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Dr Maria Romero-González. Her inspirational quote: 'I get paid to think...'

Dr Maria Romero-González features in 1 Million Women in STEM campaign

Dr Maria Romero-González has been featured in the 1 million Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) global campaign as a role model for the next generation of girls aspiring to enter these areas. The campaign is seeking to increase the visibility of women working in STEM through showcasing ... [more]

Tianjun Liu

Tianjun Liu Passes his PhD Viva

Tiajun Liu has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Thermoelectric Materials". His thesis was already selected as the best in the Materials Division this year and his work has been published in Nature Communications, Nanoscale, Advanced Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and other journals. Tianjun has been an integral ... [more]

Thibault at the Plastic Electronic Materials Winter School in Switzerland

Thibault Degousée successfully passes his PhD viva

Thibault Degousée has successfully defended his PhD thesis on "Organic thermoelectric materials". His work covered structure-property relationships in polymer materials used to convert waste heat into electricity. Thibault was employed on a SEMS studentship, but also travelled to Italy several times to conduct X-ray scattering experiments through the Royal ... [more]

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Queen Mary Confirms Position Among World's Best Universities

QMUL has climbed twelve places up the QS 2021 World University Rankings, published on Wednesday 10 June, to confirm its position as one of the world’s top universities. The University placed 114th in the world and remains in the top 20 in the UK. The Complete University Guide for 2021 was also released ... [more]

Clockwise, from top left: keratinocytes deforming protein nanosheets on top of an oil droplet (Gautrot lab), fibroblasts forming a network in a hydrogel (S.Lopategui, Iskratsch lab), cardiomyocytes contracting soft polymers (with titin doublets resolved at approximately 160nm distance, I.Xanthis, Iskratsch lab) and flat worm larvaes (A.Carrillo-Baltodano, Martin lab, SBCS), all imaged with the Nikon SoRa super-resolution spinning disc microscope

New state-of-the-art microscope to support research in the School of Engineering and Materials Science

Queen Mary underlined its strong commitment to the ongoing research in SEMS by investing into a £375K state-of-the-art super-resolution spinning disc microscope. Microscopy imaging approaches have long been a major research strength within the school, facilitating new collaborative links and supporting significant research funding and outputs in leading journals. The ... [more]

Crystal structure of a 1-dimensional organometal halide semiconductor

Renewal of Royal Society University Research Fellowship for Dr Fenwick to study low dimensional energy materials

Nanomaterials have dimensions less than 100 billionths of a metre, and on these length scales they can acquire completely new properties. Examples include metal quantum dots less than 10 nanometres in diameter which emit light, or graphene which, being a single layer of carbon atoms, is nano-sized in one dimension and exhibits ... [more]

Team AlgaX: Ahmad, Abdinasir, Lucas and Marcos (L-R).

SEMS Students Win Global Entrepreneurship Challenge - The Hult Prize 2020

The Hult Prize is the largest socio-entrepreneurship student competition in the world. The 2019 Hult Prize Challenge was announced by President Bill Clinton at the United Nations. This was an invitation to student teams around the world to develop innovations that can be scaled to improve the lives of millions whilst ... [more]

Scientists at Queen Mary developed extremely energy-efficient manufacturing for future composites, reported by the Materials World magazine in its latest issue

Research led by Dr Han Zhang at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London, has devised a sustainable manufacturing method for future composites towards the clean growth of the composite sector. An extremely energy-efficient and intrinsically safe curing process has been developed based on nanostructured ... [more]

‘Magnetically responsive’ microscopic drug carrier

Researchers use magnetism to keep drugs at disease sites

The researchers were able to use magnetism to hold ‘magnetically responsive’ microscopic drug carriers at chosen sites, even in the presence of external forces, such as flowing liquid, which would normally displace them. They also found that magnetism restricted the movement of cells containing these drug capsules. This suggests that ... [more]

