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Prof Angus Kirkland

18th September 2018

President of International Federation of Societies for Microscopy

At the general assembly of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy held during IMC19 in Sydney, Professor Angus Kirkland  was elected as President of IFSM to serve for a period of four years. This position was previously held from 2006-2010 by Professor David Cockayne, also formerly of the Department of Materials at Oxford University.


5th July 2018

Best MS Part II Project Presentation 2018

The winner of this year's Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Prize for Best Part II talk is Tom Fabes for his talk "Micro-mechanical study of the interfacial toughness in GaN-on-diamond semiconductor devices.".  All 31 Part II students presented their work at a mini-symposium on 3rd and 4th of May, and then the winner, Tom Fabes, gave his talk again in London at the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers on 8th June when he was presented with a medal and £450 prize by the current Master, Richard Slade QC.

Dong Liu MANTECH Best Paper

22nd May 2018

MANTECH 2018 Best Paper Award

Many congratulations to Dr Dong Liu, for winning the He Bong Kim Best Paper Award at the 2018 MANTECH International Conference on Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology in Austin, Texas during 7-10 May. The award is named after the founding chairman of the conference, and reflects his vision for excellence by recognising the best papers from the previous year's conference.

The title of Dong’s talk was on ‘Effect of Manufacture on the Microstructure of GaN-on-Diamond’, and it was the first of the its kind on the evaluation of the interfacial microstructure and mechanical strength in this novel GaN-on-Diamond material for use in high power electronic devices.


15th May 2018

Nuclear Institute Young Speakers Competition

Last week the Central England Branch of the Nuclear Institute held their annual heat of the Young Speakers Competition at Ridgeway House on the Harwell Campus. The event was well attended with six finalists competing, chosen from a number of applicants who submitted synopses before the event. The event attracts competitors from all regions of nuclear leading to a range of talks from fission and fusion to geological disposal facilities, criticality drills and accident exercise planning.

This year’s heat was won by Dr Ed Darnbrough for his talk on ‘Improving Fission Fuels: The role of thermal conductivity’. He will now go on to represent the Central England Branch at the National competition in September.


12th May 2018

2018 Equality and Diversity Awards

Many congratulations to Dr Clara Barker, for winning the 2018 Equality and Diversity Awards Individual Champion Award, presented by June Sarpong MBE at the first ever biennial Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards Ceremony, held on 8 May in Worcester College. Clara’s tireless work within the University, and nationally, including outreach work in schools and Topaz, was formally recognised by this award, which is richly deserved.


4th May 2018

ICSM2018 Best Poster Award

Congratulations to Dr Tayebeh Mousavi from CfAS, who won first place in the Best Poster Awards for her paper entitled "Persistent mode joints between Bi-2212/Ag wires" at the 6th annual International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism, which took place in Antalya, Turkey during 29 April – 4 May.

TATA Steel Prize 2017

5th February 2018

TATA Steel Prize awarded to Georgina Mordue

On the 1st February 2018 the TATA Steel Prize for best overall performance in Part I practicals (MS & MEM) was awarded to Georgina Mordue of Trinity College by Byron Tucker, Technology Centre Manager at Tata Steel in Europe.

Prelims Practicals Prize 2017

5th February 2018

Prelims Practicals Prize 2017

On the 1st February 2018 the Armourers and Brasiers' Company / TATA Steel Prize for best overall performance in Prelims practicals 2017 was awarded to Xu Shi of Mansfield College by Byron Tucker, Technology Centre Manager at Tata Steel in Europe.

11th December 2017

Royal Society Industry Fellow Summer Students Poster Prize

1st year undergraduate Brooke Lear was awarded the 1st Prize for her poster and presentation entitled "Nanomaterial Building Blocks for Thermal Management in Motorsports" at the Industry College Event held at the Royal Society in London on 24 November 2017. The judges also gave special mention to 4th year undergraduate, Matthew Robson, because of his clear and concise dissemination of the work on "Developing next generation coolants". Both Brooke and Matt conducted their 10-week Royal Society-funded summer placement at the Nanomaterials by Design Team based at the Begbroke Science Park working with Professor Nicole Grobert.

Prof Nicole Grobert

20th October 2017

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Nicole Grobert has recently been admitted by Council to the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Fellow. The FRSC title is given to people who "have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences; or to the advancement of the chemical sciences as a profession; or have been distinguished in the management of a chemical sciences organisation”.

Professor Grobert’s research focuses on the design and manufacture of speciality nanomaterials. Several scientific breakthroughs in the controlled production of these materials led to further developments that have been made through multiple proof-of-concept projects. Professor Grobert’s current Royal Society Industry Fellowship at Williams Advanced Engineering enables enhanced collaborations with industry partners to develop new nanomaterials with for target applications in high performance motors, nanocomposites, batteries, multifunctional lightweight structures.

Examples of Nicole’s work are the University’s features on defect-free graphene and faster and larger graphene, and articles by MPLS Division.  

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