dr Joe Briscoe contributes to COP26 special edition of Queen Mary's Energy and Climate Change Law Institute Review

The Energy & Climate Change Law Institute at Queen Mary University of London are delighted to publish its law review focused on COP 26. With a foreword by Lord Carnwath CVO and introduction by guest editor Professor Stephen Tromans QC, the review takes a fresh look at what … [more]

Dr Ian Collins

Dr Ian Collins joins SEMS as Visiting Professor

SEMS welcomes Dr Ian Collins who joins as Visiting Professor Ian has recently retired from BP. Whilst at BP, Ian established and led their Upstream Chemical Sciences Unit from 2015. Ian was instrumental in diversifying Upstream chemistry into technical areas supporting the energy transition such as geothermal drilling, carbon capture, utilisation … [more]

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

Scientists create rechargeable swimming microrobots using oil and water

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]

ZT measurement chip

Aligned polymer films convert heat to electricity more efficiently

Research in the School of Engineering and Materials Science has shown a 25-fold improvement in the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) in aligned polymer films. Thermoelectric materials have the ability to convert heat in the form of temperature gradients into electricity. Research in Dr Fenwick's group has been focussing … [more]

Science & Engineering Summer Research Interns and supervisory team

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

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]

Large Eddy Simulation of an H vertical axis wind turbine, produced by Dr Yan

Special Issue "Fluid Dynamics of Renewable Energy"

A special issue in the Journal Fluids has been commissioned on Fluid Dynamics of Renewable Energy and is edited by Dr Avital and Prof Ji. Accepted papers will be offered 50% discount. Further details are on https://www.mdpi.com/journal/fluids/special_issues/Fluid_Renewable_Energy [more]

Schematic of device with output from bending

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

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]

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

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]

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Dr Joe Briscoe Receives Prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant

Dr Joe Briscoe, a Senior Lecturer in Functional Materials in SEMS, QMUL, has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) as part of the 'excellent science' pillar of the EU's current Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Dr Briscoe is one of only 327 individuals across Europe to … [more]

Dr Sobrido

Queen Mary researcher awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido from Queen Mary University of London has today been named as one of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellows for her work to develop innovative energy storage systems. The £1.4m Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) award will support Dr Sobrido’s research to develop … [more]

Thermoelectric Energy Conversion Materials Roadmap

UK Materials Science Community delivers its strategic response to net-zero emissions challenge

In May 2019 the UK Government became the first global economy to set a net zero emissions target for 2050, upgrading the previous target of delivering an 80% cut in emissions. The move followed the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) ‘Net Zero’ report. In response, the Henry Royce Institute … [more]

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QMUL MSCA Fellow selected to compete at the MSCA Falling Walls Lab 2020

The worldwide MSCA Falling Walls Lab competition will form the structure of the "MSCA 2020 - Achieving more together" Conference. Four workshops have been organised about the perspective of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, supervisors from academic institutions and non-academics. Falling Walls Lab is an international showcase for the next generation of … [more]

James Busfield FREng

James Busfield elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the 50 new Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and 3 International Fellows. James Busfield, Professor of Materials, Director of Industrial Engagement in the School of Engineering and Material Science and Yang Hao (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science) have been elected. … [more]

Pan-African competition

Queen Mary researchers launch new competition on low-cost innovation for African scientists and entrepreneurs

Researchers from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London have launched a new competition in low-cost technologies that aims to identify and develop the next generation of young scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs in Africa. This new competition, which is open to all countries in … [more]

Transmission Electron Micrograph of graphene decorated with platinum nanoparticles. The dark spots are the platinum nanoparticles and the grey sheet they lie on is the graphene support material. Credit: Patrick Cullen / Gyen Ming Angel

Scientists develop new material for longer-lasting fuel cells

In the study, published today in the journal Nanoscale, researchers produced graphene via a special, scalable technique and used it to develop hydrogen fuel cell catalysts. They showed that this new type of graphene-based catalyst was more durable than commercially available catalysts and matched their performance.  Hydrogen fuel cells convert … [more]

The launch symposium celebrated the start of the new Centre for In Vitro Predictive Models

Successful Launch of QMUL Centre for Predictive in vitro Models

The Centre for Predictive in vitro Models (CPM) was officially launched on Wednesday 22nd with an successful virtual symposium. More than 330 registrated attendees joined in to celebrate the occasion, listening to talks and participating in stimulating discussions. Introductory words from the vice principal for the faculty of Science and Engineering, … [more]

Advanced Energy Materials cover showing a 3D porous structure consisting of carbon nanotubes and graphene layers for oxygen and hydrogen electrocatalytic applications.

