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9th December 2018

Members of Academia Europaea

Congratulations to Professor Nicole Grobert and Professor Peter Bruce who have both been elected Members of Academia Europaea. Academia Europaea was founded in 1988 and is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. It has just over 3700 members including leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law. The object of Academia Europaea is the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in all areas of academia.


18th November 2018

MMM2018 Best Poster Prize

Congratulations to Matthew Lloyd who has won the Best Poster prize at the 9th International Conference on Multiscale Modelling of Materials held in Osaka. Matthew’s winning poster was "Kinetic Monte-Carlo Simulations of Radiation Damage in W(Re,Os) Alloys". 


10th November 2018

Professor Peter Bruce FRS appointed Vice President of the Royal Society

Professor Peter Bruce FRS has been appointed as Physical Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society. He will take up the position on the Royal Society’s anniversary day, Friday 30 November 2018. Peter's research interests embrace materials chemistry and electrochemistry, with a particular emphasis on energy storage, especially lithium and sodium batteries. As well as directing the UK Energy Storage Hub (SuperStore) and a consortium on lithium batteries, Peter is a founder and Chief Scientist of the Faraday Institution, the UK centre for research on electrochemical energy storage.

Santamon Luanwuthi

29th October 2018

Anglo-Thai Education Award 2018 in Engineering and Technology

Very many congratulations, Santamon Luanwuthi, for securing the 2018 Engineering and Technology Anglo-Thai Education Award for her work on engineering SiC nanomaterials for battery applications. The Anglo-Thai Society annually celebrates the exceptional talent of Thai PhD students studying at UK universities across a wide range of academic disciplines. The awards are generously supported by the Royal Thai Embassy, commercial organisations and individuals. Candidates are nominated for consideration by their academic supervisors and their work is assessed by an independent panel of distinguished academics. This year the Anglo-Thai Society received a record number of applications and Santamon is the only Oxford student who has received the award this year.

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.

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