New study reveals unexpected softness of bilayer graphene. Credit: theasis/ iStock.com

New study reveals unexpected softness of bilayer graphene

In the study, published in the journal Physical Review B, the researchers showed that bilayer graphene, consisting of two layers of graphene, was noticeably softer than both two-dimensional (2D) graphene and three-dimensional (3D) graphite along the stacking direction. This surprising result differs from previous research which showed that 2D graphene, ... [more]

Humaira Patel

SEMS student Humaira Patel was a runner up in the The McLaren Future Mobility Challenge

Humaira Patel, a second year mechanical engineering student, entered for The McLaren Future Mobility Challenge category of The Telegraph newspaper's STEM Awards 2020. Humaira applied her knowledge of materials engineering, gained from her Engineering Materials for Design module, to propose an idea for the automotive sector - using spider silks as ... [more]

Ralph and his wife Valmai on a recent boat trip.

Dr Ralph Stevens

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr Ralph Stevens. Ralph arrived to Queen Mary in 1964 as a lecturer in The Department of Mechanical Engineering, from where he went on to help establish the Materials Department. Prof Bill Bonfield (former Head of Materials) notes that, “Ralph ... [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]

New date announced

New date for World Biomaterials Congress 2020 announced

The World Biomaterials Congress with Liz Tanner as a member of the Executive Committee has been postponed from May to December 2020 due to Covid-19. The new dates are Thursday 11th December to Wednesday 16th December. The programme will be similar but there will be new events announced nearer the time. [more]

Michele relaxing with a friend

Michele Ghilardi successfully completes his PhD in the Soft Matter Group

Michele Ghilardi became the third of James Busfield's PhD students to pass his PhD already in 2020. Michele completed his PhD viva on the 16th March defending a thesis entitled, "Soft smart machines: electrically tuneable devices made of electro-responsive elastomeric smart materials." Michele was also significantly supported by Prof Federico Carpi ... [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]

Thomas (right) and Corina (middle) being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs.

3rd Year Project Poster Winners Announced

The Spring Industrial Liaison Forum one again played host to the 3rd year project student poster showcase. Two winners were selected from the 300+ posters that were submitted. These were from Thomas Kellock for his poster on "Spiral Microfluidics for Circulating Tumour Cell Isolation" who is supervised by Yi Sui and ... [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]

Barnabas Shaw (left) and Leihao Chen (right) celebrating their double PhD viva successes together.

Double Soft Matter Group PhD Success for Barnabas Shaw and Leihao Chen

Barnabas Shaw and Leihao Chen have both successfully passed their PhD vivas within a week of each other. Barnabas completed his PhD viva on the 10th January with a thesis entitled, "Characterisation of Elastomers for Dynamic Sealing Applications ." Leihao completed his PhD viva on the 17th January with a thesis ... [more]

Diagram showing how thermoelectric materials use differences in temperature to generate electricity

Fine-tuning thermoelectric materials for cheaper renewable energy

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed new thermoelectric materials, which could provide a low-cost option for converting heat energy into electricity.  Materials known as halide perovskites have been proposed as affordable alternatives to existing thermoelectric materials, however so far research into their suitability for thermoelectric applications has ... [more]

Liz presents plans for 2020

Planning Meeting for World Biomaterials Congress

On 3 and 4 December the Executive Committee, Liz Tanner, Lucy Di Silvio King's and Nicholas Dunne Dublin City University for the 2020 World Biomaterials Congress meet in Glasgow. We have received over 2,800 abstracts with spaces for 1,200 Oral presentations so have offered the remainder Poster Presentations. The e-mails should be sent before Christmas ... [more]

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SEMS academics presenting at "2019 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures & Sustainable and Green Manufacturing Forum"

Earlier this month, more than 15 academics from SEMS have attended the “2019 Sino-UK Symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures & Sustainable and Green Manufacturing Forum” at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China. This international workshop was organised by the Joint Research Institute (JRI) between QMUL and NPU, following three successful workshops held in ... [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]

