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  • #MondayMaterials Episode 30 – Ella Row

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Hello all! Welcome to Episode 30 of #MondayMaterials. It’s a little different today as we’re meeting with recent graduate Ella Row to discuss her industrial placement. Ella was introduced to me by former #MondayMaterials participant Patsy Perry. Patsy was particularly excited by this student’s progression because Ella, after a year...

  • Conferment and inaugural lecture of Regius Professor in Materials

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Conferment and inaugural lecture of Regius Professor in Materials Her Majesty the Queen has honoured The University of Manchester by awarding a Regius Professorship in Materials. The inaugural incumbent of Manchester’s Regius Professor in Materials will be Philip Withers, the first person to hold this title in the UK. The award has been given in recognition of the exceptional quality of advanced materials research and teaching at Manchester, which is recognised as world-leading. Professor Philip Withers FRS, FREng, FRAeS, FIMMM has made a seminal contribution to our fundamental understanding of the performance of materials through his pioneering use of neutron, synchrotron X-ray and laboratory X-ray beams to provide new insights on behaviour, often in-operando under demanding conditions. Further, through his leadership of the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials to his new role as Chief Scientist for the Sir Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials, he has striven to deliver industrial impact as well as science and engineering excellence and recently became the UK’s first Regius Professor of Materials.

    School of Materials Coffee Morning

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    We are hosting another School Coffee Morning which will be open to all PSS, academic, and research staff. This is a great opportunity to ‘put a name to face’, socialise and to enjoy tea, coffee and cake with other colleagues across the school.

    School of Materials End of Year Ball 2017

    Wednesday, May 03, 2017

    School of Materials End-of Year Ball, to be held at The Midland Hotel on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 1900 til late. The attached flyer provides more details. The price per head is £40. Tickets can be purchased online at: The Matsoc reps are willing to sell tickets to you delivered directly to your office – if you are interested in using this service please contact me with your room number and building, and I can liaise with the reps and tell you what day they will be coming round your building. They will be taking cash for these tickets.

    School of Materials Safety Induction

    Monday, May 08, 2017

    This is for all new staff, students, visiting academics and anyone from other Schools coming to work in Materials.

    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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