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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...

  • Manchester Metallurgical Society IoM3 Young Persons Lecture Competition

    Tuesday, March 07, 2017

    The Manchester Metallurgical Society are hosting the regional round for the IOM3 Young Person's lecturer competition. If students/PDRAs would like to enter, they should complete an entry form and abstract and submit it to Adeel ( Competitors must be 28 or under on 1 June 2017. The closing date for entries is February 22nd but earlier submissions would be very helpful. Regional winner to receive a total of £250, 1 year free IoM3 Membership and the opportunity to represent the North West at the national Final in London. £750 for the winner plus a trip to the national Final in Perth, Australia! Please also note that there will only be 5 available places and, if necessary we will run preliminary elimination rounds which will be judged by IOM3 council members.

    School of Materials Safety Induction

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    The next School Safety Induction is on the Wednesday 15th March, 11am, C14 MSS Building. This is for all new staff, students, visiting academics and anyone from other Schools coming to work in Materials. Please note: this is not for MSc-PGT students about to start their projects. This group has their own mandatory safety lecture scheduled for the 10th March, 16:00 at C9 Renold. If you’re a supervisor please remind your students to attend.

    Transparent, flexible and conductive films of advanced materials at liquid/liquid interfaces

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    We are reporting during the last years that liquid-liquid (L/L) interfaces are suitable confined medium to stabilize thin films of unprocessable materials, easily transferable to several ordinary substrates enabling their studies in thin films-based devices. In this talk will be presented the strategies and synthetic approach to prepare thin, transparent, homogeneous and conducting films of different carbon nanostructures (carbon nanotubes and graphene), as well as their nanocomposites with metal nanoparticles, conducting polymers and inorganic materials like Prussian blue and analogues. Also, a novel chemical (bottom up) synthetic route to graphene and graphene/polymer nanocomposite, based on L/L interfaces, will be presented. Application of these films as i) transparent and flexible electrodes; ii) electrodes for alkaline and ion-Li batteries; iii) electrochromic materials; iv) sensors; v) active layers in photovoltaic devices; vi) SERS substrates; vii) supercapacitor and viii) catalysts, with improved and unusual performances, will be presented and discussed in light of the structure and morphology of the nanostructured films.

    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

    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

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