From left to right Valeriia Kudriavtceva, Megan McFie, Julia Strudwick from Polymax, Hudair Samad  and Prof Martin Knight

Award Winning Research Students in SEMS

At the SEMS annual research led Industrial Liaison Forum, there was a research showcase from 80 of our current PhD students. The panel of judges this year were made up a wide range of academics from each division. They decided after a careful deliberation to award the following prizes: 1st Prize: ... [more]

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Croissant making inspires renewable energy solution

The art of croissant making has inspired researchers from Queen Mary University of London to find a solution to a sustainable energy problem. Croissants are made by pressing and folding dough to create a layered pastry. The researchers applied this technique to a dielectric capacitor, which is a device that ... [more]

AC photocurrent imaging at an epitaxial layer of InGaN/GaN on sapphire was shown to be sensitive to the impedance of a polymer dot and the negative surface charge of an isolated cell. AC photocurrents were excited with a focused, intensity-modulated 405 nm laser and measured with a lock-in amplifier. Images were obtained by measuring the photocurrent while moving the electrochemical cell with respect to the laser beam using an XYZ positioning system.

InGaN suitable as a substrate for photoelectrochemical imaging in life sciences

Bo's paper on the use of InGaN as the semiconductor substrate for AC photoelectrochemical imaging has been accepted by Sensors. AC photocurrent imaging at metal oxide semiconductors auch as ITO and ZnO nanorods has been shown to suitable for bioimaging applications such as the measurement of the negative surface charge ... [more]

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Lei Su nominated as committee member of IEEE Photonics Conference Council

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Conference Council regularly review the Society's meetings portfolio, including major conferences in the field of Photonics. The Conference Council is also responsible for reviewing and approving requests for technical co-sponsorship, Chairs and Representatives for selected conferences, and location and venue selections for the ... [more]

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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]

The Queen Mary research shows that graphene is 3D as well as 2D. Credit: Yiwei Sun

Graphene is 3D as well as 2D

Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. Realising that it is ... [more]

The Queen Mary research shows that graphene is 3D as well as 2D. Credit: Yiwei Sun

Graphene is 3D as well as 2D

Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. Realising that it is a 3D material is important for understanding its mechanical properties and for developing novel graphene-based devices. Often hailed as a ‘wonder material’, graphene ... [more]

SMG Old & New

SMG reunion after IRC2019

16 current and former QMUL Soft Matter Group members met up for a reunion in a traditional London pub after the closure of IRC2019 in London. Shown in the photo are all the current group members plus former colleagues including from the right (Dae Un Sung, Keizo Akutagawa, Lewis Tunnicliffe, David ... [more]

Leihao Chen (centre) being congratulated with the other prize winners by Prof Jacques Noordermeer, the Executive Chairman of IRCO (left) and Steve Sheppard, the CEO of Derby Rubber (right), the two prize sponsors.

Leihao Chen Wins Best Student Presentation Award at IRC2019

Leihao Chen won the IRCO Prize for the best student presentation at the International Rubber Conference 2019 for his paper on "Changes in Optical Transmission of a Soft Membrane Using a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator." The judges commented that Leihao's work was not only professionally prepared but it was the most significant ... [more]

Eduardo (2nd right) being congratulated with the other prize winners by Prof Jacques Noordermeer, the Executive Chairman of IRCO (left) and Steve Sheppard, the CEO of Derby Rubber (right), the two prize sponsors.

