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SEMS Exhibits at the Advanced Materials Fair in Birmingham

16 May 2024

SEMS technology was exhibited at the Advanced Materials Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This trade fair, which takes place alongside the Advanced Ceramics Show, the Vehicle Electrification Expo and the Battery Cells & Systems Expo featured over 300 exhibitors along with 100 speakers, and attracted more than 4000 visitors. Our exhibit displayed … [more]

Zimpi Helen Kono is awarded a prize by Head of School, Prof Hazel Screen

SEMS holds 7th Russell Binions PhD Symposium

16 May 2024

The 7th annual Russell Binions Memorial PhD Symposium took place on Thursday 27th April at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Each year, The Symposium provides an opportunity for our PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Assistants to formally present their work to their peers and academics in the School. … [more]

Dr Wei Tan gave an invited talk

Dr Wei Tan gives talk at International Symposium on Current Challenges of Wind Energy Development

15 May 2024

The International Symposium on Current Challenges of Wind Energy Development: Materials Science and Structural Aspects, organised by Leon Mishnaevsky Jr. from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Dr Alexandros Antoniou from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), took place last week, 13th-15th May in Athens. Over the … [more]

Discover Materials Ambassadors, Thomas Thorn (left) and Ambreen Tajmal (right), showing and discussing a range of materials and their properties with the student attendees.

Queen Mary's Discover Materials Ambassadors attend the Big Bang Fair

23 April 2024

On 23rd April, Leyton Sixth Form College in east London hosted a Big Bang Fair event, in which around 800 students from secondary schools across the capital came to learn about the variety of study pathways and future careers in STEM fields, engaging in interactive workshops and demonstrations from organisations across … [more]

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Dr Rehan Shah invited to deliver research seminar at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

9 April 2024

Dr Rehan Shah has been specially invited to deliver a research seminar to academic colleagues from the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM) at his alma mater, the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. The title of Dr Shah's seminar 'Static friction models, buckling and lift-off … [more]

Illustration of a small H type vertical axis wind turbine

British Council support joint wind energy research project with VIT Chennai

3 April 2024

The British Council has announced that they will support a joint masters educational-research project between Queen Mary and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Chennai. The masters will research distributed wind energy for urban and rural requirements, integration and energy conversion. The project consortium also consists of Indian Institute of … [more]

A graphic abstract demonstrating the research

Research outlining faster and more cost-effective pathways for aircraft published in Green Energy and Intelligent Transportation

22 March 2024

As air mobility technology progresses, seeing the introduction of vehicles such as air taxis and on-demand or unmanned aircraft, it is vital to ensure that they interact smoothly with existing airport infrastructures. Researchers are finding ways to optimise airport ground movement in both efficiency and energy consumption, while prioritising safety … [more]

Winner Sarina Mathew (Year 4 MBBS & Intercalated BSc)

Undergraduate research posters win prizes at ILF

18 March 2024

Students from across the School of Engineering and Materials Science, including the Queen Mary Centre for Undergraduate Research (QMCUR), third year BEng students, and the Intercalated BSc in Bioengineering presented their research projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th March 2024. All students engaged in lively discussion with our academics … [more]

Chen Liu was presented with the award at the conference

Robotics student wins the Best Poster Presentation at the SoRo 2024

8 March 2024

Chen Liu, a final-year PhD student of the Robotic Systems Research group led by Dr Ketao Zhang, was awarded the Best Poster of the Medical Robot Conference, Conference of Mapping the Future of Soft Robotics for Healthcare (SoRo), in London on 26th and 27th February. Chen presented his recent work … [more]

Comparison between in-situ X-ray synchrotron imaging and multi-physics modelling results of direct energy deposition additive manufacturing

New discoveries to minimise deterioration of materials through Directed Energy Deposition published in Nature Communications.

