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July 2021

  Mon 12
 - Wed 14 Jul 2021
Image: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in IndonesiaDelivering Battery Revolution: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in Indonesia
The National Battery Research Institute (NBRI) in Indonesia and Queen Mary University London (QMUL), in collaboration with the British Council, invite you to participate in a Climate Challenge Workshop on "Delivering Battery Revolution: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in Indonesia" to be held 12-14th July 2021. This workshop, funded by the British Council, is a COP26 pre-conference event. The aim of this Climate Challenge Workshop is to harness the power of people all over the world â€...

June 2021

  Wed 23 Jun 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Christopher Wilmer, University of PittsburghDesigning Electronic Noses with MOFs & Molecular Simulations, with Associate Professor Christopher Wilmer, University of Pittsburgh
Zoom
This week's seminar will be 'Designing Electronic Noses with MOFs & Molecular Simulations' with Associate Professor Christopher Wilmer, from the University of Pittsburgh. This will be online. Abstract: While electronic ears and eyes (better known as microphones and cameras) work extremely well and are by some metrics better than their biological counterparts, electronic noses come nowhere near the capabilities of biological noses. One the challenging aspects of electronic nose design is...
  Wed 16 Jun 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Salvador PanĂ©Online Seminar 'Magnetic Small-Scale Robots' with Professor Salvador PanĂ©, ETH ZĂŒrich
Online Seminar
We are delighted to welcome Professor Salvador PanĂ© , Senior Research Scientist at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH ZĂŒrich. His talk is on 'Magnetic Small-Scale Robots'. The talk is in MS Teams Abstract: We live in a world increasingly surrounded by robots such as robotic surgical systems, flying drones, autonomous planetary rovers, and robotic appliances. An emerging family of robotic systems are untethered micro- and nanorobots. These tiny...
  Wed 9 Jun 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Joao Mano, University of AveiroSeminar: Bioengineering human tissues using soft biomaterials, with Professor Joao Mano, University of Aveiro
online
Online: MS Teams Title: Bioengineering human tissues using soft biomaterials Abstract: Tissue Engineering has been integrating principles of materials science and engineering, chemistry, biology and health sciences in order to develop regenerative-based therapeutic strategies combining stem cells and biomaterials. Biomaterials have been widely as a structural support for adherent cells and as a vehicle to provide relevant biochemical and biophysical signals to control cell behavior. In...
  Wed 2 Jun 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Lucas R. MezaSeminar: "It's a Small World: Reengineering Material Properties Using Micro- and Nanoarchitecture", Professor Lucas Meza, University of Washington
MS Teams - online
It's a Small World: Reengineering Material Properties Using Micro- and Nanoarchitecture with Professor Lucas R. Meza Online Event Abstract: It is well understood that materials derive their properties from both their composition and the nanoscale organization of their constituents. Controlling and quantifying that relationship is a fundamental problem in materials science, and a large body of work has been applied to studying the unique material properties that arise on sub-micron length...

May 2021

  Wed 26 May 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong (ETHZ)Seminar: Structured cell-instructive microgel materials, with Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
online
This week we welcome Marcy Zenobi-Wong, American engineer and Professor of Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - presenting 'Structured cell-instructive microgel materials' The seminar is via MS Teams Abstract: The tissue engineering (TE) field was established to create living replacement tissues to treat injured or diseased sites in the body by combining three 'pillars': cells, scaffolds, and biological/physical signals. Perhaps the greatest...
  Mon 17
 - Thu 20 May 2021
Image: Seminar: Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium 2021
Online
To register for all sessions please go to Eventbrite
  Wed 5 May 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Hanjoong Jo, Emory UniversitySeminar: Disturbed Flow, Endothelial Reprograming, and Atherosclerosis – Lessons from Single-Cell Genomics Study, with Professor Hanjoong Jo, Emory University and Georgia Tech
online
This week's seminar in MS Teams is entitled 'Disturbed Flow, Endothelial Reprograming, and Atherosclerosis - Lessons from Single-Cell Genomics Study'. We are delighted to welcome Professor Hanjoong Jo who is Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor and Associate Chair for Emory Biomedical Engineering, in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, at Emory University and Georgia Tech. Abstract: Atherosclerosis is the major underlying cause of myocardial infarction and stroke, and occurs...

April 2021

  Wed 28 Apr 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Felix Rico, Associate Professor Aix-Marseille UniversitySeminar: Joint Seminar Series with Professor Felix Rico, 'Advances in AFM Force Measurements'
MS Teams
Professor Felix Rico, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, INSERM, presents 'Advances in AFM Force Measurements' as part of our Joint Engineering MRI, IoB, Colloids Seminar Series. Meeting is via MS Teams Abstract: High-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) is a unique technology allowing sub-second, nanometric imaging of biological samples [1]. We have adapted HS-AFM to perform high-speed force spectroscopy (HS-FS) both on single molecules and living cells with microsecond time resolution. With...
  Wed 14 Apr 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr ZoltĂĄn Kis, Imperial College LondonSeminar: Quality by digital design and techno-economic modelling of RNA vaccine production for pandemic response, with Dr ZoltĂĄn Kis, Imperial College London
MS Teams
Quality by digital design and techno-economic modelling of RNA vaccine production for pandemic response - Microsoft Teams meeting - Click here to join Abstract: The RNA vaccine platform technology has been successfully used to develop Covid-19 vaccines at record speeds. However, the RNA vaccine production volumes and rates can be further increased, while reducing costs and maintaining consistently high product quality. To aid this, we perform quality by digital design (QbDD) and techno...
  Wed 7 Apr 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Gino AmbrosioSeminar: Engineering biomaterials and interfaces for the advancement in healthcare, with Professor Gino Ambrosio, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Join us for our Joint MRI and IOB seminar which this week will be given by Professor Gino Ambrosio, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Abstract: The implementation of a personalised therapy together a less invasive surgery for the restoration of human tissues is becoming an appropriate strategy to mitigate costs of the modern health care system and the maintenance of health and quality of life. The current challenge is to design material at the site of surgery with specific...

March 2021

  Wed 31 Mar 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Alberto Saiani, FRSCSeminar: Self-assembling peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications: from design to commercialisation, with Prof. Alberto Saiani, FRSC (The University of Manchester)
MS Teams
This week we welcome Alberto Saiani, Professor of Molecular Materials Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. The link is here 'Self-assembling peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications: from design to commercialisation' Prof. Alberto Saiani, FRSC (Department of Materials & Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, The University of Manchester) Abstract: The use of non-covalent self-assembly has become a prominent strategy in material science offering practical routes for the...
  Wed 24 Mar 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Eddie PelanSeminar: A brief overview of formulation engineering principles using processed food as an example, with Professor Eddie Pelan, University of Birmingham
MS Teams
We are delighted to bring you today's speaker: Prof. Eddie Pelan, PhD Title: A brief overview of formulation engineering principles using processed food as an example Here is the link to the MS Teams channel Abstract: I will present a very short description of what the University of Birmingham CDT in Formulation Engineering tries to do. Then I will introduce some generic aspects of (food) emulsions and show how many different products can be formulated using a relatively small class of...
  Wed 17 Mar 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Bo HouSeminar: Colloidal Quantum Dots: The Artificial Building Blocks for New-Generation Optoelectronics and Photonics’, Bo Hou, Cardiff University
MS Teams
Join us then when Dr Bo Hou, Lecturer in the Condensed Matter and Photonics Group at Cardiff University will present 'Colloidal Quantum Dots: The Artificial Building Blocks for New-Generation Optoelectronics and Photonics'. Bo is a Lecturer at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University. His research interests include quantum dot synthesis, quantum dot optoelectronics (PV, LED, Photodetector, Display and Image sensor), electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic charge transfer analysis...
  Wed 10 Mar 2021
  13:30 - 16:00
Image: Organ-on-a-Chip e-Symposium
Online
Wednesday afternoon monthly e-Symposia series 2021 at 1.30pm - 4pm with an exciting keynote and open call for additional talks. Register at the link below. Keynote speaker: Professor Christine Mummery – Leiden University Chair: Adrian Biddle, QMUL 1.30pm: Abstract Presentions Paul Holloway, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford: "Developing microfluidic in vitro models of ischemic stroke" Roberta Visone, Politecnico di Milano: "uHeart: a beating heart-on-chip for...

February 2021

  Wed 24 Feb 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Paolo NettiSeminar: 'Organ-on-Chip as reliable and predictive tools for clinical implementation of personalized and precision medicine' with Paolo Netti from The Center for Advanced Biomaterials for HealthCare@CRIB Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
MS Teams
Join us for our Joint MRI and IOB seminar at 3pm on 24th February which will be given by Paolo Netti from The Center for Advanced Biomaterials for HealthCare@CRIB Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, University of Naples Federico II. The topic of his presentation will be "Organ-on-Chip as reliable and predictive tools for clinical implementation of personalized and precision medicine". Please use the link to join the meeting. Microsoft Teams meeting Abstract: Personalized medicine and...
  Wed 3 Feb 2021
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Prof Ashwin Gopinath, MITSeminar: DNA origami: The bridge from Top to Bottom, with Professor Ashwin Gopinath, MIT
MS Teams online
Online event - If you would like to meet with the speaker, please contact our host for this event - Dr Matteo Palma - at the email address below. Abstract: Conventional top-down nanofabrication, over the last six decades, has enabled almost all the complex electronic, optical and micro-fluidic devices that form the foundation of our society. Parallel efforts, exploring bottom-up self-assembly processes, have also enabled design and synthesis of structures like quantum dots, carbon...

January 2021

  Tue 5 Jan 2021
  14:00 - 16:30
Image: MRI mini symposium
MS Teams
School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London MRI mini symposium 14:00 - 16:30 (GMT time) 14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and Introduction 14:10 – 14:30 'Practical development of efficient thermoelectric – photovoltaic hybrid systems based on wide-gap solar cells' with Bruno Lorenzi 14:30 – 14:50 'Optimization of Transparent SnOx and ZnO Thin Films for Thermoelectric Devices' with Eliana Vieira 14:50 – 15:10 'Organic Semiconductors: A...

December 2020

  Mon 7
 - Fri 11 Dec 2020
Image: PhD student training programme
MS Teams
Colleagues from the Materials Research Institute (MRI) will be delivering PhD student training between 7th and 11th December 2020 and we invite you to join this training. It's aimed at 1st and 2nd year PhD students, but is open to all who may benefit. This year our training will be focused on methods and techniques that should provide a solid framework for your research activities as well as widen your knowledge base. More information including training schedule (attached) and the enrolment...
  Wed 2 Dec 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Sima Aminorroaya YaminiSeminar: High thermoelectric performance in multiphase materials, with Dr Sima Aminorroaya Yamini, Sheffield Hallam University
This is an online webinar
'High thermoelectric performance in multiphase materials' with Dr Sima Aminorroaya, Reader at the Department of Engineering and Mathematics, Sheffield Hallam University. Microsoft Teams meeting Abstract: During the last decade, great strides have been made to improve the conversion efficiency, zT, of bulk thermoelectric materials by nanostructuring to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity, to promote energy filtering and to introduce composition modulation doping. Multiphase...

November 2020

  Wed 4 Nov 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: ”The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Nanocomposite Strain Sensors for Future Healthcare Devices” , Dr Conor Boland, University of Sussex
Online (MS Teams)
Materials Physics is a recently-established stream of research at Sussex, led by Professor Alan Dalton, Dr Alice King and Dr Conor Boland, which focuses on understanding structure-property relationships in nanomaterials, particularly two-dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum disulfide. Our research seeks to use low-cost, scalable solution processing techniques to develop these materials towards applications including printed electronics, strain sensors, energy storage devices...