Eduardo Yanes Nunez Wins Best Student Poster Award at IRC2019

Eduardo Yanes Nunez won the IRCO Prize for the best student poster presentation at the annual International Rubber Conference 2019 hosted this year in London for his paper on "Friction Characterisation of Elastomers." Eduardo's supervisor, Prof James Busfield commented that Eduardo's work is concerned with the very practical problem of measuring ... [more]

Prof James Busfield giving  the welcome address at IRC2019

Prof James Busfield Chairs the International Rubber Conference 2019 in London

The largest International Rubber Conference (IRC) in the UK this century took place from the 2nd to the 5th September 2019 at the Oval cricket ground in London. Prof James Busfield was the co-chair for the event which attracted 150 oral presentations, 65 posters, 50 exhibitors and 600 delegates. This conference moves around the world ... [more]

Chlorhexidine crystals grown on surface of implant (magnification increases from left to right)

Licence Agreement signed with Schottlander dental company

Queen Mary University of London has signed IP transfer agreement on "Sustained Release Chlorhexidine Particles Technology" with Schottlander company for dental applications. Inventors are Prof. Gleb Sukhorukov and Dong Luo (former PhD student, now postdoc in Case Western Uni) together with Dr. Mike Cattell and Dr. Saroash Shahid from Institute ... [more]

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Liz Tanner gives Lecture in Sichuan University

While in China to present the 11th World Biomaterials Congress 2020 to the Chinese Society for Biomaterials, Liz Tanner also visited Professor Zhang Xingdong (former Research Visitor to the Department of Materials) at Sichuan University and gave a lecture entitled "Composite Materials for Bone Augmentation". [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]

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Interview by Kaspar Althoefer on soft robot prosthetics

Kaspar Althoefer was interviewed by talkRADIO on Robots-based Prosthetics. Listen to the interview on https://talkradio.co.uk/radio/listen-again/1564066800#, at 18:22:00. He talks about the advancements in the field, including the new Soft Robotics approach taken at the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ). [more]

Characterising Paragraf graphene using a range of techniques

Queen Mary and Paragraf awarded £500,000 to explore using Graphene to replace rare metal Indium

Queen Mary University of London and the graphene-device company Paragraf have been awarded £500,000 by Innovate UK to explore using graphene to replace the rare metal Indium. The Queen Mary research will be led by Sir Colin Humphreys from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, with co-investigators Dr Oliver Fenwick ... [more]

Biomin toothpaste developed by Robert Hill and staff at Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary Dental Professor becomes first British winner of prestigeous Varshneya Award

Professor Hill, the first British scientist to win this award, was presented with his prize at the 25th International Glass Congress in Boston. The Award was made by the American Ceramic Society.  An expert on fluorine containing glasses and glass-ceramics, Professor Hill initially worked on high fluorine content glasses used ... [more]

Protease sensitive hydrogels based on peptide cross-linked poly(2-oxazoline) co-polymer

ACS Biomacromolecules paper on peptide cross-linked poly(2-oxazoline) as a sensor material for the detection of proteases accepted

Norlaily Ahamad's paper on peptide cross-linked poly(2-oxazoline) as a sensor material for the detection of proteases has been accepted by Biomacromolecules. Increased levels of active proteases are frequently associated with inflammatory conditions, and there is increasing demand for point of care devices for monitoring inflammation. Norlaily cross-linked a poly(2... [more]

Muchun answering questions at the end of her talk.

Muchun and Bo present at the XXV. International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics in Limerick

Muchun Zhong's and Bo Zhou's presentations were well received by the Bioelectrochemistry community. Muchun presented her work on light-addressable potentiometric sensors for the detection of zinc, and Bo talked about photoelectrochemical imaging with iron oxide nanorods. [more]

Microvascularised organ-on-chip platform developed in the Gautrot Lab

Funding awarded to develop kidney-on-a-chip for animal free drug testing

A Queen Mary researcher has been awarded funding to develop artificial kidneys, known as kidney-on-a-chip, to avoid testing drugs on animals. Dr Julien Gautrot, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, was awarded the £50,000 grant from The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (... [more]

Pictured at the award ceremony (from left to right) are:  Emiliano, Harshit (holding the trophy), Jan Stringer (our KTP advisor) and James.