26 February 2024

Directed Energy Deposition is a manufacturing process in which materials are melted and fused onto surfaces and into desired shapes, in a layer-by-layer process. It is often used in repairs, such as in the repair of damaged jet turbine blades, and in the automotive, marine, aerospace and biomedical fields. However, … [more]

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Triple success with three SEMS student projects accepted for presentation at prestigious British Conference for Undergraduate Research

16 February 2024

Three SEMS undergraduate student research projects have been accepted for presentation at the prestigious UK-wide British Conference for Undergraduate Research, being hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE). The students who will be presenting at the conference are Barbaros Zeren and Yash Vaghela, both first year students supervised by … [more]

Dr Wei Tan giving a talk at DTU

Dr Wei Tan presents latest research on Leading Edge Erosion of Wind Turbines at International Symposium

13 February 2024

Dr Wei Tan presented his research on 'Mechanics-guided material design for leading-edge erosion' during the 5th International Symposium at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Leading-edge erosion, caused by environmental factors such as rain, hail, and debris, poses a significant threat to the performance and reliability of wind turbine blades. … [more]

Proud to be an Engineer

Engineers Celebrate Athena Swan Success

18 January 2024

Gender equality recognised by Athena Swan Bronze Award First recognised in 2010, the School has now had this award conferred for another five years until 2029, where the conditions were met "directly and fully". The Athena Swan Charter works across the globe to support and transform gender equality in Higher … [more]

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The Scotsman newspaper publishes cautiously optimistic view by Dr Avital and the Hyperlink student team, in its article on Hyperloop technology

10 January 2024

Following the closure of the startup Hyperloop One in December 2023, The Scotsman newspaper looked at the future possibility of using Hyperloop technology to connect Edinburgh with London. While the University of Edinburgh’s team expressed optimism, other UK academics expressed pessimism, pointing to the high cost of the technology. … [more]

Yuchen Liu presents his idea on digital twins coupled with OpenFOAM.

PhD student Yuchen Liu and team win the Henry Royce Research Sandpit at the University of Manchester

14 December 2023

Yuchen Liu, a SEMS PhD student under Dr Chinnapat Panwisawa since September 2023, has been accepted to attend the Henry Royce PhD Student Research Sandpit at the University of Manchester. Henry Royce Institute (Royce) hosted a PhD Student Research Sandpit at its flagship Royce Hub building at the University of Manchester … [more]

SEMS staff recognised at the awards were from left to right: Paul, Sanaa, Wei and Irene all being congratulated by James Busfield.

SEMS Staff Recognised at the Annual Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration

13 December 2023

SEMS staff were recognised at the Annual Faculty of Science and Engineering Celebration on the 13th December 2023. Irene Prieto Reina was awarded the Professional Services Excellence Award. Wei Tan was awarded the Research Excellence Award. Sanaa Hafeez was awarded the Student Experience and Education Award. Paul Balcombe was awarded the … [more]

Staff present to receive their awards included in the front row from left to right: Mouna, Henri, Irene, Neil, Maria, Ji & Angela. At the back on camera: Saqib and Faith.

SEMS Annual Awards Announced

6 December 2023

At the end of the staff meeting on the 6th December 2023, we hosted our annual SEMS prize celebration. We had a large number of nominations this year and the awards were spread across the entire SEMS community. The Team of the Year for 2023 was the Teaching Fellow / Teaching Associate Team … [more]

James and William completing the pre-breakfast ACS Fun Run in Ohio earlier in the year.

William Kyei-Manu from James Busfield's Soft Matter Group passes his PhD exam

6 December 2023

William Kyei-Manu has become the latest member of James Busfield's Soft Matter Group to pass his PhD exam. William completed his PhD viva on the 6th December 2023 defending a thesis entitled, "Carbon Black Reinforcement of Tyre Tread Compounds." His external examiner, Prof Ian Kinloch from Manchester University … [more]

Effect of solute trapping on the rapid solidification behaviours and crack susceptibility during metal additive manufacturing

Collaboration on computational additive manufacturing published in Nature Communications

2 December 2023

The study, conducted by Dr Chinnapat Panwisawas (corresponding author) at QMUL School of Engineering and Materials Science, in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Centre of Excellence for Advanced Materials, and University of Leicester, has been published in the Nature Communications journal. Solute trapping and non-equilibrium microstructure during rapid solidification … [more]

Many colleagues from SEMS attended the celebration including Olly Fenwick, Thomas Iskratsch, Karin Hing and Wei Tan being congratulated in the photo by Martin, Wen and James.