Advanced Energy Materials Cover on 3D Carbon Materials for Efficient Oxygen and Hydrogen Electrocatalysis

A review by Ana Jorge Sobrido (QMUL), Rhodri Jervis (UCL), Magda Titirici (ICL) et al. has been featured as the cover for the latest edition of Advanced Energy Materials journal. The cover was designed by PhD student at ICL Jingyu Fen. This review summarises the latest advances in 3D porous … [more]

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Double Success with KTP Grants Awarded

SEMS has secured two new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTPs) grants this month. This success represents a total of about £500K in grant funding and a doubling of SEMS portfolio to a total of 4 live KTP projects. This is all of the live KTP projects running at QMUL currently. The first … [more]

ILF 2020 in full swing

Another Hugely Successful ILF Completed

The School of Engineering and Materials Science hosted another successful Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) on Wednesday 26th February 2020 which attracted 85 visitors during the day. The focus was on our Taught Programme Student Projects with more than 100 of our students having the opportunity to discuss their projects with each other, QMUL … [more]

The MEng group being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs (on the right)

Robot Hand Team Wins Top Prize at ILF

A team of 4th year MEng students Jamie SENGUN, Ahmed DEIRI, Talha TAILOR, Kai PAGE & Mohammed KHAN who have been working on the "Soft 3D-printed Robotic Hand" project supervised by Dr Lorenzo Jamone & Dr Ketao Zhang won the best MEng group project prize at the Annual SEMS taught student Industrial … [more]

Networking Session in Action

Industrial Liaison Forum is a Tremendous Success

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday November 20th November in the Octagon. The event was well attended with over eighty industrialists from more than sixty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by … [more]

Professor Wen Wang elected FREng

Professor Wen Wang elected FREng

Professor Wen Wang has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering today. This is as: Wen Wang is distinguished for his insightful achievements in cardiovascular bioengineering, specifically in biofluid mechanics related to the molecular lining of blood vessels and the transport of fluid and solutes across the … [more]

Dr Fuad Alhaj Omar and Dr Joe Briscoe

Queen Mary continues to support the rebuilding of higher education in Syria

Queen Mary University of London has hosted a Syrian academic in exile, consolidating its support for academics at risk and the rebuilding of higher education in Syria. Queen Mary is among a number of British universities engaged in the Syria Programme launched by the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara) … [more]

Technology to capture energy from sea waves awarded funding

Technology to capture energy from sea waves awarded funding

A team from Queen Mary has been awarded funding to develop technology to capture energy from waves at sea. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) will grant £461,345 to the team from the School of Engineering and Materials Science to develop an adaptive hierarchical model predictive control framework for wave energy converters (WECs). … [more]

Using thermodynamic Pourbaix diagrams, scientists can squeeze catalysts inside host materials like a ship into a bottle. Credit Jingwei Hou

Scientists squeeze catalysts inside host materials like a ship into a bottle

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have found a way to place catalysts inside the tiniest pores of different host materials, a bit like when model ships are unfolded inside a bottle. When materials are confined like this on such a small scale, and without breaking the host, they … [more]

Designing a better raincoat

Designing a better raincoat

Work lead by Lorenzo Botto and Rafael Castrejón-Pita has been featured in a piece on Physics Today. Water-repellent clothing is designed to keep water droplets out while letting humidity escape.Hydrophobic fabric meets both requirements, but in striking a balance between them, it fails to repel water completely. When … [more]

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle’s grip

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle’s grip

What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists at Queen Mary University of London and University of Cambridge have created materials that can … [more]

The transformation of the MOF into a nano-diatom is much like the metamorphosis of a dragon egg into a fire-born dragon when given fire treatment in Game of Thrones

Scientists discover how a pinch of salt can improve battery performance

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries. They found that adding salt to the inside of a supermolecular sponge and then baking … [more]