Materials science research project wins national Engineering Excellence Award

A Queen Mary research project has won a national Engineering Excellence Award at Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Best of the Best awards. The award was presented at The Royal Society of Chemistry in London to LMK Thermosafe, which entered into a KTP with Queen Mary and KTP ... [more]

A close-up of Dr Hing's stamp

Synthetic bone graft research gets stamp of approval

The pioneering work of a Queen Mary researcher has been celebrated with a stamp as part of a new series launched by Royal Mail. The six stamp set, launched today, marks innovations in British engineering from the last 50 years including the development of a synthetic bone graft by Dr Karin ... [more]

Alan speaking at a Rubber in Engineering Group meeting in London in 2007

Prof Alan Thomas (1927 – 2019)

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Prof Alan Thomas (1927 – 2019). Prof Thomas was one of the world’s leading rubber physicists. His career started as a Physics graduate from Brasenose College at Oxford University from where he moved into a position working for the British Rubber ... [more]

The negative surface charge of the cell reduces the amount of hydroxide ions diffusing to the sensor surface thereby decreasing the local photocurrent.

First report of cell surface charge mapping with a photoelectrochemical imaging system appears in Analytical Chemistry

Fan's and Bo's paper on the photoelectrochemical imaging of cell surface charges has been been accepted by Analytical Chemistry. Photoanodic currents at indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass immersed in an electrolyte solution were shown to be sensitive to surface charge, pH and impedance. Our laser scanning setup allows photoelectrochemical ... [more]

From let to right: Mark Newton (Managing Director, LMK), Dr Harshit Porwal & Jamie Evans (Development Manager, LMK) holding innovative products developed during the KTP.

KTP Project in SEMS Shortlisted for Award

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has announced that the recently completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between LMK Thermosafe Ltd and QMUL has been shortlisted for their Exceptional Engineering Excellence Award. The research associate during the KTP was Dr Harshit Porwal, who now works for the company as a Business Unit ... [more]

Mock circulatory system used to demonstrate targetted drug delivery

SEMS researchers demonstrate targeted drug delivery at TeenTech London

SEMS researchers demonstrated a working model of drug delivery using magnetic nanoparticles at a TeenTech event in The Emirates Stadium. The event was attended by several hundred of school children who had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities. SEMS researchers used a mock circulatory system to demonstrate how drugs ... [more]

Principle of the collagenase sensor

Norlaily's paper about collagenase sensor accepted

Our paper entitled 'Collagenase Biosensor Based on the Degradation of Peptide Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Films' written by Norlaily Ahmad, Burcu Colak, De-Wen Zhang, Michael Watkinson, Remzi Becer, Julien Gautrot and Steffi Krause has been published in Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1677; doi:10.3390/s19071677. Peptide cross-linked hydrogels were deposited on gold coated, piezoelectric ... [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]

Rashna being congratulated by Dr Carolyn Small from Arconic, who is the Chair of the Materials Division Industrial Advisory Board.

3rd Year Project Poster Winners Announced

The Spring Industrial Liaison Forum played host to the 3rd year project student poster showcase. This year two winners were selected from the 300+ posters that were submitted. These were from Fatou CHANG for her poster on "Solar drier for agricultural food preservation in developing countries" who is supervised by Henri ... [more]

Moresche's Poster from the ILF

Moresche Bartley wins the best MSc student Poster Award

Moresche Bartley won the best MSc student prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum in SEMS for her poster called, "An in vitro study of myocyte and fibroblast co-culture response to degraded Mg alloy". Her project is being supervised by Prof. Liz Tanner [more]

The KYKLO team presenting their ideas at the ILF

Bike Design Team Wins Top Prize

A team of 4th year students: Arya LI, Bijoy DAS, Lydia DENTON & Yue MENG, who have been working on project to design a totally new road bike have won the top prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum. The students, supervised by Dr. Emiliano Bilotti and Dr. Han Zhang, presented their ... [more]