October 2020

  Wed 14 Oct 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: "Disentangling extrinsic and intrinsic disorder to free electrons in organic crystals: Band-like transport in n-type organic semiconductors" Prof. Emanuele Orgiu, INRS, Université du Québec.
Online (details coming soon)
Charge transport in organic semiconductors is notoriously sensitive to the presence of disorder, both intrinsic and extrinsic, especially for n-type materials. Intrinsic dynamic disorder stems from large thermal fluctuations both in intermolecular transfer integrals and (molecular) site energies in weakly interacting van der Waals solids and sources transient localization of the charge carriers. The molecular vibrations that drive transient localization typically operate at low-frequency (< a...

September 2020

  Fri 18 Sep 2020
  14:00 - 16:00
Image: Queen Mary University of LondonUrban Transport Technology Industry Event
Online
An online event connecting researchers with industry in the area of Urban Transport Technology. Queen Mary University of London has won two large grants from the Dept of Education (ÂŁ18M) and the Skills for London (ÂŁ10M) to establish an Institute of Technology (IOT) where we will offer degree apprenticeships from 2022 with our partners at Newham College. As part of this we are establishing a new QMUL Urban Transport Technology Centre and new relationships with large employers and SMEs. ...

July 2020

  Wed 15 Jul 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Ella GaleSeminar: Webinar 'The application of machine learning to synthetic chemistry' with Dr Ella Gale
MS Teams - link is below
We are delighted to welcome Dr Ella Gale Research Associate in the School of Chemistry, at the University of Bristol. Ella will be giving a talk on Wednesday 15th July at 3pm over Teams entitled 'The application of machine learning to synthetic chemistry'. The talk is via MS Teams at https://rb.gy/z6ltqi Abstract: Machine Learning (ML) is making its way into the lab. In this talk, Ella will speak about where ML can contribute to all aspects of synthetic chemistry from suggesting...

June 2020

  Wed 24 Jun 2020
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Joseph Moran Seminar - On the Origins of Biological Metabolism
Online - please register at the link below
We welcome Professor Joseph Moran who will talk about the emergence of life, specifically biological metabolism, purely from a chemical systems perspective. About this Event Biological metabolism exhibits signs that it may have started as a self-organized chemical system. The need for continuity between prebiotic chemistry and biochemistry mean that the two probably still resemble each other in key ways. Our aim is to infer the conditions that produced the initial self-organized system. To...
  Wed 17 Jun 2020
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Prof. Francesco StellacciEng. Seminar - Supramolecular Approaches to Design Novel Antivirals
Online
We welcome Professor Francesco Stellacci, who pioneered much about the display of ligands on nanoparticles, presents a new approach to fighting viruses. Please register at the Eventbrite link below. Viral infections are among the main causes of death in the world. When prevention is not an option, antiviral drugs are the last resort to prevent the spread and the mortality of these infections. There are only a few effective drugs on the market, for the most part they prevent intracellular...
  Wed 10 Jun 2020
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Frank GuptonSeminar: Seminar - Flow Chemistry Making Waves in the Pharmaceutical Industry, with Professor Frank Gupton, CEO of Medicines for All
Online Event
On Wed, 10th June, at 3pm we welcome Professor Frank Gupton, CEO of Medicines for All, who will share how they have achieved the impossible - drastically decreasing the optimised cost of generic drugs by using flow chemistry. Please register at the Eventbrite link below. Frank Gupton is a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. He is the Floyd D. Gottwald Chair of...
  Mon 8 Jun 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Pascal GehringMeasuring the thermoelectric properties of single molecules and low-dimensional materials, Webinar with Dr Pascal Gehring
Talk is available at the link below
Join us for our next CCMMP/MRI Webinar with Dr Pascal Gehring, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Holland. Pascal is a postdoc in the Department of Quantum Nanoscience and will present his latest research at this CCMMP/MRI webinar. Title: 'Measuring the thermoelectric properties of single molecules and low-dimensional materials' Go to: shorturl.at/gCS28 Abstract: Theory predicts that heat-to-charge conversion is so efficient in single molecules, that they hold unexplored potential...
  Wed 3 Jun 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Erik GaugerSeminar: Harnessing non-equilibrium effects in bio-inspired and engineered quantum networks, Webinar with Erik Gauger
Online webinar
Join us for the first in a joint CCMMP/MRI Webinar series when we welcome Dr Erik Gauger, from Heriot-Watt University. Erik is a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow and joined the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt in 2015 as assistant Professor. The link is here: shorturl.at/lmyM1 He will present 'Harnessing non-equilibrium effects in bio-inspired and engineered quantum networks'. Abstract: In this talk I will explore the interplay between coherent quantum...

May 2020

  Wed 13 May 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Sebastian SprickSeminar: This event has been postponed - Conjugated Polymer Photocatalysts for Solar Fuel Production, with R Sebastian Sprick, University of Liverpool
This event has been postponed
At a future date we will welcome R. SEBASTIAN SPRICK, Department of Chemistry and Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool. ABSTRACT: Photocatalytic hydrogen production from water is a research area of immense interest as hydrogen has been identified as a potential energy carrier of the future. Most of the studied photocatalysts are inorganic and organic materials have been far less studied, with the exception of carbon nitride materials. Here, I will present our work on the...

April 2020

  Wed 8 Apr 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Joseph MoranSeminar: This event has been postponed. Triangulating the conditions for self-organization of the primordial metabolism, with Professor Joseph Moran, Université de Strasbourg
This event has been postponed
At a future date we will welcome Joseph Moran Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, ISIS. The network structure of metabolism and the apparent recapitulation of amino acid biosynthesis in the genetic code suggest, to some, that genetics emerged from metabolism rather than the other way around.1 We suspect that a self-organized, non-enzymatic form of metabolism predated the rise of RNA and enzymes. Like other self-organized dynamic processes in nature, such a reaction network would have been...
  Wed 1 Apr 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Conor S. BolandSeminar: This event has been postponed. Materials Research Institute Seminar with Dr Conor S. Boland, University of Sussex
This event has been postponed.
At a future date we will welcome Dr Conor S. Boland from the Materials Physics department at the University of Sussex. Materials Physics is a recently-established stream of research at Sussex, led by Professor Alan Dalton, Dr Alice King and Dr Conor Boland, which focuses on understanding structure-property relationships in nanomaterials, particularly two-dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum disulfide. Our research seeks to use low-cost, scalable solution processing...

March 2020

  Wed 4 Mar 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Sohini Kar-Narayan, University of CambridgeSeminar: 'Polymer-based nanomaterials for energy harvesting and sensing' with Sohini Kar-Narayan, University of Cambridge
Lecture Theatre PP2, People's Palace, Mile End Campus
The Materials Research Institute welcomes Dr Sohini Kar-Narayan, Reader in Device & Energy Materials at the University of Cambridge. This talk is entitled 'Polymer-based nanomaterials for energy harvesting and sensing.' Her research within the Device Materials Group aims at developing polymer-based nanomaterials for applications in energy harvesting and sensing. Dr Kar-Narayan's work involves piezoelectric, ferroelectric, magnetoelectric and thermoelectric nanostructures for harvesting and...
  Tue 3 Mar 2020
  18:00 - 19:30
Image: QMUL Nobel Lecture Professor Didier QuelozSeminar: Queen Mary Public Lecture Series with 2019 Nobel Prize winner in Physics - Prof. Didier Queloz
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
QMUL Nobel Lectures: Didier Queloz - Finding Life on Other Planets About this Event As part of Queen Mary University of London's Public Lecture Series, and in partnership with The Engineering Seminar Series, Professor Didier Queloz (2019 Nobel Prize in Physics) will give a public lecture at Queen Mary on Tuesday 3rd March 2020. This talk will be focus on recent work on finding planets in extra-solar systems that led to the Nobel Prize, and implications for finding life elsewhere in the...

February 2020

  Thu 27 Feb 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Wing Chung TsoiSeminar: Printable solar cells for indoor and aerospace applications, with Dr Wing Chung Tsoi (Swansea University)
Queen Mary, Mile End Campus, Geography Building Room 2.26
Abstract: Organic and perovskite photovoltaic cells are attractive for next generation power sources, with the potential for low cost photovoltaic cells. Furthermore, the optical properties can be easily tuned chemically, this property is very attractive for indoor applications (e.g. white LEDs mainly emit in the visible). Moreover, they can be fabricated on light weight and flexible substrates with very high specific power (power per weight) which is important for aerospace applications. This...
  Mon 24 Feb 2020
  10:00 - 18:00
Image: Thomas Young Centre Student Day 2020 Monday 24th February 2020 at King’s College London
The Great Hall, King’s College London
This year's Thomas Young Centre Student Day 2020 takes place at King’s College London and students from Queen Mary, King’s, UCL and Imperial are all encouraged to attend. This year will be a great experience at the Student Day as it is aimed at inspiring students and postdocs, and encouraging you to think about the direction that your careers in materials might take, as well as hearing more of the interesting and varied work being done by your peers across London. It is an excellent...
  Wed 19 Feb 2020
  12:00 - 13:00
Image: Seminar: Orthopedic Biomaterials Enabled by Network Architecture, with Professor Melissa Grunlan, Texas A&M University (TAMU)
Nanoforce Conference Room (2nd floor Joseph Priestley Building), Mile End Campus of Queen Mary
Orthopedic Biomaterials Enabled by Network Architecture, with Professor Melissa Grunlan, Texas A&M University (TAMU). Abstract In this seminar, polymer network architecture is shown to be leveraged to achieve biomaterial functionality in two applications: self-fitting shape memory scaffolds (to treat irregular bone defects) and synthetic cartilage. Shape memory polymer (SMP) scaffolds were prepared having the capacity to conformally “self-fit” into and eventually heal irregular bone...
  Wed 12 Feb 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Alexander GillettSeminar: Triplet formation in non-fullerene acceptor organic solar cells, with Dr Alexander Gillett, University of Cambridge
Lecture Theatre PP2, People's Palace, Mile End Campus
The development of electron accepting materials that are not based on fullerene derivatives has been key to the recent resurgence of organic solar cells (OSCs), with power conversion efficiencies of 17% reported.(1) However, despite the rapid progress made, the voltage losses of OSCs associated with non-radiative (NR) recombination events is still significantly higher than rival inorganic technologies, such as perovskites.(2) Therefore, the future of OSCs depends on our ability to highlight and...
  Wed 5 Feb 2020
  13:00 - 14:00
Image: Professor Alexandre Tkatchenko'The Promise and Rise of Machine Learning in Chemistry and Physics' with Alexandre Tkatchenko, Professor of Theoretical Chemical Physics, University of Luxembourg
Arts One Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Alexandre Tkatchenko is a Professor of Theoretical Chemical Physics at the University of Luxembourg and Visiting Professor at the Berlin Big Data Center. Professor Tkatchenko obtained his bachelor degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin from 2008 and 2010 and led an independent research group at the same institute...
  Tue 4 Feb 2020
  17:00 - 18:30
Image: Professor Alexandre TkatchenkoThe Thomas Young Centre (TYC) Highlight Seminar 'Covalent and Non-Covalent Interactions in Molecular Systems' with Professor Alexandre Tkatchenko, University of Luxembourg
Queen Mary University of London, GO Jones Room 610, Mile End Campus
Professor Alexandre Tkatchenko, Professor of Physics at the University of Luxembourg presents; 'Covalent and Non-Covalent Interactions in Molecular Systems' This talk will concern the development of efficient, yet potentially very accurate, models to describe covalent and non-covalent (van der Waals) interactions in molecular systems. For local chemical interactions, we have developed symmetrized force-based machine learning techniques that allow to achieve the "gold standard" quantum...