SEMS team recognised at QMUL Academic Promotions Event

21 November 2023

On 21st November QMUL hosted an event to celebrate the staff who have been promoted in the most recent academic promotion rounds. As we reported back in September, this was a very successful outcome for SEMS with 12 of our colleagues being promoted across all the different academic grades, reflecting the … [more]

From top left: Francisco Rubén Parra-Perea, Laura Forster and Yuan Zhang, with Dr Oliver Fenwick.

Award Winning Research Students in 2023 SEMS ILF Research Showcase

14 November 2023

At the recent SEMS research-led Industrial Liaison Forum, there was a showcase from 60 of our current PhD students. The panel of judges this year were made up a wide range of early career researchers (Dr Luis Murillo Herrera, Mr Eugenio Sebastian Suena Galindez, Dr Clemence Nadal, Dr Oliver Brookes and … [more]

Five students the SMG plus James and two former group members Leihao Chen and Yinping Tao (and one of Yinping's students) at the IRC 2023 conference banquet in China.

Two Soft Matter Group students William Kyei-Manu and Evangelos Koliolios both win awards at the International Rubber Conference 2023

10 November 2023

The latest International Rubber Conference 2023 has recently completed in China. Five of James Busfield's Soft Matter Group presented their work. At the closing ceremony two of the group were amongst the five students awarded prizes for their presentations. The winners were William Kyei-Manu and Evangelos Koliolios who won awards for … [more]

SEMS students at Teledyne e2v

Undergraduate Engineers Visit Teledyne e2v

9 November 2023

Fifteen SEMS students were hosted at Teledyne e2v in Chelmsford as part of our Industrial Site Visits Programme for undergraduate engineering students. Teledyne is a leader in semiconductor devices, full spectrum imaging and high-power radio frequency solutions. They are present in virtually all markets and industries from medical … [more]

The SEMS Research Showcase at the Industrial Liaison Forum

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum, November 2023

8 November 2023

We were pleased to once again hold the bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum live in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 8th November 2023 in the People's Palace. The event was well attended by staff and students as well as industrialists. The day was broken up into five parts, starting … [more]

SEMS Systems Engineering Industrial Advisory Board inaugural meeting

Queen Mary forms a new Industrial Advisory Board on Systems Engineering

31 October 2023

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has established a new Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) on Systems Engineering in October 2023 to ensure that the School’s Systems Engineering programmes meet the international standards and needs of industry, and the School students … [more]

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Research group wins €10m grant to develop revolutionary cancer treatment robot

26 October 2023

Professor Kaspar Althoefer, a leading expert in medical robotics and artificial intelligence at Queen Mary, is part of a research group that has been awarded a highly competitive €10m European Research Council Synergy Grant. Synergy Grants provide funding for groups of two to four principal investigators to jointly address … [more]

Dr Rehan Shah

Collaboration with UCL results in publication in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

19 October 2023

A collaboration led by Dr Rehan Shah in conjunction with UCL academic Prof Gert van der Heijden has resulted in a publication in the reputed Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS) and is available as an open access paper on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2023.105464 In this … [more]

Queen Mary Professorial Strategic Hires

Queen Mary Professorial Strategic Hires

18 October 2023

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is recruiting 10 full Professors to establish their research groups at the University. These permanent academic positions will further strengthen our rapidly expanding, world-leading research following an excellent performance in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) in which QMUL was ranked 7th in the … [more]

Certificate of recognition presented to SEMS' Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad

Queen Mary joins The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) UK Advisory Board

3 October 2023

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has joined the Advisory Board of The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) UK branch as a Corporate Member in April 2023. The certificate of recognition was presented to Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad from the School of Engineering and during the last Advisory Board meeting held … [more]

ERC Starting Grant

Dr Wei Tan wins £1.2m grant to develop 'self-healing' materials

5 September 2023

Dr Wei Tan has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for ambitious research which focuses on self-healing engineering materials. Dr Tan, a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, has been awarded with £1.2m towards his project, titled: Life-like … [more]

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys
CBE, FREng, FRS, BSc, MA, PhD, Hon DSc, FIMMM, FInstP, FCGI, Hon FRMS

