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SEMS bids farewell to Prof Ton Peijs

After nearly 20 years of great service to QMUL, we announce that Prof. Ton Peijs will be leaving SEMS for a new role at Warwick University in January 2019. Ton has been an inspirational research leader in SEMS, not only evidenced through his research group which has clearly had a significant impact ... [more]

New video report on soft robotics for keyhole surgery

Breaking news on the EU robotics project STIFF-FLOP Research on soft robotics for keyhole surgery by Professor Althoefer, head of Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) is highlighted in the new TechRepublic video on '5 things to know about soft robotics': 1. It doesn't mean pillows. 2. Search and rescue. 3. Medicine. (STIFF-FLOP features ... [more]

Congratulations to Yaqiong Wang

Congratulations to Dr. Yaqiong Wang who successfully completed her PhD viva on Monday 27 Nov 2018, with thesis entitled 'Effect of Polar Structure on Photocatalytic Properties of Oxide Powders and Films'. She was supervised by Haixue Yan, Steve Dunn and Joe Briscoe. [more]

Yinping Tao passes her PhD

Yinping Tao has successfully completed her PhD viva today on a thesis entitled, "Predicting the fatigue life and introducing structural health monitoring in cord reinforced rubber composites." She was supervised by James Busfield and Emiliano Bilotti and was also significantly supported by Ton Peijs and Han Zhang. Yinping's work has ... [more]

Liz Tanner attends Service to celebrate Year of Engineering

Liz Tanner was one of the 2000 guests at the ecumenical "National Service to Celebrate the Year of Engineering" held at Westminster Abbey. The address was given by Dame Anne Dowling OM DBDE FRS FREng President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. One of the lessons was read by Chris Grayling, ... [more]

Yi Liu passes her PhD

Yi Liu has successfully completed her PhD viva today with a thesis entitled, "Flexible Self-regulating Heating Composites." She was supervised by Emiliano Bilotti and James Busfield but was also significantly supported by Han Zhang and Ton Peijs. Yi's work on optimising the mechanical and pyroresistive behaviour of conductive polymer composites ... [more]

Hugh Boys passes his PhD

Hugh Boys has passed his PhD today. His project was funded by the EPSRC MAT Programme grant. The examiners (Giuseppe Zurlo, National University of Ireland and Kaspar Althoefer, QMUL) noted, "Hugh did a lot of thorough work. The systems engineering was very impressive combining a low-cost tracking system, tactile rendering ... [more]

Two Materials Graduates win National Awards

Adaeze Siwoniku has been awarded the Royal Charter Award of the IOM3 for being the best materials graduate in the UK in 2018 and Ruhi Patel has been awarded the RH Craven Award of the IOM3 for being the best graduate in the UK in Polymer Materials. James Busfield noted, "It ... [more]

Queen Mary jointly hosts Sino-UK Symposium on advanced materials and structures

Nine academics from Queen Mary University of London presented at the Sino-UK Symposium attended by prestigious researchers and enterprises in thermoelectrics and advanced materials from China and the United Kingdom. The Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures and UK-China Partnership Forum in Themoelectrics and Clean Energy took place in ... [more]

Professor Cees Bastiaansen awarded Swinburne Medal from Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Professor Cees Bastiaansen was awarded the Swinburne medal on Tuesday evening at a gala dinner at the IOM3 HQ in London. The award recognises the achievement of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and knowledge of any field related to the science, engineering or technology ... [more]

Professor Kaspar Althoefer interviewed about robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

Professor Kaspar Althoefer was interviewed about his research on soft robotics for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. "We wanted to take our inspiration from biology – so octopus tentacles were our inspiration....making something that was made of soft materials, to achieve more dexterous behaviour but also to increase patient safety." The ... [more]

Queen Mary researchers nominated for £200K science prize

Two researchers from Queen Mary University of London are part of a team that is shortlisted to win a £200,000 science prize for their work in creating sustainable energy storage technologies from palm tree residue in Colombia.  Professor Magda Titirici and co-investigator Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido, both from Queen Mary’s ... [more]

Congratulations to Giovanni Santagiuliana

Congratulations to Dr. Giovanni Santagiuliana who passed his PhD viva on Fri 21 Sept. Giovanni did a PhD on "Preparation, Characterisation, and Modelling of Graphene-based Polymer Nanocomposites with Enhanced Mechanical and Electrical Properties" under the supervision of Emiliano Bilotti, Nicola Pugno and Ton Peijs. [more]

New Paper Accepted

Congratulations to Renjie (Jacky) Lui for the acceptance of his paper "Guided cell attachment via aligned electrospinning of glycopolymers" in MacroMolecular Bioscience. The work constitutes a large part of his PhD which he submitted earlier this month. Lui R, Becer CR, Screen HRC (2018) Guided cell attachment via aligned electrospinning of ... [more]