January 2020

  Fri 31 Jan 2020
  13:00 - 14:00
Image: Prof Roberta Sessoli 'Magnetic Molecules and the Second Quantum Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges' with RSC Award Lecture, 2019 Centenary Prize winner, Professor Roberta Sessoli, University of Florence
Drapers Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus
We welcome 2019 Centenary Prize Winner Professor Roberta Sessoli from UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Firenze. Professor Sessoli was awarded for world-leading research on molecular magnetism, single chain magnets and sustained memory effects in molecular systems. Roberta Sessoli obtained the PhD in Chemistry in 1992 at the University of Florence working on low dimensional molecular magnetic materials with Prof. Dante Gatteschi and performing part of her studies at the Institut d'Electronique...
  Wed 29 Jan 2020
  14:00 - 15:00
Image: Professor Yang YangSeminar: 'Strategies toward High Efficiency Organic and Perovskite Solar cells' with 2019 Sustainable Energy Award winner – Professor Yang Yang, University of California
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
We welcome 2019 Sustainable Energy Award Winner - Professor Yang Yang, University of California, LA. Yang was awarded for extraordinary contributions to the processing of organic and hybrid electronic materials and interfaces, leading to highly efficient solar cells. Professor Yang Yang is the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. Endowed Chair Professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in...
  Wed 29 Jan 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Prof Tom McLeishSeminar: 'A Statistical Mechanics Approach to Evolution - are there Ergodic Dynamics in Genotype Space?' with Professor Tom McLeish, University of York
Lecture Theatre PP2, People's Palace, Mile End Campus
The first of two talks from Tom McLeish, University of York. Abstract: A Statistical Mechanics Approach to Evolution - are there Ergodic Dynamics in Genotype Space? There is a fruitful and developing programme within the ‘Physics of Life’ exploring analogies between evolution and the statistical mechanics of complex matter [1,2]. Both treat exponentially large spaces of configurations (possible genomes/possible microstates) which are explored by random dynamics (random mutation...
  Wed 29 Jan 2020
  18:00 - 19:00
Image: Professor Tom McLeish'The Poetry and Music of Science: Creative Populations across Cultures' with Tom McLeish, FRS, FRSC
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
We are delighted to welcome back for this evening's talk: Tom McLeish, FRS, FRSC, prominent scientist, author and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University for a public lecture 'The Poetry and Music of Science: Creative Populations across Cultures'. Abstract: I could not see any place in science for my creativity or imagination,’ was the explanation, of a bright school leaver to the author, of why she had abandoned all study of science. Yet as any scientist knows, the imagination is...
  Tue 28 Jan 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Alin Elena, STFCSeminar: HF Dissociation in Water Clusters by Computer Simulations, with Alin Elena, Computational Scientist at Daresbury Laboratory
Laws Building Room 1.00, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus
Alin Elena is a Computational Scientist at the Scientific & Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory. Here his main activity relates to methods and software development, DL_POLY4. Alin has a strong interest in new technologies and High Performance Computing and their application to statistical physics. I am also involved in the Xeon Phi and many-core versions of DL_POLY. He studied for a Bachelor degree at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics and obtained a PhD at University...
  Wed 22 Jan 2020
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Prof Laurent Cognet, University of BordeauxSeminar: 'Super-resolution microscopy at visible and near-infrared wavelengths: from nanomaterials to deep tissue imaging' with Professor Laurent Cognet, from the University of Bordeaux
Lecture Theatre PP2, People's Palace, Mile End Campus
Abstract: Laurent Cognet LP2N - Institut d’Optique, CNRS & University of Bordeaux, Talence, France laurent.cognet@u-bordeaux.fr Sub-wavelength localization of single nano-emitters is the basis of several super-resolution microscopy approaches which are now applied in different fields of science requiring nanoscale imaging performance. In more complex systems than isolated nanostructures or living cells, it still remains a challenge to apply super-resolution imaging approaches, especially...

December 2019

  Mon 16 Dec 2019
  13:00 - 18:00
Image: Seminar: Materials Research Institute Christmas Symposium
'Arts One' Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
This year's MRI Christmas Symposium 2019 will take place on Monday 16th December, 1 - 6pm, in the 'Arts One' Lecture Theatre. This is an opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers to present their work to peers and senior colleagues in a friendly environment. The event will be followed by drinks and nibbles from 6pm in the Senior Common Room Bar, Queens' Building for those that can make it along. And as it's Christmas, there will be prizes for the best PhD research...
  Wed 4 Dec 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Miguel AlgueróSeminar: ‘Multiferroic single-phase and composite materials for room temperature magnetoelectricity’, Dr Miguel Algueró, Institutode Cienciade Materialesde Madrid (ICMM)
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Our next Materials Research Institute seminar is 'Multiferroic single-phase and composite materials for room temperature magnetoelectricity', with Miguel AlguerĂł, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Madrid, Spain. Abstract: The solid state linear magnetoelectric effect is the development of an electric polarization proportional to an applied magnetic field, and conversely of a magnetization in response to an electric field. Magnetoelectrics are a key enabling material...

November 2019

  Tue 19 Nov 2019
  13:00 - 14:00
Image: 'A physicist’s dream or nightmare? The microstructure of ice cream: its importance, and how it is influenced by processing and storage' with Dr Bill Frith, Unilever
Engineering Building, SEMS Seminar Room (3rd Floor), Mile End Campus
It is my pleasure to host Dr Bill Frith from Unilever to talk about Industrial ice-cream making. The topic is how to make ice-cream on an industrial scale. It promises to be of interest to both a very broad audience, and to specialists who work with suspensions and emulsions. Please find below the abstract and bio of the speaker. A physicist’s dream or nightmare? The microstructure of ice cream: its importance, and how it is influenced by processing and storage. Ice cream is an...
  Tue 12 Nov 2019
  10:00 - 12:00
Image: Modelling ElectrochemistryModelling Electrochemistry with COMSOL MultiphysicsÂź
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Electronics Laboratory (Eng 3.56) Mile End Road, London E1 4FZ
We are holding a workshop on COMSOL on 12th of November, and the registration link is available in the official COMSOL site (link below): The workshop is focused on getting familiar with general functionalities of COMSOL Multiphysics, plus with the case studies of electrochemistry interface for battery modelling. At this workshop, you will see the capabilities and workflow of the COMSOL MultiphysicsÂź software and learn through a guided hands-on exercise. You will leave with new skills to...
  Wed 6 Nov 2019
  09:00 - 18:00
Image: FIRED-UP - Faculty Industry Research Engagement DayFIRED-UP - Faculty Industry Research Engagement Day, Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Octagon, Queens' Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London E1 4NS
The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London will be showcasing its research excellence to specially invited innovative and R&D oriented companies at the Faculty Industrial Research Engagement Day (FIRED-UP) on 6th November 2019. The MRI's Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido will be giving a talk on “New Sustainable Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion Technologies” You must register to attend this event at the link below. The event will: provide you with cutting...

October 2019

  Thu 31 Oct 2019
  14:00 - 15:00
Image: Dr Fabrizia FogliaSeminar: 'Advanced neutron scattering to reveal structure-dynamics correlation in membrane technology' with Dr Fabrizia Foglia, UCL
Joseph Priestly Seminar Room, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
The Materials Research Institute welcome Dr Fabrizia Foglia, from UCL's Chemistry Department here in London. Fabrizia graduated from the University of Naples (Italy) in 2006. In 2012 she obtained her PhD at King’s College London under the supervision of Dr Barlow, Professor Lawrence and Dr Drake. Her research involved the biophysical study of model biomembranes and the investigation of the molecular mechanism of the antimycotic drug amphotericin. She is currently a researcher at UCL where she...
  Thu 24 Oct 2019
  13:00 - 14:00
Image: Maria Dolores Martin BermudoSeminar: Cell-ECM interactions regulate epithelial morphogenesis by controlling the architecture and mechancial properties of actomyosin networks, with Maria Dolores Martin Bermudo, Andaluz de BiologĂ­a del Desarrollo, Seville, Spain
Fogg lecture theatre, G.E. Fogg Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary
Maria Dolores Martin Bermudo is visiting Queen Mary to give a seminar this Thursday 24th Oct at 1pm in the Fogg lecture theatre. The talk is entitled "Cell-ECM interactions regulate epithelial morphogenesis by controlling the architecture and mechancial properties of actomyosin networks” and an abstract is below. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. Abstract: Forces generated by the actomyosin cytoskeleton are key contributors to many morphogenetic processes. The...
  Wed 23 Oct 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr John GriffinSeminar: Linking Structure and Function in Organic Energy Materials, Dr John Griffin, Lancaster University
PP1 Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Mile End Campus
John's research interests concern the study of structure and mechanisms in materials - in particular those with energy storage or conversion applications. One of the key tools used for this is solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a powerful analytical technique that can provide detailed information about atomic-scale structure, disorder and dynamics. Abstract: Organic materials offer many promising properties for next-generation technologies. Organic semiconductors are...
  Fri 18 Oct 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: 'All-inorganic Lead Halide Perovskites as a Gain Material for Lasers' Dr Handong Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
G.O. Jones Room 410 A&B, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
We welcome Dr Handong Sun, from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to Queen Mary. He will be giving a talk on optical materials and photonic applications with perovskite lasing materials, which is a hot topic. Abstract: All-inorganic cesium lead halide perovskite nanostructures have been emerging as a new class of quantum materials for lasing. I will report on low-threshold and ultrastable stimulated emission under atmospheric conditions from CsPbX3 nanocrystals. The gain...
  Thu 17 Oct 2019
  17:00 - 19:00
Image: Jean-Philip Piquemal, Sorbonne UniversitéSeminar: Thomas Young Centre Soirée: 'Scalable polarizable molecular dynamics using Tinker-HP', Prof Jean-Philip Piquemal & 'Can we derive many-body non-additive polarization energies from 1-body properties and 2-body energies only?, Dr Alston Misquitta
G.O. Jones Building - Room 6.10, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Our next Thomas Young Centre Soirée begins with a first talk at 17:00 covering research advancements in force-fields, intermolecular electronic structure methods, and simulation codes. Join us as we welcome Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Sorbonne Université - Jean-Philip Piquemal to our next soirée. Scalable polarizable molecular dynamics using Tinker-HP (Jean-Philip Piquemal, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France) Abstract: Tinker-HP is a CPU based, double precision,...
  Wed 9 Oct 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: 'Tailoring the optoelectronic properties of single walled carbon nanotubes for advanced applications' with Dr Antonio Setaro, Free University Berlin
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Our next speaker is Dr Antonio Setaro from the Free University Berlin. His research covers Material Characterization; Materials Thin Films and Nanotechnology; and Nanomaterials Synthesis. Abstract: Technological applications of single walled carbon nanotubes are thwarted by the big functionalization dilemma: Either one works in the noncovalent approach, which preserves the quantum optoelectronic features of the tubes but is intrinsically weak and can easily disassemble, or one covalently...