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SEMS PhD student takes his research to Parliament

PhD student Thibault Degousée presented his results at the STEM For Britain event in the Palace of Westminster. Thibault's work examines the possibility of generating electricity from waste heat using thermoelectric polymers. This event aims to present “ground-breaking” and frontier UK research and R&D to Members of both ... [more]

Norlaily and Steffi after the viva

Norlaily Ahmad passes her PhD viva

Congratulations to Norlaily Ahmad who passed her PhD viva today. Norlaily's thesis title is "Biosensor for matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) based on peptide-linked polymers". She was supervised by Steffi Krause and Remzi Becer and also had significant input from Julien Gautrot and Michael Watkinson. She presented her work at two international ... [more]

Women in STEM committee after the talk

Liz talks at Bristol University Women in STEM event

On Tuesday 5th February Liz Tanner gave a talk in the Senate House at Bristol University to the student's Women in STEM society as part of the Women in Conversation week of talks. A lively discussion afterwards with enthusiastic students from first year undergraduates to PhD students. [more]

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Feng Yang passes her PhD

Dr Feng Yang has successfully completed her corrections having defended her PhD thesis entitled "The Synergistic effect of Bone Graft Substitute Architecture and Mechanical Environment on hMSCs Responses in vitro". Her research on the development of 3D bioreactors to facilitate in vitro investigation of bone graft substitute bioactivity demonstrated the ... [more]

Bi-layer graphene

Properties of ‘wonder material’ graphene change in humid conditions

Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London. The ‘wonder material’, which is made from carbon and was discovered in 2004, is hailed for many of its extraordinary characteristics including being stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, light, flexible and transparent. ... [more]

Prof. Ton with colleagues celebrating his 20 year contribution to SEMS

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]

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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]

Yaqiong (left) with her examiners: Prof. Chris Bowen (University of Bath) and Prof. Wenhui Song (University College London)

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]

Dr Yinping (front left) with her supervisors and the other Soft Matter Group members. Included in the picture are Dr Hugh and Dr Yi who also had vivas in the last week.

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]

View of the altar waiting for the service to start

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 (front row second from the right) with many members of the polymer and composite research group after her successful thesis defence.

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 is photographed with his two examiners, Kaspar (on the left) and Guiseppe (on the right) in teh SEMS lab where he made all his devices.

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]

Adaeze being awarded the Royal Charter Award by the IOM3 President Martin Cox

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]

President and Principal, Professor Colin Bailey with Honorary Professor Wang Jinsong, 2017

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]

In the photo Cees (on the left) with three previous recipients of the award, Stuart Patrick (Chairman of the Polymer Society), Prof Ton Peijs and Prof Phil Coates.

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 Althoefer

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]

L-R: Professor Diana Lopez, Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido and Professor Magda Titirici

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]

Dr. Giovanni Santagiuliana

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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

The enzymatic degradation of a polymer was monitored with LAPS images recorded using ZnO nanorods.

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 attending IRC2016 in Japan (2nd on the right) with Yinping, Francesca and Barnabas

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]

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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]

A close-up of the enamel-like material

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone. Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for ... [more]

The instrument will combine two electrochemical imaging techniques which measure cell responses on the top and bottom layer

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]

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]

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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]

Andy Bushby receiving the Award from Graeme Browne, Director of Queen Mary Innovation.

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]

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]

Marie Currie Actions H2020

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 from the 2018 ILF

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]

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]

Professor Gleb Sukhorukov

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]

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys

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]

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 Colin Bailey with Honorary Professor Wang Jinsong

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]

Fluorescently-labeled protein patterns within different types of 3D hydrogels

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]

Ophiocoma wendtii. Photo: Luis Gustavo Lira

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]

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]

Fan Wu with the external examiner, Prof. Torsten Wagner and Dr Steffi Krause.

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]

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]

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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 M Pugno

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]