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  • #MondayMaterials Episode 29 – Naa-dei Nikoi

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Hello all. Welcome back once more. We’re on Episode 29 of #MondayMaterials now, and today we’re meeting Naa-dei Nikoi. Naa-dei is a PhD student working in the Biomaterials research area. It’s easy to forget that we have people in this school working on amazing medical advances, but Naa-dei was a...

  • The 2nd Composites@Manchester Research Workshop

    Monday, April 03, 2017

    This annual workshop aims to bring together early career researchers in the field of composites to share their work, as par of a composites community. The event is aimed primarily at PhD and MSc level Researchers. Session Themes • 3D structural composites • Structural bonding and repair • Non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring • Modellling and simulation • Nano-materials • Bio-inspired composites Conference highlights • Welcome from our Dean of Faculty, Professor Martin Shröder • Keynotes from Professor Philip Withers and Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei • Technical talk from Dr Stephen Edmondson • Research and poster presentations Please register for this free event via Eventbrite link

    The Manchester Metallurgical Society presents Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques

    Tuesday, April 04, 2017

    The Manchester Metallurgical Society (MMS) and The University of Manchester presents: Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques at The University of Manchester - X-ray Computed Tomography - High-Resolution Digital Image Correlation - In Situ Scale Testing in the Plasma FIB - In Situ and Advanced TEM Studies The evening’s presentations given will provide details of four state-of-the-art characterization techniques in which the Univeristy of Manchester (UoM) retains a world-leading capability. These are as follows: X-ray computed tomography: Manchester’s Henry-Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility is a world-leading centre for X-ray CT. This talk will describe how the technique can be used to investigate a number of metallurgical phenomena and features, including void formation in creep testing and ductile fracture, the corrosion of alloys during in situ experiments, and the orientation and packing of grains in 3D space. (talk delivered by Dr Tom Slater) High-resolution digital image correlation: HRDIC allows us to measure how metals and alloys deform on the sub-micrometre length scale. The technique, which has been developed at UoM over recent years, has a resolution approaching 20 nm, such that individual slip bands in samples can be measured. When combined with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and backscattered electron imaging (specifically electron-channeling contrast imaging - ECCI), it can be used to produce truly remarkable deformation maps of materials. Results so far have revealed a number of unusual and unexpected phenomena. (talk delivered by Dr Ed Pickering) In-situ small-scale testing utilizing plasma focused ion beam milling: Many metallurgists will be familiar with the power of focused ion beam (FIB) milling using Ga ions. The plasma FIB instrument at UoM uses Xe ions and very high milling rates (x10 standard FIB) to enable the production of larger specimens in much shorter periods of time. Rapid cross-sectioning investigations can be carried out on large volumes (coupled with EDX and EBSD), and it can also be used to create novel samples for small-scale in situ tests in the SEM. (talk delivered by Albert Smith) In situ and Advanced TEM studies: UoM hosts one of the largest centres for electron microscopy in the world. We have two advanced analytical transmission electron microscopes, including an FEI Talos TEM, capable of rapid EDX spectrum imaging and tomography studies, and an aberration-corrected FEI Titan G2 S/TEM, which is capable of high-resolution STEM imaging at the atomic scale. Over recent years, we have been developing our capabilities to perform novel in situ experiments using our analytical electron microscopes, including in situ corrosion experiments, and these will be explored in this talk. (talk delivered by Prof Grace Burke)

    School of Materials Seminar entitled Inspired by nature: Unravelling Silk’s Secrets

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Silks are biological polymers that have evolved to be processed by controlled protein denaturation, a process depending on the researchers’ background, with similarities to amyloidogenesis for some and flow induced crystallisation for others. However whilst many attempts have been made to replicate silk, none have succeeded. This may be in part because it is not structure but processing that defines a silk, for unlike all other biological materials they are spun, not grown. I will provide an overview of Natures 400 million years of R&D into silk and our recent studies into the importance of flow processing. I will conclude there is more to silk than just a fibre and that Nature may in fact hold unique solutions to the current challenges facing the synthetic polymer industry, i.e. routes towards low embodied energy, sustainable wet processing of polymers and the development of biomedical materials and devices for regenerative healthcare. Chris is based in The University of Sheffield in the Materials Science and Engineering Department where he leads the Natural Materials Group. He currently holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship and was previously at Oxford University where he obtained his degrees and doctorate. Dr Holland is also an Associate Editor for the newly established journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and is the chair of the IoM3 Natural Materials Association. His research uses tools developed for the physical sciences to better understand Nature’s materials, from latex to collagen, but with a focus on silk. By studying how silk is spun he has been able to gain unique insights into silks’ biodiversity, structure and evolution. Additionally, this work has made important links between natural and industrial fibre processing which has led to several patents and a fundamentally new way of designing, testing and fabricating bio-inspired materials, evidenced by being Co-ordinator of a recently award H2020 FET Open project.

    School of Materials PGR Student Conference 2017

    Thursday, May 11, 2017


    Nanomaterials: from theory to application Symposium

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    On 16th of May, Manchester will play host to a one day symposium on nanomaterials sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and CCP5. The event will cover a broad range of themes within the field of nanomaterials aimed at fostering collaboration between research groups. Alongside plenary talks from Dr Natalia Martsinovich (University of Sheffield) and Prof. Joshua Edel (Imperial College London) there will be a number of talks by students and post docs along with a poster session. The event is free to attend and there will also be travel grants available for some of the presenters

    International workshop on machine learning and data analytics in advanced metals processing

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    The workshop will bring together experts in computational materials design, machine learning and high-performance computing with those in metallurgy and materials characterisation to consider the particular challenges in exploiting modern computational methods in designing new metallic materials and to explore opportunities and exchange ideas for major collaborative projects.

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