September 2019

  Wed 25 Sep 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Karl BörjessonSeminar: MRI Seminar 'Conversion between singlet and triplet states in the strong and weak coupling regimes.' with Dr Karl Börjesson, University of Gothenburg
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
We welcome Dr Karl Börjesson from the University of Gothenburg where Karl leads a research group specialising in the construction of molecules or molecular based systems that are able to perform highly specialized functions to be used within material sciences. The competence of the group involves both the synthesis of complex molecules and the photophysical/electrical characterization of the molecular based systems. Abstract: Chemists can today synthesize virtually any molecule imaginable....
  Fri 20 Sep 2019
  09:00 - 18:00
Image: Biology Meets Physics SymposiumConference: Biology Meets Physics Symposium
The Great Hall, People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London
We are delighted to present Queen Mary University of London's all day ‘Biology Meets Physics Symposium’. This will be a truly multidisciplinary event that reaches across world leading research at Queen Mary's Material Research Institute; The Institute of Bioengineering; the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences & Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. This research event takes place in the historic People’s Palace inside the beautiful Grade II listed Great Hall, a...
  Tue 3
 - Thu 5 Sep 2019
Image: Seminar: British Council Researcher Links Workshop - Collective dynamics and pair correlations in atomic and colloidal systems across coupling regimes
G. O. Jones lecture theatre (Day 1 & 3) and Arts One lecture theatre (Day 2), Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
The British Council researcher links workshop begins on 3rd September taking place in the G. O. Jones lecture theatre. Then on 4th September we move to the 'Arts One' lecture theatre and return on 5th September to the G. O. Jones LT. All the events are at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus. This year's theme is Collective dynamics and pair correlations in atomic and colloidal systems across coupling regimes. The full programme is available online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collective-dynamics...
  Tue 3 Sep 2019
  09:00 - 17:00
Image: Seminar: Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES) Early Career Workshop, 3 Sept, London
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS
Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems Early Career Workshop on Energy Materials, 10 am to 5pm, 3rd Sep 2019 CAM-IES warmly invites you to this CAM-IES workshop, which has been designed by early career researchers studying materials for energy applications. If you think that your characterisation tool would be of interest to the broader energy materials community, please submit an abstract to promote it! The morning session will feature PhD students and postdocs giving...

August 2019

  Mon 5 Aug 2019
  14:00 - 15:00
Image: Professor Neil RobertsonSeminar: Bismuth-based materials for Photocatalysis, Photovoltaics and Supercapacitors
GO Jones 610, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
We are delighted to welcome to our next MRI Seminar Professor Neil Robertson from the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. All are welcome to attend. Abstract: Demand for efficient, economic, and eco-friendly electrical energy conversion and storage has grown dramatically in recent years, including solar energy for large-scale power generation and energy storage for electronic appliances, electric vehicles, and a smart and sustainable energy grid. In addition, solar energy is...

July 2019

  Wed 31 Jul 2019
  14:00 - 15:00
Image: Professor BarronSeminar: Symmetry and Chirality: where Physics Shakes Hands with Chemistry and Biology, with Professor Laurence D. Barron (University of Glasgow)
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Queen Mary Mile End Campus
We are honoured to present our next speaker who will present a truly interdisciplinary talk - 'Symmetry and Chirality: where Physics Shakes Hands with Chemistry and Biology' with Professor Laurence D. Barron of the University of Glasgow. Abstract: Chirality is a central and unifying theme in modern science. It links the properties of the universe and its constituent elementary particles, through organic stereochemistry, to the structure and behaviour of the molecules of life [1,2]. This...
  Thu 18 Jul 2019
  17:00 - 19:00
Image: Thomas Young Centre  SoireeThomas Young Centre Soiree with Beñat Gurrutxaga-Lerma, University of Cambridge; Steve Fitzgerald, University of Leeds and Alexander Neimark, Rutgers University, USA
The David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
The Thomas Young Centre Soiree begins with three amazing talks: 1. 'Nature does nothing uselessly, except perhaps supersonic dislocations' with Beñat Gurrutxaga-Lerma (University of Cambridge). Abstract: What happens to a crystalline dislocation when it moves at speeds comparable to the speed of sound? But more importantly, when does a dislocation move at such speeds? And why should we care? Even as an entertaining mathematical and physical problem, high speed dislocations remain...
  Tue 16 Jul 2019
  11:00 - 12:00
Image: Professor Torsten WagnerSeminar: Optoswitch: A new platform to combine different light-addressable technologies for Lab-on-a-chip applications
G.O. Jones Building Room 610, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus
The Faculty of Science & Engineering and MRI are delighted to welcome to Queen Mary Professor Torsten Wagner, of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Professor Wagner will be giving a talk entitled 'Optoswitch: A new platform to combine different light-addressable technologies for Lab-on-a-chip applications'. We hope you can join us at this seminar from 11:00am on Tuesday 16th July. Abstract: Lab-on-a-Chip units control the fluidics pathway, manipulate samples and read-out...
  Mon 8 Jul 2019
  12:00 - 13:00
Image: Prof Alexandre Gagnon Seminar: Application of Organobismuth Reagents in Metal-Catalyzed Reactions with Prof Alexandre Gagnon, Université du Québec à Montréal
Bancroft Road 3.01, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
You are invited to a seminar by Prof Alexandre Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal): Alexandre's research group is working in two main research areas: 1. Development of new methodologies and 2. Developement of inhibitors of DNMTs. These two research areas are interconnected as the reactions being developed can be applied in medicinal chemistry programs. Conversely, specific synthetic problems originating from medicinal chemistry efforts can trigger the need for new...

June 2019

  Wed 26 Jun 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Firat Guder'Low-cost transducers made of fabrics' with Dr Firat Guder of Imperial College London
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus
Abstract: Woven and non-woven fabrics such as cellulose paper and textiles, are low-cost, flexible, porous and generally biodegradable materials that are ideally suited for the fabrication of disposable sensors and actuators. Unlike microfabricated (e.g., PDMS-based) microfluidic systems, printed microfluidics produced using fabrics do not require pumps and other complex components, allowing construction of highly compact, miniaturized devices for rapid, multiplex sensing of various bioanalytes ...
  Fri 21 Jun 2019
  09:00 - 16:30
Image: Conference: Thomas Young Centre Symposium - Milestones in Molecular Simulations
Lecture Theatre B10, Imperial College London, White City Campus, 80 Wood Lane, W12 0BZ
We would like to announce the joint Thomas Young Centre, CCP9 and ICL, Chemistry symposium: Milestones in Molecular Simulations Date: Friday, 21 June 2019 Time: 09:00 - 16:30 Venue: Molecular Sciences Research Hub (MSRH), Lecture Theatre B10 Location: Imperial College London, White City Campus, 80 Wood Lane, W12 0BZ The meeting is a celebration of the seminal work by Professor Michele Parrinello, who will be our plenary speaker. We aim to form a platform for discussion, exchange of...
  Thu 20 Jun 2019
  11:00 - 12:30
Image: Dr Dita Puspita SariSeminar: The admixture of an s-wave component into the d-wave superconducting gap symmetry in l-(BETS)2GaCl4, with Dr Dita Puspita Sari, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
Mile End Campus, G.O. Jones Room 610, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Dita Puspita Sari is an alumna of the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS). Dita was awarded her bachelor and masters degree from the Department of Physics, ITS and completed her PhD at Osaka University Japan (2018). She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Shibaura Institute of Technology, Saitama City, Japan and her main research focus is on organic superconductors. She has been working on OM based superconductors studied by muon spin relaxation-rotationresonance (?SR) as a key probe....

May 2019

  Thu 23 May 2019
  16:00 - 19:30
Image: Katerina IoannidouThomas Young Centre Soiree:Katerina Ioannidou (Montpellier) / Tulio Honofrio de Faria (Paris) - “Multiscale modelling of cementitious materials”
Arts One Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
On Thursday 23rd May we will have a Thomas Young Centre soiree at QMUL on Cementitious Materials, with two world-leading modellers working in this area, Dr. Katerina Ioannidou (University of Montpellier) and Prof. Tulio Honofrio de Faria (École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay). They will present their recent work on multiscale modelling of cementitious materials TYC SOIREE Multiscale modelling of cementitious materials SPEAKERS Dr. Katerina Ioannidou,...
  Tue 7 May 2019
  14:00 - 17:30
Image: CAM-IES Industry Workshop
Rayleigh Seminar Room, Floor 2, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge
CAM-IES - Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems Workshop 1400 to 1410 Introduction to CAM-IES by Clare Grey 1410 to 1430 Sam Stranks, Swift Solar “High performance, lightweight perovskite photovoltaics” Sam is a co-founder of Swift Solar, a startup developing lightweight solar panels that are more efficient and more affordable than conventional panels. The Swift Solar team includes leading solar technologists from Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, University of...

April 2019

  Tue 23 Apr 2019
  09:00 - 17:00
Image: Dr Russell BinionsConference: Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium
Lecture theatres 1, 2 and the Foyer, Peoples Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium Following the success of the Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research symposium last year we are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Symposium in April. A detailed scientific programme will be announced shortly. The event is open to all academic staff, researchers and PhD students in material science. Academic attendance and engagement is crucial to the success of the Symposium. The 2019 Research Symposium will feature keynote research talks from...
  Fri 12 Apr 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image:  Dr Mariana RossiQuantum Chemistry Techniques, with Ali Alavi, University of Cambridge
G21 Ramsay Lecture Theatre, followed by a reception in the Nyholm Room, Department of Chemistry, UCL
Quantum Chemistry Techniques, with speakers: Mariana Rossi, Fritz-Haber Institut of the Max Planck Society, Sotiris Xantheas, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mariana Rossi Addressing the structure and dynamics of weakly-bonded interfaces Abstract: Interfaces between different materials constitute the basis of many technological devices. Incorporating organic components within different architectures opens the path for creating more versatile interfaces with a wide range of...
  Wed 10 Apr 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Silvia ImbertiSeminar: MRI Seminar 'Total Neutron Scattering: the order of disorder' with Dr Silvia Imberti, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
S. Imberti STFC, ISIS Neutron and Muon source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Chilton, Didcot, OX1 0QX, United Kingdom Total neutron scattering (TNS) has been applied for almost 30 years at ISIS to the study of liquids and glasses. The unique combination of high energy neutrons and forward scattering detectors allows a routine Q range of 0.1-50 Å on SANDALS (TS1) and, more recently, 0.01-80 Å on NIMROD (TS2), with minimal inelasticity corrections. In the past 15-20 years,...