Sir Colin Humphreys appears on BBC Radio 4's "The Life Scientific"

29 August 2023

On Tuesday 29th August Professor Sir Colin Humphreys was Professor Jim Al-Khalili's guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Life Scientific". Colin discussed his work as a materials scientist and engineer, his use of electron microscopy and of course about his work on graphene, the world's … [more]

Design Multifunctional Shape-Morphing Materials

Researchers Create Multifunctional Shape-Morphing Composite Materials Inspired by Kirigami

21 August 2023

Exciting news from the collaborative efforts of researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and University of Nottingham (UoN) has brought about a novel development in shape-morphing structures. Led by Dr. Wei Tan (QMUL) and Dr. Mingchao Liu (NTU, currently at University of Birmingham), the … [more]

A virtual test bed of 3D nozzle exhaust designs aimed to reduce jet installation noise

Hussain Abid successfully defends his PhD thesis in Computational Aeroacoustics

9 August 2023

Many congratulations to Hussain Abid for passing his PhD exam hurdle. The external examiner, Professor George Barakos from Glasgow, eminent expert in CFD/CAA and VTOL modelling, was very impressed by the amount and quality of new results in Hussain’s thesis. The models developed in the thesis pave … [more]

Hyperlink students presenting in the European Hyperloop Week

Student team makes an impact at European Hyperloop Week

31 July 2023

A group of students from the Hyperlink London society, most of whom study Engineering and Materials Science programmes at Queen Mary, recently showcased their work at European Hyperloop Week. European Hyperloop Week is a yearly international event dedicated to the Hyperloop - a futuristic transportation concept which combines elements of … [more]

The sensor feeling the objects. 
[credit: F-TOUCH Team]

Queen Mary Researchers Create Innovative Sensor to Enhance Robots' Tactile Capabilities

27 July 2023

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London, along with collaborators from China and USA have developed an L3 F-TOUCH sensor to enhance tactile capabilities in robots, allowing it to "feel" objects and adjust its grip accordingly. Achieving human-level dexterity during manipulation and grasping has been a long-standing goal … [more]

In the photo from left to right are Visiting Professor Keizo Akutagawa, Eduardo, James, Anureet, Travis and SEMS research assistant William Kyei-Manu.

Three more PhD students join the role of honour for the Soft Matter Group in SEMS

25 July 2023

At the graduation ceremony on the 25th July 2023, three more PhD students graduated from James Busfield’s Soft Matter Group at QMUL. Dr Anureet Kaur completed her Phd on a self-healing elastomers funded by Weir Group, Dr Travis Hohenberger completed his PhD on leak prediction in high pressure seals … [more]

The Formula Student Team at Silverstone with Team Principal, Cara Fox seated in the car.

Formula Student Team excel at Silverstone

24 July 2023

Queen Mary Formula Student Team competed brilliantly at the IMechE FSUK competition at Silverstone this past weekend. The team brought the first QMUL build in 5 years and managed to achieve the 2nd best team from London just 5 points (on a scale out of 1000) behind Brunel University. Some notable points include … [more]

Students and staff with last year's Aston Martin F1 car

School of Engineering and Materials Science students visit Aston Martin F1

13 July 2023

A group of 15 SEMS students visited the new Aston Martin F1 team at Silverstone a few days before the British Grand Prix. The visit was a part of the Make a Mark Day at the AMR Technology Campus, which aimed to inspire the next generation and showcase STEM career opportunities … [more]

First soft robot for colo-rectal surgery in human cadaver. [credit: STIFF-FLOP]

Soft Robotics Revolutionise Minimally Invasive Surgery

13 July 2023

Professor Kaspar Althoefer from Queen Mary's School of Engineering and Materials Science has made groundbreaking advancements in the field of soft robotics for minimally invasive surgery An overview paper, published in the Science journal today, explores Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in medical robots, including Professor Althoefer’s scientific … [more]

Thomas briefing the team for the rocket launching

Let's Move to the Moon!

