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Points of Light Award

20th October 2017

Points of Light award for Clara Barker

Congratulations to Clara Barker, for receiving a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.  In Theresa May’s own words:

‘Your tireless volunteer work with LGBT+ groups across Oxford is educating young people and members of the public in the importance of diversity and different identities. You are a positive role model for the community and you should be proud of your ongoing work in transgender education and support.’

A longer new article is available from MPLS website including an interview.


20th October 2017

Goldschmidt Early Career Researcher Poster Prize

The poster 'Atom probe tomography of Carlin type gold mineralisation', authored by P. Gopon, M.A. Auger, L.J. Robb, M.P. Moody and J. Wade has been awarded a Goldschmidt Early Career Researcher Poster Prize by The Mineralogical Society and The Natural Environment Research Council.
This collaboration, between researchers from the Department of Earth Science and from the Atom Probe group at the Department of Materials ,has been selected among those presented in the Goldschmidt session 18d mineralogy and geochemistry of metal deposits and secondary sources, and their mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and biotechnologies, as part of the Goldschmidt Conference held on 13-18 August in Paris.

Tom Scott

20th October 2017

IoM3 Davidge Award 2017

Many congratulations to Tom Scott (a member of the Ceramics Group) for winning the 2017 Davidge Award of the IoM3. The Davidge Award is an annual worldwide prizes for the best literature review by a PhD student on an innovative topic in ceramics.
Tom will receive a certificate, £500, and his winning review, ‘polycrystalline diamond’, will be published in the IoM3 ceramics journal ‘Advances in Applied Ceramics’.

19th October 2017

David Armstrong appointed Associate Professor

David Armstrong, currently a RAEng Fellow in the department, has been appointed to the new Associate Professorship in Materials, jointly with Corpus Christi College from 1st October 2017. Professor Armstrong is an expert in the micromechanical properties of materials, with a focus on materials for the most demanding environments, including Ni superalloys, steels, refractory alloys and ceramic-ceramic composites.

GADEST Best Young Scientists

13th October 2017

GADEST2017 Best Young Scientist Awards

Congratulations to Eleanor Shaw and Gabrielle Bourret-Sicotte for each winning one of the three Best Young Scientist
awards offered by the Gettering and Defect Engineering in Semiconductor Technology (GADEST 2017) Conference.

Eleanor and Gabrielle (of the Semiconductor And Silicon Photovoltaics Group) won the prizes for their oral presentations on
Saw Damage Gettering for industrially relevant mc-Si feedstock” and "Shielded hydrogen passivation – a novel method for
introducing hydrogen into silicon" respectively.

IoP Phillips Award 2016 to Mark Telling

30th September 2017

Vice-President of the Institute of Physics

Many congratulations to Dr Mark Telling CPhys FInstP, who is a visitor and lecturer in the Department, on his election as Vice-President of the Institute of Physics. Mark will take up his position on the IoP Council on 1st October 2017 for a four year term.

Mark received the Phillips Award last year, in recognition of his work developing the IoP’s career development strategies, and for championing the IoP for Africa initiative.

More recently, Mark provided the IoP’s London offices as a venue for the Women in Materials Science Career Pathways event during June 2017, and is the architect of the national 3 Minute Wonder competition.

Prof Feliciano Giustino

15th September 2017

Prof Giustino elected Upson Visiting Professor at Cornell

Professor Feliciano Giustino has been elected the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor in Engineering at Cornell University for Fall 2017 through Spring 2018. Prof. Giustino will be visiting the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell for collaborative work with faculty and students, and will deliver a Summer school on ab-initio computational materials modelling within PARADIM, the NSF Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials led by Prof. Darrell Schlom.

Professor Michael Moody

7th September 2017

Recognition of Distinction Awards 2017

Under the university’s recent recognition of distinction exercise 2017, Michael Moody has been awarded full title of Professor of Materials. Professor Moody leads the the Atom Probe Group which develops and applies the microscopy techniques of atom probe tomography (APT) and field ion microscopy (FIM) across a broad range of different material systems. APT is a technique capable of material characterisations at the atomic-scale, in which each atom is identified chemically and located in three-dimensions with very high accuracy.

Prof Roger Reed

5th September 2017

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Congratulations to Professor Roger Reed on being elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Roger is a world leader in the engineering and science of high-temperature alloys, particularly the design and processing of nickel superalloys, which are ubiquitous in the aero-engine and power-generation industries. His sustained efforts in process modelling have been instrumental in the impact on industrial practice. 


1st September 2017

M&M2017 Student Scholar Award

Many congratulations to Yi-Sheng Chen for winning the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017 Student Scholar Award during this year’s conference in St Louis. Yi-Sheng’s winning paper is 'Simplifying observation of hydrogen trapping in atom probe
tomography' and deals with designing state-of-the-art methods requiring no instrumental modification in commercial atom probe, but still allowing hydrogen observation in atomic scale. This could make atom probe become a standard technique in hydrogen-inmetal study, and thus have a significant impact in both hydrogen and atom probe communities.

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