March 2019

  Thu 28 Mar 2019
  16:00 - 17:00
Image: Dr Weber Dr CollepardoLiquid-liquid phase separation in cells - with two talks
Room G20, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
Spatial control of irreversible protein aggregation with Dr Christoph Weber, Max Planck Institute, Dresden Fluid-like genome organization through multiscale molecular modelling, with Dr Rosana Collepardo, Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge Spatial control of irreversible protein aggregation - Dr Christoph Weber Liquid cellular compartments spatially segregate from the cytoplasm and can regulate aberrant protein aggregation, a process linked to several medical conditions, including...
  Thu 21 Mar 2019
  16:00 - 17:00
Image: Professor BartlettThe force awakens: evolution of the gold standard in quantum chemistry, coupled-cluster theory and its applications
Lecture Room G20, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
The force awakens: evolution of the gold standard in quantum chemistry, coupled-cluster theory and it's applications with Professor Rodney J. Bartlett, Graduate Research Professor and Director, Quantum Theory Project University of Florida. Abstract: If we know what the electrons are doing in molecules, in principle, we can know everything about that molecule, its energetics, reaction paths, and spectroscopy. But since electrons are charged, they interact instantaneously among themselves,...
  Wed 20 Mar 2019
  13:00 - 14:00
Image: Jean-Marie Lehn (Nobel Prize in Chemistry)Seminar: Jean-Marie Lehn - From Supramolecular to Adaptive Chemistry
Engineering Building, SEMS, Room 209, Mile End Rd, Queen Mary University of London
Following his Public Lecture on Tuesday, Jean-Marie Lehn (1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) will give a specialised chemistry seminar in the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London. The talk is focussed on the evolution of chemistry during our lifetimes. Everyone interested is welcome. Attendance is free but get your tickets at the link below to help us gauge attendance. Abstract: Molecular chemistry has developed a wide range of very powerful procedures for...
  Tue 19 Mar 2019
  18:00 - 19:30
Image: Nobel Lectures: Jean-Marie Lehn - Steps Towards Life - Chemistry!Seminar: Nobel Lectures: Jean-Marie Lehn - Steps Towards Life - Chemistry!
We are extremely honoured to present the next in the series of Queen Mary University of London's Nobel Lectures: Jean-Marie Lehn - 'Steps Towards Life - Chemistry!' Nobel Prize Winner (1987), Jean-Marie Lehn will visit Queen Mary as part of Queen Mary’s Public Lecture Series. Jean-Marie Lehn's talk will focus on recent insights into how chemistry could eventually lead to the emergence of life. There will be extensive time for questions and discussions with guests. The event is open to...
  Thu 14 Mar 2019
  16:00 - 18:00
Image: Dr Bittner/Dr Monserrat THOMAS YOUNG CENTRE Soiree - Electrons, photons and phonons in complex materials
Ramsay LT, Christopher Ingold Building, UCL, followed by a reception in the Nyholm room (UCL)
Electrons, photons and phonons in complex materials, with Eric Bittner, University of Houston and Bartomeu Monserrat, University of Cambridge. Biography Eric R. Bittner, FRSC is a theoretical chemist, physicist, and distinguished professor of chemical physics at the University of Houston. Bittner obtained his B.S. in chemistry and in physics from Valparaiso University in 1988. He worked with John C. Light at the University of Chicago and obtained his Ph.D. thesis in 1994 in quantum...
  Mon 11 Mar 2019
  12:00 - 13:00
Image: Figure 1Thomas Young Centre - TYC@Imperial: Low-Energy Polar Domain Walls in Halide Perovskites
Room G01, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
Low-Energy Polar Domain Walls in Halide Perovskites presented by Andrew Warwick. Abstract: The perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI­­­­3) has recently attracted significant interest (1) in the photovoltaic community owing to its promising power conversion efficiencies, rapidly growing upwards of 23.7% (2), surpassing that of some existing silicon-based devices. Despite this interest, there are still some open questions regarding the physical properties of MAPbI3, such as the...
  Wed 6 Mar 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Matt WatkinsSeminar: Dr Matthew Watkins at Lincoln University
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Our next seminar is with Dr Matt Watkins, Reader at the School of Mathematics and Physics, at The University of Lincoln. The talk is entitled 'Modelling Optical Properties at Interfaces of Materials' Characterising solvated surfaces is difficult. Optical and electronic processes are at the heart of many sensing and catalytic processes at these solid/liquid interfaces, but are hard to include in current ab initio simulations. I will describe recent work: ‱ with scanning probe groups to...

February 2019

  Wed 27 Feb 2019
  09:00 - 17:00
Image: Dr. M. BaxendaleSeminar: Centre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics PhD Training
GO Jones Room 410 B
As part of the Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CCMMP) PhD training, we conclude our weekly series with a this fourth and final full-day session. 9am-11am “Muon spectroscopy”, Prof. A. Drew 11am-12pm “Thermoelectricity”, Dr. M. Baxendale 12pm-1pm “Low dimensional carbon systems and their applications”, Dr. M. Baxendale Session Break 3pm-5pm “Chromotography/NMR/EPR”, Dr J. Dennis You can find details of PhD projects available at CCMMP, relevant contacts and...
  Wed 20 Feb 2019
  09:00 - 17:00
Image:  Dr. A. Sapelkin Seminar: Centre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics PhD Training
GO Jones Room 410 B
As part of the Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CCMMP) PhD training, we continue our weekly series with a third full-day session. 9am-11am “X-ray absorption spectroscopy in condensed matter”, Dr. A. Sapelkin 11am-12pm “Molecular dynamics simulations in condensed matter”, Dr. K. Trachenko Session Break 3pm-5pm “DFT calculations”, Dr. A. Misquitta You can find details of PhD projects available at CCMMP, relevant contacts and application information at the link...
  Fri 15 Feb 2019
  09:30 - 17:00
Image: Thomas Young CentreThomas Young Centre Student Day 2019
Room 120/121, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London
The highly successful annual Thomas Young Centre (TYC) Student Day 2019 takes place on Friday 15th February at Imperial College London. The guest speaker Prof David Wales will summarise new approaches for global optimisation, quantum dynamics, the thermodynamic properties of systems exhibiting broken ergodicity, and rare event dynamics. Applications will be presented that range from prediction and analysis of high-resolution spectra, to coarse-grained models and design principles for self...
  Wed 13 Feb 2019
  10:00 - 17:00
Image: Prof. David Dunstan Seminar: Centre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics PhD Training
GO Jones Room 410 B
As part of the Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CCMMP) PhD training, we continue the weekly series with a second full-day session. 10am-11am “Raman spectroscopy and curve fitting”, Prof. D. Dunstan 11am-12pm “X-ray and neutron scattering. Crystallography”, Dr. A. Phillips Session Break 3pm-5pm ““Electrical characterisation and scanning probes”, Dr. Jan Mol You can find details of PhD projects available at CCMMP, relevant contacts and application information at...
  Wed 6 Feb 2019
  10:00 - 17:00
Image: Dr Theo KreouzisSeminar: Centre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics PhD Training
GO Jones Room 410 A
As part of the Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CCMMP) PhD training, we start 2019 with a full-day session. 10am-11am “Raman spectroscopy and curve fitting”, Prof. D. Dunstan 11am-12pm “Thin film grows and devices”, Prof. W.P. Gillin Session Break 3pm-5pm “Physics of semiconductors”, Dr. T Kreouzis You can find details of PhD projects available at CCMMP, relevant contacts and application information at the link below. Some groups of students are funded by...
  Wed 6 Feb 2019
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Jan MolSeminar: An Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Scale Electronics, with Jan Mol, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, Materials Research Institute Academic Fellow
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Jan's research is focussed on understanding quantum phenomena in atomic- and molecular-scale electronic devices. Recent advances in nanofabrication now make it possible to measure the quantum properties of individual atoms and molecules. The aim of my research is to harness quantum phenomena in single atoms an molecules for real-world applications. Integrated circuits where each functional unit is formed by only a single molecule will be the ultimate form of electronic device scaling. I...
  Mon 4
 - Wed 6 Feb 2019
Image: Simulation of DNA in waterCentre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics, three-day intensive course on Message Passing Interface (MPI)
Queen Mary University of London
The Centre for Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CCMMP) in the School of Physics and Astronomy are running a 3-day intensive course on MPI (Message Passing Interface), which is a communication protocol for programming in parallel computing. Attendance is free. Please contact Aaron Dover a.j.diver@qmul.ac.uk for details of what you need to bring to the course, and to enquire if it is something you may find useful. Note that places are limited and a good degree of competence in...

January 2019

  Thu 31 Jan 2019
  16:00 - 18:00
Image: Thomas Young Centre presents: Irene Burghardt (Frankfurt) / Fabien Bruneval (CEA Saclay) – Soiree: “Excitons in molecular materials”
UCL, Room Physics, E3/7
Coherent Exciton-Phonon Dynamics in Organic Photovoltaics - Irene Burghardt This talk addresses quantum dynamical studies of ultrafast photo-induced energy and charge transfer in functional organic materials, complementing time-resolved spectroscopic observations [1] which underscore that the elementary transfer events in these molecular aggregate systems can be guided by quantum coherence, despite the presence of static and dynamic disorder. The intricate interplay of electronic...
  Fri 25 Jan 2019
  12:30 - 13:30
Image: Dr Emma RichardsSeminar: Low-valent 1st row Transition Metals: Catalytic Activity and Unusual Magnetic Behaviour, with Dr Emma Richards, University of Cardiff
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Emma Richards from the University of Cardiff will be giving a seminar entitled “Low-valent 1st row Transition Metals: Catalytic Activity and Unusual Magnetic Behaviour”. Abstract: Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is an extremely versatile technique for the characterisation of homogeneous catalysts involving paramagnetic centres. The paramagnetic parent pre-catalyst, the activated catalyst itself or any resulting reactive intermediates, can all be monitored in situ in...
  Fri 18 Jan 2019
  12:00 - 13:00
Image: Prof Paolo SamorĂŹSeminar: Internet of functions in chemically tailored low-dimensional nanostructures: from high-performance sensors to multiresponsive hybrids, with Professor Paolo SamorĂŹ, University of Strasbourg
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus
Nowadays, the Internet of Things is becoming a leitmotiv in our daily life, the latter being characterised by interconnected macroscopic tools and technologies thereof operating 24/7. On the nanoscale, among the greatest challenges in chemistry is in the development of artificial Complex Chemical Systems with functions that are getting more and more sophisticated and interconnected with each other. In my lecture I will review our endeavor on the use of supramolecular chemistry approaches...
  Fri 11 Jan 2019
  12:30 - 13:30
Image: Polymer MaterialsA lecture by Professor Peter McCormack, University of Strathclyde
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
The Material Research Institute invite you to a lecture by Professor Peter McCormack from the University of Strathclyde on the topic of polymer materials. Join us Friday 11 Jan 2019.

December 2018

  Wed 12 Dec 2018
  13:00 - 18:00
Image: MeRrI ChristmasMRI Christmas Symposium
PP2 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
You are invited to the MRI Christmas Symposium 2018, which will take place on Wednesday 12th December, 1pm to 6pm, in People's Palace, Room PP2. This year we have prizes for the best and second best talk and prizes for the best and second best poster. After the Symposium, we hope you can join us and celebrate with the winners and discuss their work and yours in the Senior Common Room Bar, at 6pm. Please join us for some drinks and nibbles then. Places are limited so please book your place...