Queen Mary chemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

Queen Mary chemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

Professor Magdalena Titirici, who works at Queen Mary University of London, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize winner for 2018. Professor Titirici’s research group mimics the natural process of carbon formation in the lab – a process that takes millions of years in Nature. The resulting carbon is then … [more]

A promotional shot of the rollercoaster. [David Parry/PA Wire]

Queen Mary researcher helps develop rollercoaster which charges your phone

A researcher from Queen Mary University of London has used his expertise in energy harvesting applications to help develop a rollercoaster which charges your phone. Dr Joe Briscoe, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, was approached by Thorpe Park Resort to work on their latest ride ‘The Walking … [more]

Professor Magda Titirici

Advanced Newton Fellowship grant awarded to Professor Magda Titirici

Professor Magda Titirici has been successful in her application for an Advanced Newton Fellowship grant to support collaborations with Prof. Xinchen Wang’s group at the College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University on “Carbon Dots for Photocatalysis”. The grant is worth £130,000 and is the third successful Advanced Newton Fellowship for Magda’… [more]

Institute of Mechanical Engineers confirms accreditation of SEMS programmes

Institute of Mechanical Engineers confirms accreditation of SEMS programmes

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has confirmed the accreditation details for our programmes following their re-accreditation visit to SEMS in November. Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are … [more]

Students talking to an alumni visitor about career options after QMUL

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum is a Great Success

The Spring SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum was a very popular event again this year. In the morning the annual taught student showcase took place in the Octagon which was followed in the afternoon by a wide range of alumni lead panel and networking sessions. There was also an Industrial Advisory … [more]

Sabina at the London heat of  the IOM Young Person's Lecture Competition

SEMS PhD student wins London heat of IOM Young Person’s Lecture Competition 2018

Sabina Nicolae, a SEMS PhD student supervised by Magda Titirici and Ana Jorge Sobrido, has won the London heat of the IOM Young Person’s Lecture Competition (YPLC) 2018. The YPLC invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, … [more]

Xuan Li

PhD success for Xuan Li!

Many congratulations to SEMS student Xuan Li! Xuan has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, “Design and development of hybrid energy harvesters”. Xuan was supervised by Dr Joe Briscoe and Prof Steve Dunn. [more]

Professor Magdalena Titirici receiving her award

SEMS academic Professor Magdalena Titirici receives 2017 USERN prize in physical sciences

Professor Magdalena Titirici, was honourably introduced as the third female USERN laureate. The Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) was inaugurated in 2015 as an independent organisation with the main purpose of peaceful and humanitarian promotion of education and research, universally. The USERN prize is an international award, established by … [more]

Soft robots for manipulation developed by Professor Kaspar Althoefer at ARQ

QMUL awarded £1m grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) has been awarded a £1m grant to help set-up a world-leading centre of excellence for nuclear robotics in the UK. ARQ is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary research centre, bringing Queen Mary robotics activities under one roof. ARQ's activities span across the School of … [more]

Professor Titirici with the laurel wreath received at the ceremony.

SEMS academic Professor Magdelena Titirici awarded honorary PhD from Stockholm University

SEMS academic Professor Magdelena Titirici has received a prestigious Honorary PhD from Stockholm University for her work in sustainable materials for renewable energy. She was awarded the degree from the Natural Science Faculty (Chemistry) in recognition of her collaborative research efforts with the Swedish institution. Professor Titirici was named among … [more]

Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

Supercapacitors promise recharging of phones and other devices in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours for batteries. But current technologies are not usually flexible, have insufficient capacities, and for many their performance quickly degrades with charging cycles. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of … [more]

Servann Herou with his award

PhD student Servann Herou wins best poster award at the Faraday Discussion Meeting

Congratulations to our PhD student Servann Herou who has won the best poster award at the Faraday Discussion Meeting Bio-Resources: Feeding a Sustainable Chemical Industry. The event organised by The Royal Society of Chemistry took place in London between 19-21 June 2017. The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday … [more]

The Larkfleet Solar Steam prototype

Mexican solar steam project wins funding

A revolutionary solar thermal technology is to be tested in Mexico, thanks to funding secured by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and industry partner Larkfleet Ltd. The funding, provided by Innovate UK, the Newton Fund and the National Science and Technology Council in Mexico (CONACYT) will allow an already … [more]