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  • #MondayMaterials Episode 32 – Jack Saunders

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    We’ve got a brand new #MondayMaterials for you! Jack Saunders is a Materials Chemistry PhD student studying the effect of polymers on the corrosion resistance of emulsion paints. Find out what’s got him excited about this area of research. Hi Jack! Thanks so much for chatting to us. First things...

  • School of Materials Seminar entitled "Structural Health Monitoring at Monash"

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Structural health monitoring (SHM) is one of Prof. Chiu’s research foci. He has received research support to conduct these works on aircraft structures, civil structures and land vehicles. Recently he collaborated with an orthopaedic surgeon on the potential of extending the SHM principles for the healing assessment of fractured bone. In this presentation, Chiu will introduce the genesis of this project and where it has taken us. Biography Chiu is a member of academic staff at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Monash University. Chiu receives research funding in structural health monitoring research from Australian Government, industries and overseas authorities. His work spans across aerospace (aircraft structures), civil (pipelines and large membrane floating covers), rail (integrity assessment of tracks) and mechanical (rotating equipment) engineering. Chiu recently initiated a new research direction in extending his knowledge to work to the medical area. He has developed a fruitful collaboration with researchers and surgeons from The National Trauma Research Institute. Apart from securing research funding, they have jointly filed two patents. Chiu has also been instrumental in introducing SHM to orthopaedics. He is collaborating with Dr M. Russ and Professor Fitzgerald on this project and they have received support from the US Office of Naval Research.

    School of Materials Seminar entitled "Understanding dynamic recrystallization processes by linking quantitative orientation analysis with numerical modelling"

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Biography My main scientific interest is the understanding of micro- and mesoscale processes and their link to macro-scale phenomena. To achieve this, it is essential to quantify microstructures and thus micro-structural processes active during a variety of P-T-fluid conditions. In addition, the development of new techniques to observe, interpret and evaluate processes in the Earth and under planets is part of my research. Fields of research interest include: (i) structural geology and large-scale tectonics, (ii) microstructural and-chemical analysis, (iii) microdynamic modelling, (iv) experimental deformation and heating of rocks and analogue materials i.e. metals, (v) field mapping, (vi) rheology and deformation mechanisms in rocks and ice.

    Manchester Metallurgical Society Seminar entitled "Accident Tolerant Fuel and Cladding"

    Tuesday, January 09, 2018

    More details to follow.

    The world is not flat: organic electronic devices for hosting and monitoring cells in 3D

    Tuesday, January 09, 2018

    PLEASE NOTE SEMINAR HAS MOVED FROM 17TH JANUARY TO 9TH JANUARY 2018 My research program focuses on harnessing the power of engineering for developing in vitro biological models in a synthetic biology approach. By developing both the biological model and the adapted monitoring methods in parallel, both may be iteratively improved resulting in enhanced systems. I define the latter combination as in vitro systems: an integrated system to monitor human biology in vitro. Specifically, I have focused on the use of polymeric electroactive materials and devices which bridge a gap between hard inflexible materials used for physical transducers and soft, compliant biological tissues. The transducer thus becomes a ‘synthetic’ part of the model, allowing transduction and/ or stimulation of biological systems in the least invasive and thus most biomimetic fashion possible. In this presentation I will discuss our recent progress in adding to the repertoire of tissue engineers; alongside the well-known biochemical and mechanical cues used to recreate biologically relevant tissues, we attempt to integrate electrical cues. Electrical cues have a demonstrated role in development, not just for electrogenic tissues, but for all tissues. To enable the trifecta of stimuli necessary for recreating tissues in vitro, we have generated conducting polymer scaffolds blended with biopolymers such as collagen. I will show evidence that these structures can simultaneously host and monitor tissues. Speaker Biography Dr. Róisín M. Owens received her BA in Natural Sciences (Mod. Biochemistry) at Trinity College Dublin, and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Southampton University. She carried out two postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell University, on host-pathogen interactions of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with Prof. David Russell, and on rhinovirus therapeutics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering with Prof. Moonsoo Jin. From 2009 to2017 she was a group leader in the department of bioelectronics at Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne, on the microelectronics campus in Provence. Her current research centres on application of organic electronic materials for monitoring biological systems in vitro, with a specific interest in studying the gut-brain-microbiome axis. She has received several awards including the European Research Council starting (2011), proof of concept grant (2014) and consolidator (2016) grants, a Marie Curie fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship. In 2014, she became principal editor for biomaterials for MRS communications (Cambridge University Press), and she serves on the advisory board of Advanced BioSystems and Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley). She is author of 50+ publications.

    School of Materials Safety Induction

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    This is for all new staff, visiting academics and anyone from other Schools coming to work in Materials. Please let me know if you or a member of your group needs to attend so I can register you.

    Manchester Metallurgical Society Seminar entitled "Modular Reactors for the UK"

    Tuesday, February 06, 2018

    More details to follow.

    The Manchester Heat of the IoM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    This is the Manchester heat of the competition with cash prizes for the top 3 sponsored by the MMS. The winner will go onto the North West Heat to represent Manchester. The competition is open to anyone who has followed a course of study in Materials Science, Technology or Engineering or who is employed in that capacity.

    Northwest and North Wales Heat of the IoM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competion

    Tuesday, March 06, 2018

    This is the North West heat of the competition with a cash prize for the winner. The winner will go onto the National final to represent the North West.

    Manchester Metallurgical Society seminar entitled "Materials Failure Investigations"

    Tuesday, April 03, 2018

    More details to follow.

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