November 2018

  Thu 29 Nov 2018
  17:00 - 18:00
Image: Giovanni CiccottiSeminar: Further Perspectives for Holonomic Constraints in Molecular Dynamics, with Professor Giovanni Ciccotti, University of Rome
Room G01, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
For more than sixty years Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation (with its cousin Metropolis MonteCarlo) has provided a major tool to progress our knowledge of all non-trivial condensed matter systems (liquids, soft and biological matter, materials science, etc). A non trivial part in this remarked progress is due to the introduction of (holomic) constraints. At first holonomic constraints, once technically domesticated, permitted to extend MD from simple atomic to molecular systems, including large...
  Tue 27 Nov 2018
  11:00 - 12:00
Image: The NanoFrazor ScholarSeminar: NanoFrazor – a versatile technology for 2D and 3D nano structuring, Philip Paul (SwissLitho AG)
Nanoforce seminar room, Mile End Campus
The NanoFrazor is a versatile lithography method for creating nanostructures to a resolution down to 10 nm. The core principle utilises an ultra-sharp, heatable AFM tip, which locally evaporates a special thermal resist polymer. This technology was developed at the IBM Zurich Research Labs and is commercialized by SwissLitho. It is a growing community with currently more than 15 machines installed at research facilities worldwide. Compared to the standard methods, the NanoFrazor principle...
  Wed 21 Nov 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Mischa ZelzerSeminar: Surface-mediated self assembly of supramolecular structures - Teaching an old dog new tricks, with Mischa Zelzer, Assistant Professor in Biointerface and Materials Engineering at the University of Nottingham
PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
The elegance of biological systems that exploit self-assembly of molecules into larger, functional structures continues to capture our imagination to develop new materials and technologies in biomaterial science, drug delivery and electronics to name but a few. This is notwithstanding the inherent challenges posed to control or direct the self-assembly process due the multitude of parameters (pH, temperature, concentration, solvent etc.) influencing the formation of supramolecular materials....
  Fri 9 Nov 2018
  12:30 - 13:30
Image: Professor Chris Hardacre Seminar: Developing in-situ methodologies to understand heterogeneous catalysis and CO2 capture and utilisation using ionic liquids
Bancroft Room 2.40 , Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus
You are welcome to attend this seminar by Professor Chris Hardacre from The University of Manchester. Prof. Hardacre is the Head of School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science Department and part of the UK Catalysis Hub. He is an expert in catalysis, porous materials, and the use of Ionic Liquids in heterogeneous catalysts, (including their structural determination, electrochemistry and prediction of their physical properties).
  Wed 7 Nov 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Jonathan BreezeSeminar: Solid-state room-temperature masers - with Dr Jonathan Breeze, Imperial College
Bancroft Road Teaching Rooms 3.02, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Abstract and speaker bio below (Tea, coffee, & biscuits provided). Abstract: The solid-state masers, invented in the 1950s, had a much less impressive career than its younger sibling the laser, mainly due to its dependence on cryogenic refrigeration and high-vacuum systems. Despite this, masers found niche application in deep-space communications and radio astronomy due to their unparalleled performance as low-noise amplifiers and oscillators. In 2012, the first room-temperature solid...

October 2018

  Mon 22 Oct 2018
  11:00 - 12:00
Image: Professor Uli SchubertSeminar: From printable thin film batteries to stationary redox flow batteries based on organic and polymer active materials
SEMS Seminar Room, 3/F, Engineering Building, Queen Mary University of London
Prof. Uli Schubert will be visiting Queen Mary and delivering a lecture on 22nd of October 2019. He is very well known in the field of materials for life sciences, self-healing materials, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, energy and batteries, and high-throughput experimentation. He has published over 1000 papers and he has an h-index of 92 with over 40,000 citations. It might be a great opportunity for you to start a collaboration with him. I think Energy colleagues would be highly...
  Thu 4 Oct 2018
  11:30 - 13:00
Image: SN Applied SciencesLaunch of the new Springer Nature journal SN Applied Sciences (SNAS)
Room 610 in GO Jones Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
This short talk addresses the launching of the new Springer Nature journal SN Applied Sciences (SNAS). SNAS is a broad-based interdisciplinary journal for the disciplines of Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Material Science and Physics. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal which fosters sound scientific discovery to solve practical problems. The journal encourages articles which present a good understanding of scientific knowledge, theories, methods and...

September 2018

  Thu 6 Sep 2018
  11:00 - 12:00
Image: Dr Dan CredgingtonOrganic LEDs with a Twist, with Dr Dan Credgington (Cambridge)
The SEMS Seminar Room (3rd floor, Engineering)
Abstract: The greatest challenge for modern OLEDs is achieving rapid emission from triplet states. I will describe a new approach to achieving sub-microsecond triplet harvesting using materials with a torsional degree of freedom. This allows access to excited states with high oscillator strength, high spin-orbit coupling and low exchange energy, enabling the most efficient printable OLEDs ever reported. High-performance light-emitting diodes based on carbene-metal-amides. D. Di, et al. ...
  Wed 5
 - Fri 7 Sep 2018
Image: NECEM Summer SchoolNECEM Summer School: X-rays for Energy Materials
Newcastle University, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
There are still places available at NECEM’s Summer School on X-rays for Energy Materials. This will be dedicated to tutorials on the use of X-rays in understanding and developing novel energy materials delivered by: Dr Mike Probert (Newcastle) Dr Sofia Diaz-Moreno (Diamond) Dr Mike Toney (Stanford) Dr Ute Cappel (Uppsala) There will also be a seminar from Professor Peter Bruce. The summer school will also incorporate wider academic training including ‘How to publish’ delivered...

June 2018

  Thu 28 Jun 2018
  17:00 - 21:00
Image: L. Noirez, A. ZacconeSeminar: Thomas Young Centre Soiree with Dr Laurence Noirez & Dr Alessio Zaccone
Room 610, G.O. Jones, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
The Thomas Young Centre Soiree begins with a first talk at 17:00 'Recent experimental and theoretical advances in soft matter: new understanding of viscoelasticity of liquids and polymers' with Dr Laurence Noirez, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CEA-CNRS), Université Paris-Saclay and Dr Alessio Zaccone, Statistical Physics Group, University of Cambridge On the basis of a Maxwell gas model (1867), it has long been suspected that liquids and polymer melts exhibit (shear) elasticity at high...
  Thu 14 Jun 2018
  17:00 - 19:30
Image: Dr Basile F. E. CurchodThomas Young Centre Soiree: 'Excited states dynamics' and the speakers Basile Curchod (University of Durham) and Tod Penfold (Newcastle University)
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus
First Speaker: Basile F. E. Curchod, Assistant Professor in Theoretical Chemistry, Durham University Towards in Silico Photochemistry using Ab Initio Nonadiabatic Molecular Dynamics Abstract: What happens to a molecule once it has absorbed UV or visible light? How does the molecule release or convert the extra-energy it just received? Answering these questions clearly goes beyond a pure theoretical curiosity, as photochemical and photophysical processes are central for numerous domains...
  Mon 11
 - Fri 15 Jun 2018
Image: Summer School and Workshop on Energy NanomaterialsConference: Queen Mary University of London and Northwestern Polytechnical University Summer School and Workshop on Energy Nanomaterials
Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
We are pleased to announce that the 2nd QMUL-NPU Summer School and Workshop - Energy Nanomaterials will take place from 11th to 15th June 2018. This event will host 15 PhD students and 9 academic researchers from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), one of China's top universities with which Queen Mary has formed a partnership and established a Joint Educational Institute. They will share their research with Queen Mary researchers through presentations from students and staff from...
  Tue 5 Jun 2018
  11:00 - 12:00
Image: Seminar: Low-Dimensional Nano-Carbons: Form Doped Carbon Nanotubes and Doped Graphene to 3-D Hybrids and Biological Applications, with Professor Mauricio Terrones, Pennsylvania State University, USA
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus QMUL
We will describe the synthesis of carbon nanotubes and nanotube networks using different dopants during chemical vapor deposition. In particular, the effects of sulphur, boron and nitrogen will be discussed. For example, sulphur induces the formation of pentagons and heptagons, whereas boron aids the growth of heptagonal carbon rings, and nitrogen promotes the formation of pentagonal cusps. It will be demonstrated that it is indeed possible to assemble/grow carbon nanotube networks if a careful...

April 2018

  Fri 27 Apr 2018
  16:00 - 18:00
Image: Professor Gustavo E. ScuseriaSeminar: Thomas Young Centre Highlight Seminar, Professor Gustavo E. Scuseria, at University College London
The Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, UCL - followed by a reception in the Nyholm Room, Christopher Ingold Building from 5pm
Professor Gustavo E. Scuseria, Winner of the 2017 Royal Society Chemistry S F Boys -A Rahman Award, will present his Highlight Seminar entitled ‘Symmetry, degeneracy, and strong correlation’ Gustavo E. Scuseria is the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, USA. Professor Scuseria was born in Argentina and received his Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires...
  Wed 25 Apr 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Erwin ReisnerSeminar: Prof Erwin Reisner - (University of Cambridge) Solar-driven Fuel Synthesis with Hybrid Photocatalysts
Bancroft Building: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Mile End
The synthesis of solar fuels and chemicals through artificial photosynthesis does not only require the coupling of solar light absorption and charge separation, but also the direct pairing with chemical redox processes. This approach is a one-step and versatile alternative to the more indirect coupling of a photovoltaic cell with electrolysis and enables potentially the synthesis of a wide range of fuels and feedstock chemicals. A common drawback in most artificial photosynthetic systems and...
  Wed 11 Apr 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Andrew HectorSeminar: Prof Andrew Hector - (University of Southampton) Charge storage applications of metal nitrides
The Arts One Lecture Theatre and Foyer, Mile End Campus
Metal nitrides have been examined fairly extensively as charge storage electrode materials. In supercapacitors their high electronic conductivity results in high charge/ discharge rate capability while surface oxidation provides redox capacity. In lithium batteries they typically act as conversion electrodes, with formation of the metal plus lithium nitride during reduction and reformation of the metal nitride on oxidation. We published the first paper on a metal nitride in a sodium cell in...
  Sun 8
 - Thu 12 Apr 2018
Image: Conference 2018Conference: ESR Spectroscopy Group Conference 2018
Queen Mary, Queen’s Building and Graduate Centre, Mile End campus
We look forward to welcoming you to the 51st Annual International Meeting of the ESR Society of the Royal Society of Chemistry at Queen Mary, University of London in April 2018. We are proud to have as venues the new Graduate Centre and the Victorian Octagon. Besides an excellent line-up of invited speakers (see below), we look forward to the Jeol prize talk competition, the Bruker Thesis Prize lecture and the Poster Prize competitions. The meeting will commence on Sunday 8th April 2018...

March 2018

  Wed 21 Mar 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Gerard TobiasSeminar: Nanoengineering of carbon and inorganic materials: from biomedical applications to the template assisted growth of rolled-up 2D systems with Dr Gerard Tobias (Instituto de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona)
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
In this talk we will review recent progress on nanoengineering of inorganic and carbon nanomaterials for tailored applications. Special emphasis is paid in the group to exploit the synergies of both types of materials by the preparation of nanohybrids with novel or enhanced properties. We will mainly focus on the development of nanomaterials for application in the biomedical field, but we will also highlight work performed in other areas such as the isolation and template assisted-growth of...
  Fri 9 Mar 2018
  11:00 - 12:00
Image: Dr Dimitra G. GeorgiadouSeminar: Plastic nanoscale electronics via novel fabrication paradigms, with Dr Dimitra G. Georgiadou, Imperial College London
Nanoforce Seminar Room, Joseph Priestly Building, Mile End
Adhesion lithography (a-Lith) is a novel nanopatterning technique that allows deposition of two metal electrodes in a coplanar geometry separated by a sub 15 nm nanogap. The attractiveness of this technique lies in the high yield, robust and low-cost manufacturing of thousands of electronic devices on the same rigid (glass, Si) or flexible (plastic, paper) substrate of any size. Both symmetric and asymmetric work function metals can be fabricated enabling different types of electronic devices,...
  Wed 7 Mar 2018
  10:00 - 16:30
Image: Industrial Liaison ForumIndustrial Liaison Forum
The Octagon, Mile End
This is the spring Industrial Liaison Forum for staff and students in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI) during the 2017/18 academic year. We also welcome back QMUL alumni and get the day started with a Taught Programmes Final Year Projects Showcase in the Octagon. Following a Networking Lunch there will be an opportunity to find out more about Industrial Placements in People's Palace Room 1, hosted by Crawford Blagden,...
  Fri 2 Mar 2018
  16:00 - 17:00
Image: Prof Helmuth MoehwaldSeminar: SEMINAR CANCELLED - 'Optically Induced Interactions in Nanocontainers and Nanostructured Surface' with Professor Helmuth Moehwald
THIS SEMINAR IS CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
OUR APOLOGIES - THIS SEMINAR WAS CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES - WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE THE SEMINAR LATER IN THE YEAR The Layer-by-Layer technique of forming ultrathin films with high precision and from different polymers and particles could be converted to coat sacrificial colloidal particles and thus hollow capsules. These are suitable for drug delivery, and for this the material has to be varied from synthetic polymers to biopolymers and peptides. As the capsule shells can be...