12 July 2023

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) is dedicated to promoting the field of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) among the next generation of scientists and engineers. As part of their ongoing outreach efforts, SEMS staff and students delivered a unique activity to inspire students about the future possibilities … [more]

Self-sensing electric artificial muscles with variable stiffness

Revolutionary Self-Sensing Electric Artificial Muscles

11 July 2023

In a study published recently in Advanced Intelligent Systems researchers from Queen Mary University of London have made significant advancements in the field of bionics with the development of a new type of electric variable-stiffness artificial muscle that possesses self-sensing capabilities. This innovative technology has the potential to revolutionize soft … [more]

Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day

Celebrating the Inspiring Women Engineers at QMUL

23 June 2023

On International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2023, we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Women In Engineering worldwide, who tirelessly contribute to improving and saving lives. This year, we turn our attention to the exceptional female engineers at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. These women embody the qualities … [more]

Kaspar leading the robot parade at IEEE ICRA 2023

Professor Kaspar Althoefer co-chairs the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2023

16 June 2023

The largest and most prestigious conference on robotics, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2023 (ICRA) was held in the ExCeL centre, London, May 29 - June 2, 2023. The conference was co-organised by the Centre of Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ) and was co-chaired by Professor Kaspar Althoefer, SEMS academic and … [more]

Large Eddy Simulation showing the effect of the chevron penetration length (PL) and angle (PA) on the high-speed jet development

Congratulations to Hussain Abid, who finished in the top 5 for the Best Student Paper in Aeroacoustics at the 2023 Aviation Forum

15 June 2023

Well done to Hussain Abid, whose paper AIAA 2023-3934 “Numerical Investigation of Jet Installation Noise for Chevron Nozzles” made it to the top 5 Best Student Papers in Aeroacoustics at the 2023 Aviation Forum of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the premier aerospace conference in the world. The paper … [more]

A simulation of a model of a dam breach with a structure downstream of the dam

Expert reaction to the collapse of the Ukraine’s Kakhovka dam, reported in the Science Media Centre

14 June 2023

Following the collapse of the Kakhovka dam, SEMS' Dr Eldad Avital was asked for his reaction by the Science Media Centre as an expert to the possible reasons of the dam’s collapse and the environmental effects of such collapse: “That dam was already damaged due to previous … [more]

Giacomo Sasso being awarded the EuroEAP challenge prize by Dr Gabriele Frediani, another Soft Matter Group PhD alumni, now working at the University of Florence.

Soft Matter Group Team Wins the 2023 EuroEAP Challenge Competition

8 June 2023

Congratulations to Giacomo Sasso, Yutong Sun and Renzo Ramirez Herrera whose team won the EuroEAP Society challenge (the overall top prize sponsored by Toyota) at the European Electro Active Polymer Conference held this year in Bristol in the UK. Giacomo's team demonstrated a 3D soft touch pad that changes … [more]

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

24 May 2023

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

11 May 2023

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

4 May 2023

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.

25 April 2023

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]

Andrew Pemberton (Present Elect, INCOSE UK) and Graham Herries (Chair of Innovation and Skills, IET) delivering keynotes.

SEMS runs first Industrial Workshop on Systems Engineering: toward sustainable digital systems

24 April 2023

SEMS' Systems Engineering team - led by Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad - ran an industrial workshop with focus on digital transformation, sustainability and skill gaps, on 24 April at QM's Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI). The workshop brought together a group of 17 industry practitioners from 14 different companies in eight … [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

17 April 2023

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]

Business aircraft design, master's project

Full programme accreditation received from the Royal Aeronautical Society

31 March 2023

The School is delighted to have received full accreditation for our undergraduate and postgraduate taught Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering programmes from the Royal Aeronautical Society until 2027 The School was particularly noted for its good practice in adapting to the impact of Covid-19, its strong drive to prepare its students for … [more]

Illustration of the design, derived by masters' students

Engineering solutions to mitigate airborne disease transmission in mid and low income countries

31 March 2023

In international collaboration, a group of master and PhD students, and academics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK, IIT Madras and VIT Chennai in India has published an innovative concept of air purifier design in the journal Fluids https://www.mdpi.com/2311-5521/8/4/111 The Covid pandemic … [more]

Optical waveguide bending sensor: (left) Three optical waveguides embedded in soft silicone substrate forming bending sensor; (middle) Soft robot finger with integrated waveguide sensor in straight position; (right) Soft robot finger in bent position - shape estimated using the bending sensor with its three embedded waveguides.