Liz Tanner Returns to QMUL

After just over 11 years at the University of Glasgow, Liz Tanner has returned to School of Engineering and Materials Science to become the first Bonfield Professor of Biomedical Materials. Liz's first job was as a post doc in Bill Bonfield's Biomaterials Group, before the foundation of the IRC in Biomedical ... [more]

Queen Mary opens international teaching and learning centre in China

Queen Mary University of London has opened an International Centre for Teaching and Learning (ICTL) with one of China’s top universities, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU).   The Centre, which launched on 25 June, will form part of the Queen Mary University of London Engineering School of NPU (QMES), a Sino-foreign Joint ... [more]

Analytical Chemistry paper accepted

Ying's paper on Light-Addressable Potentiometric Sensors (LAPS) using ZnO Nanorods as the Sensor Substrate for Bioanalytical Applications has been accepted by Analytical Chemistry. In this work, for the first time, a 1D material - ZnO nanorods with a high aspect ratio - was developed as a new substrate material for ... [more]

Richard Windslow passes his PhD

Dr Richard Windslow has successfully defended his PhD thesis on "Computational Modelling of Fracture Processes in Elastomeric Seals." This project was sponsored by Schlumberger, the worlds largest oilfield services company. They have a significant interest in predicting the lifetime of a very diverse range of elastomer components. Richard was supervised ... [more]

QMUL team at EuroEAP

Three current students (Hugh, Leihao and Michele) and two former students (Gabriele and Luigi) from QMUL met up at EuroEAP 2018 with Prof Federico Carpi (now at the University of Florence) and Prof James Busfield in Lyon. Luigi won the best presentation award this year which followed on from Michele winning ... [more]

Queen Mary awarded funding to build instrument which will revolutionise monitoring of cellular processes

Queen Mary University of London has been awarded funding to lead a joint project to build an instrument which will revolutionise the monitoring of cellular processes in tissues that line organs. The grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has a total value of £823,329 over three years, ... [more]

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

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]

Dr Andy Bushby wins Innovation of the Year Award

Dr Andy Bushby, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, was presented with the 2018 Innovation of the Year Award for his project 'Weight-saving metal components achieved by length-scale engineering' at the QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Awards. He has developed a simple manufacturing process for complex 3D shaped metal engineering ... [more]

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]

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]

Marie Curie Fellowship Award for Dr Luming Zhao

Congratulations to Dr Luming Zhao, who has been awarded a two-year H2020 Marie Curie Fellowship (€200k), supervised by Dr Lei Su, Prof Martin Knight and Dr Manoj Ramachandran. He will develop novel compact optical fibre lasers for clinical imaging and laser surgery. [more]

Best MEng Group in SEMS Award

At the Spring Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) event all the 4th year MEng group project students in SEMS had the opportunity to present their projects and compete for the DePuy Synthes Group Project Prize. The standard was once again very high this year but after careful deliberations the award for ... [more]

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]

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]

Professor Gleb Sukhorukov reaches an h-index of 95

Congratulations to Professor Gleb Sukhorukov whose h-index has recently reached 95, as per Google Scholar. The h-index is a numerical indicator of how productive and influential a researcher is. Gleb is author and co-author of more than 300 papers whose impact is reflected in more than 30 000 citations of his works. He pioneered ... [more]

Materials expert joins Queen Mary University of London

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE, FREng, FRS, the renowned British physicist and materials expert, is set to join Queen Mary University of London as Professor of Materials Science. Working in the School of Engineering and Materials Science from 1 March 2018, he will be responsible for raising the profile of Materials Science ... [more]

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]

Queen Mary cements Chinese partnership with a new Joint Research Institute

On 12 December, Queen Mary University of London hosted an awards ceremony with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) to mark progress in establishing a Joint Research Institute (JRI) in the fields of Advanced Materials and Structures. Led by SEMS Professor Mike Reece, the JRI seeks to serve China’s “One Belt and ... [more]

New molecular printing technology could recreate complex chemical environments that resemble the human body

New patterning technology which could open opportunities to recreate complex biological environments has been developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). '3DEAL' is a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter, such as hydrogels, with microscale resolution and up ... [more]

Researchers discover process of creating ‘tempered optical lenses’ underwater

A researcher from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) was part of a team, led by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, that has figured out the unique protective mechanism of highly resistant lenses located on the arms of a species of brittle ... [more]

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]

PhD success for SEMS student Fan Wu

Congratulations to Fan Wu for successfully defending her PhD thesis “Investigation of light-addressable potentiometric sensors for electrochemical imaging based on different semiconductor substrates”. Fan was supervised by Steffi Krause and Michael Watkinson. [more]

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

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]

Professor Nicola Pugno wins the IOM3's Griffith Medal & Prize

Professor of Materials Science Nicola Pugno has won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's prestigious Griffith Medal. The award is given in recognition of distinguished work that has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science and is an incredible achievement. Nicola has innovated ... [more]