February 2018

  Tue 27 Feb 2018
  14:00 - 15:00
Image:  Prof. A. Daniel BoeseSeminar: INTERMOLECULAR INTERACTIONS: SURFACES, MOLECULES AND MOLECULAR SOLIDS, with Prof. A. Daniel Boese, University of Graz
G.O. Jones Room 610, Mile End Campus
Last century, the nature of strong interactions between atoms, being responsible for configuration and conformation of molecules, were in the focus of chemical research activities. Nowadays, in modern quantum chemistry, such strong interactions are rather well understood and became an indispensable tool for all fields of chemistry. However, the description of weak interactions between atoms and molecules, which are responsible for the characteristics of the solid state, mostly remain unsolved...
  Thu 22 Feb 2018
  10:00 - 11:00
Image: Professor Mark AllendorfSeminar: Designing Metal-Organic Frameworks with Emergent Properties for Electronic Device Applications
Nanoforce Seminar Room, Mile End
'Designing Metal-Organic Frameworks with Emergent Properties for Electronic Device Applications' with Professor Mark Allendorf, of the Sandia National Laboratories. Mark is one of the best known researchers in the metal-organic framework community and he will be talking about recent advances on how to make metal-organic frameworks electrically conducting, a field which is currently attracting a significant amount of scientific interest. The abstract is here: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF...
  Fri 16 Feb 2018
  12:30 - 13:30
Image: Pre steady-state kinetics of redox metalloenzymesSeminar: 'Pre steady-state kinetics of redox metalloenzymes using ultrafast mixing techniques' with Dr Peter-Leon Hagedoorn from the University of Delft
Laws 2.10, Mile End Campus
'Pre steady-state kinetics of redox metalloenzymes using ultrafast mixing techniques' Peter Leon Hagedoorn, Batoul Srour, Marc J.F. Strampraad, and Wilfred R. Hagen Delft University of Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Van der Maasweg 9, 2629HZ, Delft, The Netherlands Understanding the molecular mechanism of enzyme catalysis requires detailed structural and mechanistic information that can only be obtained through a combination of techniques and experiments. Pre-steady state, or...
  Fri 2 Feb 2018
  16:00 - 17:00
Image: Prof Stanislav YurchenkoSeminar: Special Seminar - 'Tunable many-body interactions and Particle-Resolved Phase Identification', with Prof. Stanislav Yurchenko'
Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
We recently proposed a method [1] for phase identification in two-dimensional (2D) condensable systems on the basis of the analysis of the Voronoi cells’ characteristics. A simple algorithm is developed for determination of particles belonging to a condensate, a gaseous state, and an interface between them (i. e. surface). The efficiency and stability of the developed method is studied using molecular dynamics simulations and calculation of binodals in 2D systems with both short- and long...

January 2018

  Wed 31 Jan 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Dariusz HreniakSeminar: 'Synthesis and optical properties of long lasting red and infrared persistent nanophosphors', The first of today's Double Seminar with Dr Dariusz Hreniak, Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences
People’s Palace, Room 2
The aim of the work is to develop a method of synthesis and nanosized so-called persistent phosphors, a special type of optical nanomaterials exhibiting emission of light after the removal of the excitation source. Specifically, nanomaterials co-doped with Cr3+ and trivalent rare earth ions were investigated. Because red persistence intensity and its period are still not sufficient when compared with green and blue ones, the particular focus of the research is devoted to the red (and infra-red)...
  Wed 31 Jan 2018
  16:00 - 17:00
Image: Prof. Stanislav Yurchenko Seminar: Materials Research Institute Seminar: '2D colloids in rotating electric fields: Tunable interactions and particle-resolved studies of fundamental phenomena', Prof. Stanislav Yurchenko
People’s Palace, Room 2
Presenting Prof. Stanislav Yurchenko from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow Tunable interparticle interactions in colloidal suspensions are of great interest because of their fundamental and practical significance. In this work, we present our results of theoretical and experimental studies of two-dimensional colloidal systems wherein attractive interparticle interactions are induced and controlled by external rotating electric fields [1-2]. Self-assembly process in suspensions...
  Wed 17 Jan 2018
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Jacob GavartinSeminar: Materials Research Institute Seminar: Atomic-scale Simulation for the Analysis, Optimization and Accelerated Materials Development with Schrödinger Materials Science Suite, Dr Jacob Gavartin
People’s Palace Room PP1, Mile End Campus
The first Materials Research Institute Seminar of 2018 welcomes Schrödinger's Dr Jacob Gavartin. Rapid advancements in quantum theory, computer science and computational power brought about tremendous developments in materials research. Yet the impact of atomic-scale modeling in the industrial R&D is somewhat hindered by unclear connection between calculated and experimental parameters, complexity of the calculations and tedious analysis. Towards the resolution of these problems we discuss...

December 2017

  Fri 15 Dec 2017
  12:00 - 13:00
Image: Prof RĂ©gis GautierSeminar: First-Principles Studies of Thermoelectric Inorganic Materials, by Prof RĂ©gis Gautier
Bancroft, Room 3.26, Mile End Campus
Seminar: 'First-Principles Studies of Thermoelectric Inorganic Materials' by Prof Régis Gautier, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes UMR 6226, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes. Recent concerns associated to energy use and storage are calling for more efforts in research for alternative energy sources. In this context, the interest for thermoelectric materials, in which thermal and electrical currents are prone to transfer processes, is constantly raising. Indeed, the...
  Fri 8 Dec 2017
  13:00 - 17:30
Image: MRI Christmas SymposiumMRI Christmas Symposium
Bancroft 1.13
You are invited to the MRI Christmas Symposium 2017, taking place this year on Friday 8th December, from 1:00pm. We have an astounding range of presentations this year: 1.00-1.15pm: Michael Dommett - Aggregation Induced Emission in Molecular Crystals 1.15-1.30pm: Hui Luo - Carbon dots decorated titanium dioxide photocatalyst and its application for water splitting 1.30-1.45pm: Xinzhao Xu - Solution Processable Carbon Nanotube Biosensing Devices: a Nanoscale Multi-Sensing Platform ...
  Thu 7 Dec 2017
  17:00 - 19:00
Image: Alessandro StroppaSeminar: Electric-Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect in a hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite, Dr Alessandro Stroppa; AND Designing Earth Abundant Transparent Oxides for Energy Generation, Dr David Scanlon
People’s Palace, Room 2
This is a special event taking place on Thursday at the People’s Palace. Two leading experts in Computational Materials Science, Dr Alessandro STROPPA (CNR, Italy) and Dr David SCANLON (UCL), will give a seminar as part of the “Thomas Young Centre” Soiree: Electric-Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect in a hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite, Dr Alessandro Stroppa Designing Earth Abundant Transparent Oxides for Energy Generation, Dr David Scanlon The soiree will take place at 5.00pm in...
  Fri 1 Dec 2017
  12:30 - 13:30
Image: Dr Mathieu SurinSeminar: Exploiting induced chirality in DNA-templated supramolecular assemblies
Fogg building Lecture Theatre
Mathieu Surin obtained a PhD from the University of Mons-Hainaut in 2005, working in the field of self-assembly and physical chemistry of conjugated polymers with Prof. Roberto Lazzaroni. In 2005, he was a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the laboratory of Prof. Alan Heeger. He then completed a post-doctoral year in the laboratory of Prof. Paolo SamorĂŹ at the Institute for Supramolecular Science and Engineering (ISIS) in Strasbourg, involved in the design of...

November 2017

  Wed 29 Nov 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Patricia HorcajadaSeminar: MRI SEMINAR Dr Patricia Horcajada, IMDEA Energy - Bioapplications of Metal Organic Frameworks
David Sizer Theatre
Dr Patricia Horcajada is the Head of the Advanced Porous Materials Unit at IMDEA Energy. Patricia has been involved in the materials field, more precisely in porous solids, for more than 15 years. She has conducted research in all major aspects of this field (synthesis and characterization of porous materials, shaping, adsorption, etc). With an unconventional and multidisciplinary scientific background (Pharmacy BCs, 2001 and Material Science Ph.D, 2005), she joined the Institut Lavoisier ...
  Thu 23 Nov 2017
  16:00 - 17:00
Image: Professor Thomas James MarrowSeminar: In situ 3D observation of mechanical damage within SiC-SiC ceramic matrix composites for nuclear fuel clad
Nanoforce Seminar room
The seminar, entitled "In situ 3D observation of mechanical damage within SiC-SiC ceramic matrix composites for nuclear fuel clad," will be given by Professor Thomas James Marrow, from Oxford University. To evaluate future materials for fuel cladding, it is important to characterize their mechanical properties and investigate the sensitivity of damage evolution to microstructure under representative states of loading and temperature. The evolution of defects at the microscale can be observed...
  Wed 22 Nov 2017
  10:00 - 16:30
Image:  Industrial Liaison ForumIndustrial Liaison Forum
The Octagon, Mile End
This Wednesday is the first of two Industrial Liaison Forums scheduled for staff and students in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI) during the 2017/18 academic year. The first will be held on 22 November 2017 and the second, focused on welcoming back QMUL alums, on 7 March 2018. Both events will be held in the Octagon. If you are an employer and are interested in participating in the ILF then please select your tickets through...
  Fri 17 Nov 2017
  11:00 - 12:00
Seminar: Engineering Conducting Polymers for Bioelectronics
Nanoforce Seminar Room
You are invited to a special MRI seminar on Friday, November 17th, by Professor Sahika Inal from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. She will be giving a seminar entitled “Engineering Conducting Polymers for...
  Wed 15 Nov 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: MRI SEMINAR Dr. Ana Isabel Borras, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla - Synthesis and applications of 1D and 3D supported nanostructures developed by plasma assisted vacuum deposition methods
David Sizer Theatre
One dimensional (1D) materials are pillars in nanoscience with applications in microelectronics, optoelectronics and photonics, energy storage and scavenge, catalysis, biomedicine and fluid manipulation. This topic has experienced a huge growth...
  Wed 1 Nov 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: MRI SEMINAR Dr Laure Biniek, CNRS, Strasbourg - Highly oriented and crystalline semi-conducting and conducting polymer films prepared by high-temperature rubbing
David Sizer Theatre
This presentation focuses on recent advances in growth control and oriented crystallization of semi-conducting and conducting polymers for plastic electronic applications. The performance and lifetime of organic electronic devices are critically...

October 2017

  Wed 18 Oct 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: MRI SEMINAR -Dr. Tom S Miller, University College London - Nanosheets Formed by Spontaneous Dissolution: Single Crystal, Luminescent Carbon Nitrides and more
David Sizer Theatre
Graphitic carbon nitrides have been under intense investigation during the last decade due to their unique semiconducting, optoelectronic and catalytic properties. This has led to their development as an important class of materials for applications...
  Wed 4 Oct 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: MRI SEMINAR Prof. Prof. Laura Herz, University of Oxford - Hybrid Metal Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaics: Optoelectronic Properties and Stability
David Sizer Theatre
Hybrid metal halide perovskites (stoichiometry AMX3) have recently emerged as low-cost active materials in PV cells with power conversion efficiencies in excess of 21%. We discuss how optoelectronic properties essential for photovoltaic operation,...

