Centre for Sustainable Engineering


Carlos after passing his PhD viva with supervisor Ana Jorge Sobrido and examiners Guanjie He and Oliver Fenwick

Carlos Mingoes passes his PhD Viva

Carlos defended his PhD project on the 1st June 2023 and passed with very minor corrections - well done Carlos, many congratulations! His PhD studied the electron spin selectivity through chirality and probed the effect of electrons spin selectivity on oxygen evolution reaction. Carlos was supervised by Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido. [more]

Success in Faculty of Science and Engineering's BAME Undergraduate Research Internships

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) has been successful in securing a BAME undergraduate research studentship for a summer internship research project to be undertaken by first year BEng Mechanical Engineering student Mr. Ismail Moalin, under the joint supervision of Dr. Rehan Shah and Prof. Henri Huijberts from … [more]

From left to right: Dr Wei Tan (staff), Dr Yinping Tao (alumni), Afni Restasari (PhD), Rattapong Numard (PhD), Dr Menglong Huang (alumni), Dr Khai Nguyen (alumni), Dr Hediyeh Zahabi (alumni), Eathan Plaschka (PhD), Dr Lewis Tunnicliffe (alumni), Dr Sara Naderizadeh (PDRA), Dr Anureet Kaur (alumni and PDRA), Prof James Busfield (alumni and staff), William Amoako Kyei-Manu (PhD), Dr Ben Alcock (alumni), Kirsty Rutherford (PhD), Prof Keizo Akutagawa (alumni and staff), Evangelos Koliolios (PhD), Aaron Duncan (PhD). Missing from the photo was Dr Katz Tsunoda (alumni).

Soft Matter Group at RubberCon 2023 in Edinburgh

The largest ever group of Soft Matter Group members and former members joined together to participate in RubberCon 2023. This global conference on Elastomer Materials was held in Edinburgh from the 9-11th May. With more than 300 international delegates the event was the largest rubber conference in the UK since the … [more]

Energy efficient out-of-oven manufacturing of natural fibre composites, with integrated multifunctionalities

No ovens? No problems! - Scientists develop extremely energy efficient manufacturing method for natural fibre composites

No more worries about high energy bills for composites manufacturing! Materials scientists at Queen Mary University of London have developed an innovative and energy-efficient method to manufacture natural fibre composites without the need for conventional ovens. This out-of-oven method is based on a smart nanocomposite film that heats and cures … [more]

Moisture-induced degradation of composite materials

Queen Mary Researchers develop a new model to understand the moisture-induced degradation of composite materials, impacting the offshore energy community.

Exciting news! Our latest research on environmental-assisted modelling of composite materials has just been published in a top-tier journal: Engineering with Computers (Q1, IF=8.083). Due to their high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance, lightweight composite materials have found widespread use in aerospace, wind, and marine structural applications. However, these materials … [more]

Ana giving a talk at CIC energiGUNE

Ana Sobrido presents research on electrospun carbon electrodes for redox flow batteries at CIC energiGUNE

Ana Sobrido presented her work on electrospun carbon electrodes for redox flow batteries as part of her UKRI FLF at CIC energiGUNE, in Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain. In her talk, Ana shared her research group's latest findings on how to optimise the microstructure of self-supporting electrospun carbon fibre electrodes … [more]

The full-scale James Webb Space Telescope model at South by Southwest in Austin

Engineering the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) - the largest optical telescope in space

In a seminar at Queen Mary, NASA’s Dr Raymond Ohl explained what makes the JWST’s architecture so unique. Dr Ohl has worked on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project at the Goddard Space Flight Center in various roles for about 20 years. He was invited by … [more]

The team representatives wining the award

Hyperlink team wins Bright Network award

The Hyperlink student team wins the Innovation Award by Bright Network for their innovative solutions of developing a hyperloop transport technology. The student team is based at the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London and has student members from other schools as the School … [more]

Dr Han Zhang with Dr Nattakan Soykeabkaew (right) and her group members (Phattharasaya Rattanawongkun, Supattra Klayya) at Mae Fah Luang University

Queen Mary University of London and Mae Fah Luang University join forces to tackle waste reduction and promote sustainable development in Thailand

Queen Mary University of London and Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand have announced the success of their collaboration to address waste reduction and promote sustainable development, which was initially funded by Queen Mary Global Challenge Research Fund and British Council Newton Institutional Link programme. In February 2023, Dr. Han Zhang … [more]

Biomass particles (in grey) and network of pores contained within (in light blue). Credit: Diamond Light Source.

Burnt nut shells in water filters shown to cut E. coli by 96%: Dr Roberto Volpe's research features in Daily Telegraph

Ground-breaking work lights a path for environmental applications as charcoal made from burnt nut shells could help eradicate superbugs from hospital wastewater, experts believe Dr Roberto Volpe and his team at Queen Mary University of London and University College London in collaboration with the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond … [more]

Schematic illustrations of easy-repairing composites with enhanced mechanical performance.

The latest research on multifunctional composites at Queen Mary featured by Materials Today

"Old approach promises new self-healing composites" The latest research on multifunctional composites at Queen Mary is featured by Materials Today, explaining how one can revamp an "old" approach in composite manufacturing into a "new" smart composite with integrated easy-repairing capability. By simply applying heat … [more]

Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia

A Q&A with Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia: "I discovered that steel is complicated."

Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia will deliver his inaugural lecture at Queen Mary Presents on 8 February 2023. Queen Mary Presents is a new programme which ensures that everyone, everywhere, can be part of Queen Mary’s discussions. From question and answer sessions, to panel discussions and podcasts, we aim to provide … [more]

Event poster

First 'National Battery Day' celebration @QMUL!

We are celebrating the National Battery Day on Friday 17th February and we want to harness this opportunity to promote battery careers as widely as possible with our amazing QMUL undergraduate students! What? Short 10 min talks by some of QMUL's leading scientists in battery science. Q&A session … [more]

Proposed mechanism and optimised structures of reaction intermediates for the oxygen evolution reaction of sIr/hematite photoelectrocatalyst system.

Single Atom Iridium on Hematite for Solar Water Splitting: Catalyst or Spectator? SEMS Leads an Innovative Study that Brings New Understanding on the Processes Controlling Solar Water Oxidation

Single-atom catalysts (SACs) on hematite photoanodes are efficient co-catalysts to boost photoelectrochemical performance. However, the specific role of SACs on hematite photoanodes is not fully understood yet: Do SACs behave as a catalytic site or a spectator? By combining spectroscopic experiments and computer simulations, a research led by Ana Sobrido … [more]

A group of PhD student and staff celebrating in the Octagon after the graduation ceremony

SEMS' Winter Graduation

The winter graduation ceremony returned to the Great Hall on the Mile End campus once again 2023. The venue was filled with a cast of hundreds of SEMS graduates and their families and friends. The largest cohort was made up our MSc students from last year, but there was a good … [more]

Salvatore at the 2022 Special & Publication Awards Lunch Reception

Salvatore Grasso and co-authors presented with the Pfeil award by the IOM3

Salvatore Grasso and co-authors including Theo Saunders were presented with the Pfeil award by the IOM3. The Pfeil Award is presented annually for published work of particular merit in the field of ceramics. Eligible papers must be published 2 years before the award is presented in a relevant IOM3 Journal, … [more]

Hypothetical mechanism of internal diesel injector deposits formation

Diesel injector fouling - could it be due to electrokinetic streaming current?

Our new paper in Fuel investigates the source of internal injector deposits in diesel injectors - a nasty problem that may be the source of a significant chunk of the soot emissions from diesel cars, and not only - NOx and CO2 emissions are also affected. The nature of the … [more]

Han Zhang being Presented the Silver Medal and Prize of the IOM3

Han Zhang is presented the Silver Medal and Prize by the IOM3

Han was presented with the Silver Medal and Prize at an Awards Ceremony at the IOM3 on the 8th December 2022. The Silver Medal is a Premier award for an early career researcher making an outstanding contribution within the materials field. The award was given in recognition of Han’s … [more]

Dimitrios Papageorgiou being Presented the Rosenhain Medal

Dimitrios Papageorgiou is presented the Rosenhain Medal and Prize by the IOM3

Dimitrios was presented with the Rosenhain Medal at an Awards Ceremony at the IOM3 on the 8th December 2022. The Rosenhain Medal and Prize is a highly competitive award that recognises distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science. The award was given in recognition of Dimitrios’ research which has … [more]

Qinrong celebrating after her viva with some of the research group

Qinrong He passes her PhD viva!

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]

Ana Jorge Sobrido

Ana becomes a mentor for Destination STEMM - Chemical Sciences with Windsor Fellowship

Ana Jorge Sobrido has just started her role as Mentor for Destination STEMM - Chemical Sciences, an initiative led by Windsor Fellowship in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Destination STEMM is a national mentoring programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students in year 12. Mentoring is a key … [more]

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

Kirsty Rutherford wins the IRCO Prize at IRC2022

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]

Dr Tom Macdonald

Queen Mary academic secures University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society

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

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]

Electrospinning process for electrode fabrication

To switch to renewables, we need better energy storage

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]

Association of polar molecules in a quadrupolar liquid - carbon dioxide

We are looking for a PhD student on an exciting carbon dioxide project!

PhD Studentship: Prevention Of Phase-separation Of Corrosive Aqueous Acidic Solution Out Of Liquid CO2 Funding: Available to Home & Overseas Applicants. This studentship is fully funded and includes a 3 year stipend (set at £18,062 for 2022/23) and tuition fees. Background: physical chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, electrostatics (or broadly chemistry, physics, mathematics, chemical … [more]

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

Ana participates in the Crucible Programme Workshop in Wetherby

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

Anureet and James at the Conference Dinner at ECCMR in Milan

Anureet Kaur successfully completes her PhD in the Soft Matter Group

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Rachel presented a talk and poster entitled 'High-sensitivity LAPS imaging of cardiomyocyte action potentials' and Bo presented a talk and poster entitled 'Photoelectrochemical detection of Ca(II) ions using hematite nanorods'.

The Electrochemical Sensors group attends the International Workshop on Engineering Functional Interfaces (EnFI) 2022 in Maastricht

Three members of our group attended the EnFI in Maastricht. The conference focuses on the field of surface engineering in its broadest sense. This rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field instigates collaborations between scientists from multiple disciplines as it contains elements from physics, engineering, biology, medicine, informatics and chemistry. Both, Rachel Jacques … [more]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]