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Prof Stoyan Smoukov


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July 2021

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

Scientists create rechargeable swimming microrobots using oil and water

15 July 2021

A new study, published today in Nature Physics, has shown that it is possible to create tiny, self-powered swimming robots from three simple ingredients. By combining oil drops with water containing a detergent-like substance, the scientists found they could produce artificial swimmers that are able to swim independently and … [more]

January 2021

Group photo: Fan Li with Profs. Lockerby, Smoukov and Karabasov

Fan Li Passes his PhD Viva on "Non-equilibrium and hybrid multiscale modelling of molecular systems"

19 January 2021

Many congratulations to Fan Li for successfully passing his PhD Viva with minor corrections on the dissertation “Non-equilibrium and hybrid multiscale modelling of molecular systems”. The Viva was held remotely by Teams. Many problems in science and engineering comprise multiple scales in space and time. A particular example … [more]

August 2020

Pan-African competition

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

21 August 2020

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

July 2020

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Day 3 of QMUL-NPU JRI PhD Workshop 2020

17 July 2020

Day 3 The final day of the three-day workshop brought together research in the growth of macroscopic shapes from single molecules, self-healing materials, shape-changing, and re-processable materials, as well as artificial muscles that respond to various external stimuli. Participants enjoyed the workshops and everyone is looking forward to the 2020 November Sino-UK … [more]

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Day 2 of QMUL-NPU JRI PhD Workshop 2020

16 July 2020

Day 2 of QMUL-NPU JRI PhD Workshop 2020 Over 100 researchers and PhD students from QMUL and NPU joined the 3 parallel sessions, The presentations covered a wide range of topics from High Entropy Ceramics, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization to Nano energy. The sessions addressed a diverse range of engineering problems. Day 3: We will … [more]

2020 PhD workshop

QMUL-NPU JRI PhD Summer School and Workshop 2020

14 July 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 4th QMUL-NPU Summer School and Workshop will take place from the 15th to 17th July 2020. The NPU-QMUL JRI facilitates collaboration between researchers at the two institutes in areas of mutual interest and complementarity. Its aim is to support new lines of research that … [more]

March 2019

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

22 March 2019

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]

August 2018

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

9 August 2018

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

May 2018

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

14 May 2018

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]

August 2017

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Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

16 August 2017

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]