Congratulations to Faisal Al-Jaber on successfully defending his PhD

27 March 2023

Faisal Al-Jaber has successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Soft Optical-Based Sensors Fabrication and Evaluation for Curvature and Pose Estimation of Soft Actuators" Faisal was supervised by Prof Kaspar Althoefer and Dr Lei Su. In his PhD, Faisal has researched and developed several novel soft sensor systems especially … [more]

The team representatives wining the award

Hyperlink team wins Bright Network award

9 March 2023

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 Lei Su, Abu Bakar Dawood, Prof Adam Stokes and Prof Kaspar Althoefer - 3 March 2023.

Congratulations to Abu Bakar Dawood on successfully defending his PhD thesis

3 March 2023

Abu Bakar Dawood has successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Soft Capacitive and Optical Tomography-based Sensor Skins" Dawood was supported by a studentship from the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. He was supervised by Prof Kaspar Althoefer and Dr Ketao Zhang. Throughout his PhD, Dawood has demonstrated several innovative … [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

27 February 2023

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]

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

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

9 February 2023

"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]

Helical rod with relaxed boundary conditions under compression

Collaboration with UCL results in a publication in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

4 February 2023

A collaboration led by Dr Rehan Shah in conjunction with UCL academic Prof Gert van der Heijden has resulted in a publication in the reputed Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS) and is available as an open access paper on http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2023.105224. In … [more]

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

SEMS' Winter Graduation

6 January 2023

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]

Philip Hurrell receiving the award at the IOM3 (Image credit from the IOM3)

Philip Hurrell awarded the James S Walker Award by IOM3

5 January 2023

Philip Hurrell, a MSc graduate Materials Research in SEMS from 2021, has been presented with the 2022 James S Walker Award from IOM3 for his MSc project on "Wear of carbon black reinforced natural rubber compounds" at an Awards Ceremony on the 8th December 2022. This national award and £450 prize, … [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

2 January 2023

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

1 January 2023

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]

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

New "Aeroacoustics of Dynamic Stall" project funded by EPSRC

20 December 2022

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

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

Kirsty Rutherford wins the IRCO Prize at IRC2022

5 December 2022

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

Research showcase

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

9 November 2022

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

Prize winners

November Prize-giving for SEMS' Taught Students

9 November 2022

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

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

New EPSRC project launched to develop energy efficient composite tooling

13 October 2022

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

Anureet and James at the Conference Dinner at ECCMR in Milan

Anureet Kaur successfully completes her PhD in the Soft Matter Group

27 September 2022

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

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

22 September 2022

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

LCIoT new Campus

London City Institute of Technology (LCIoT) Opens

19 September 2022

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

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

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

11 September 2022

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

Smart nanocomposites for energy efficient composite manufacturing

The Composite Group Welcomes its Royce Summer Intern

7 September 2022

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

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

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

4 August 2022

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

Anureet Receives the IRCO best student prize.

Anureet Kaur wins the IRCO Prize at IRC2021

30 June 2022

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

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

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

16 June 2022

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

Dr Han Zhang, Professor James Busfield and Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou

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

9 June 2022

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

SEMS Researchers Showcasing their work at a recent Industrial Liaison Forum

SEMS Academics Perform Exceptionally in REF 2021

12 May 2022

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

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

5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium held at SEMS

27 April 2022

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

Dr Fenwick kicks off the Industrial Liaison Forum in The Octagon

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum April 2022

6 April 2022

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

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

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

1 February 2022

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

Staff at Royal London Dental Hospital wearing visors prepared by the team.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) wins QMUL Engagement and Impact Award

2 July 2021

A team of engineers and clinicians from EECS, SEMS and Royal London Dental Hospital won a QMUL Engagement and Impact Award. The team was awarded the Local Impact Award for their efforts to provide hospital staff with urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the … [more]

The diversity of the student led team

Queen Mary students gear up for racing car event

10 July 2018

Students from Queen Mary University of London will be competing at Silverstone this week in the 2018 Formula Student, Europe's most established educational engineering competition. Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single-seater racing car in one year. The cars are then judged … [more]