September 2017

  Wed 20 Sep 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: MRI SEMINAR Prof. Laurence Hardwick, University of Liverpool - SHINing Light on Electrode Interfaces
David Sizer Theatre
The performance and safety of batteries are affected by the side reactions and passivation layer at the electrode/electrolyte interface. Therefore, it is essential a better understanding of the reactions mechanisms that lead to surface layer...

May 2017

  Wed 31 May 2017
  13:00 - 19:00
Image: MRI Spring SymposiumConference: MRI Spring Symposium and Poster Presentation
GO Jones Lecture Theatre and Museum
After the very successful MRI Christmas Symposium last December, we are organising the MRI Spring Symposium to provide PhD students and PDRAs the opportunity to give 12 minutes research talks (+3 min questions) in front of the MRI community. This is a great opportunity to present their research to a wider audience within QMUL and get some valuable training in presentation skills.
  Wed 3 May 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Professor Laura HerzSeminar: CANCELLED - Prof Laura Herz (Oxford University): Hybrid Metal Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaics: Optoelectronic Properties and Stability
People's Palace, PP1

April 2017

  Tue 4 Apr 2017
  14:00 - 15:00
Image: Savvas GeorgiadesSeminar: Dr. Savvas Georgiades: Synthetic, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Scape G.14 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Scape building, Mile End Road
Guanine (G) nucleobases have an intrinsic propensity to form square planar arrangements in high concentrations or in the presence of cations in their environment. These formations are stabilized by a hydrogen-bonding network between neighbouring guanines, and are referred to as G-tetrads or G-quartets. Both free guanines, as well as guanines incorporated in (oligo)nucleotides exhibit this unique property. This fact has triggered investigations by many research groups, aiming to explore how this...

March 2017

  Wed 29 Mar 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Deepak VentakeshvaranSeminar: Dr Deepak Venkateshvaran: Organic Thermoelectrics
People's Palace PP1
  Wed 15 Mar 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Matthew CarnieSeminar: Dr Matthew Carnie - I’m not a Physicist, get me out of here! Weird behaviour of perovskite solar cells under low-temperatutere, time- and frequency- resolved optoelectronic measurements.
People's Palace, PP1
Time resolved techniques such as transient photovoltage decay (TPV) [1], and frequency resolved measurements such as impedance spectroscopy (EIS) [2] and intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS) [3] are well established techniques that have increased our understanding of device operating physics in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and have successfully been utilized as applied research tools for DSSCs [4]. The utilization of these techniques to characterize perovskite solar cells...
  Wed 1 Mar 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Jose Lopez-SanchezSeminar: “Unconventional routes for Biomass upgrade using light, catalysis, and microwaves”
People's Palace, PP1
Prof Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez “Unconventional routes for Biomass upgrade using light, catalysis, and microwaves” Abstract: The chemistry and processes involved in transforming biomass offer many challenges that continuously tantalise scientists in the search of more efficient and creative ways to minimising the energy required and overall environmental footprint. We have seen the consolidation of biotechnology as a fundamental tool in biomass transformations, particularly due to the...

February 2017

  Wed 15 Feb 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: Prof Colin Lambert (Lancaster University) - Quantum-interference-enhanced thermoelectricity in single-molecule junctions
People's Palace, PP
Although the dream of manipulating quantum interference in single molecules has been discussed for many years, experimental evidence of the effect of quantum interference on the room-temperature electrical conductance of single-molecules was reported...
  Wed 1 Feb 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Prof. Kevin Sivula, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne- Solution-processed Semiconductor Thin Film Photoelectrodes for Solar Fuel Production
People's Palace - PP1
Prof. Kevin Sivula Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Title: Solution-processed Semiconductor Thin Film Photoelectrodes for Solar Fuel Production Abstract High-efficiency direct solar-to-fuel energy conversion can be achieved using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device consisting of an n-type photoanode in tandem with a p-type photocathode. However, the development of robust and inexpensive photoelectrodes are needed to make PEC devices economically viable. In this presentation our...

January 2017

  Wed 18 Jan 2017
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Dr Filipe Vilela - Conjugated microporous polymers for photocatalysis
People's Palace - PP1
Conjugated Porous Polymers as Heterogeneous (Photo)Catalysts Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK In recent years, Conjugated Porous Polymers (CPPs) have been identified as a new class of materials that can excel in a wide-range of applications including gas storage and separation, organic solar cells, water purification and catalysis, just to name but a few. These insoluble organic semiconductors with tuneable band-gaps and high surface areas are particularly suited as heterogeneous ...

December 2016

  Fri 9 Dec 2016
  14:00 - 17:30
Image: MRI Christmas SymposiumConference: Materials Research Institute Christmas Symposium
People's Palace, PP2, Queen Mary University Mile End Campus
After holding the very successful recent “flash-talk” networking event Collabnet, the MRI have decided to involve affiliated PhD students and Postdocs in inter-group networking. To further cultivate our dynamic collaborative environment, the MRI have organised a Christmas Symposium on the afternoon of 9th December, followed by a festive networking event! The Symposium will give PhD students and Postdocs the opportunity to give research talks and Q&A in front of the MRI community. This...

November 2016

  Wed 23 Nov 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Peter BuddSeminar: Prof. Peter Budd (Manchester University) - "Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs): High free volume polymers for energy-efficient separations"
People's Palace PP1
Polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) are glassy polymers which possess high free volume and high internal surface area as a consequence of their relatively rigid, contorted macromolecular backbones. They comprise fused ring sequences interrupted by spiro-centres or other sites of contortion. PIMs have a high affinity for gases such as carbon dioxide, and for small organic species. The first commercial application of a PIM is in a sensor developed by 3M that acts as an end-of-life indicator...
  Wed 9 Nov 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Martin GrellSeminar: Dr Martin Grell, Sheffield: Electrolyte-gated Thin Film Transistors
People's Palace PP1
The thin film transistor (TFT) is a cornerstone of electronic engineering, allowing current- free modulation of channel conductivity via field effect from a gate electrode. Gate is separated from the channel by an insulating medium, traditionally a solid dielectric. However, it is now established that alternatively, solid and liquid electrolytes can be used as gate media, including aqueous media. Here, the gate field is communicated to the channel via the electric double layers (EDLs) that form...
  Wed 2 Nov 2016
  18:30 - 20:00
Image: James BusfieldThe Inaugural Lecture: Remarkable rubber – An insight into the magical world of rubber physics, Professor James Busfield, Professor of Materials
Skeel Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Since its discovery more than 4000 years ago, rubber has contributed widely to human development. Rubber is ubiquitous in products like gloves, tyres, hoses and for soft biomedical devices. James will explore what makes rubber so magical that it can sustain a $1,000,000,000,000 industry and what the future holds for an increasingly smart material. The lecture will be followed by a networking drinks reception. Meet our Professor: James has led the Soft Matter Group at QMUL since 1994....

October 2016

  Wed 26 Oct 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Elvira FortunatoSeminar: Prof. Elvira Fortunato Lisbon: Green electronics for a sustainable future
People's Palace PP1
E. Fortunato and R. Martins i3N/CENIMAT, Department of Materials Science from Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and CEMOP/UNINOVA, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal The evolution from rigid silicon-based electronics to flexible electronics requires the use of new materials with novel functionalities that allow non-conventional, low-cost and environmental friendly processing technologies. Among the alternatives, metal oxide semiconductors have...
  Thu 20 Oct 2016
  18:30 - 19:30
Image: Professor Martin DoveSeminar: Public Lecture: Negative materials: nature’s surprises
PP1, People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Common experience, together with a bit of knowledge about how atoms work together, tells us that materials expand when heated, and get stiffer when squashed. We expect no exceptions, yet in recent years we are finding an increasing number of materials whose behaviour is exactly the opposite of our intuition; these are often called “negative materials”. I will describe the types of material that show negative thermal expansion (shrinking instead of expanding when heated) and discuss the ideas...
  Wed 12 Oct 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: David CareySeminar: Prof. David Carey, Surrey: 'Next Generation 2D Materials beyond Graphene'
People's Palace PP1
Abstract: The study of two dimensional van der Waals materials is at the forefront of current functional materials science and condensed matter physics. Graphene is the most well-known and developed of these materials with a key technology issue for practical exploitation being the production of large area electronic grade doped material. In this talk I will review some of our work in the large area production of graphene and discuss some of the factors that control the doping and dc and high...

September 2016

  Wed 28 Sep 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Michael BojdysSeminar: 2D OR NOT 2D? LAYERED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS “BEYOND GRAPHENE” Dr Michael Bojdys, Prague University
Peoples Palace, PP1
As of 2016, the number of mobile phone subscriptions outstrips Earth’s human population. Critical raw materials (CRMs) and silicon, won in energy intensive refinement make up the electronics in all these devices. While graphene still has to deliver on its potential in electronic applications, we look to 2D polymer materials that go beyond silicon and graphene. Since its recent rise, graphene has been considered as a candidate material for “post-silicon electronics” merit its...
  Wed 21 Sep 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Dr Tadanori Kurosawa (Stanford University) - "Impact of polystyrene side chains on semiconducting polymer properties"
Nanoforce Meeting Room
Since the first development of an industrial production around 1925, polystyrene (PS) has been one of the most quantitatively important chemicals which annual consumption worldwide nowadays has exceed 11.5 × 10^6 t/year. Up to now, the use of PS has been mainly focused on thermoplastic or elastomeric materials and its use of active materials for electronic applications have been extremely limited due to its completely inert characteristics to electric field. Recently, the use of PS has been...

July 2016

  Wed 20 Jul 2016
  14:30 - 17:00
Seminar: From Organic Electronics to Bioelectronics & Engineering Organic Semiconductors
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building
From Organic Electronics to Bioelectronics Christian Nielsen Semiconducting materials have long played a pivotal role in the development and advancement of organic electronic applications such as organic light-emitting diodes, organic field...

April 2016

  Wed 13 Apr 2016
  15:00 - 17:00
Image: Jan MolSeminar: MRI Seminar Series: Dr Jan Mol, Oxford University
PP1
Graphene Single Molecule Electronic Devices
  Wed 13 Apr 2016
  17:00 - 19:30
Image: BioMin Launch InvitationBioMinF Flouride Bioactive Glass Toothpaste Launch
Bearstead Lecture Theatre, LG Floor, Royal London Dental Hospital, New Road, London, E1 1BB
The launch will consist of a series of presentations about 50 mins followed by drinks and nibbles. Plus of course there will some free samples for people to evaluate!

March 2016

  Wed 23
 - Thu 24 Mar 2016
Conference: RAMM2016
People's Palace
The Recent Appointees in Materials Modelling (RAMM) conference will take place on March 23rd and 24th 2016 at Queen Mary, University of London, and will provide the opportunity to build national networks among new academic appointees (lecturers,...
  Wed 23 Mar 2016
  15:00 - 17:00
Image: Kasper Moth-PoulsenSeminar: Prof Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft building
  Wed 16 Mar 2016
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Ana SobridoSeminar: Carbon Nitrides as New Electroactive Materials for Energy Applications
People's Palace PP1
Graphitic carbon nitride materials have received significant interest in recent years for catalysis applications. This is due to their extraordinary compositional and structural flexibility along with their semiconducting and optoelectronic properties. Graphitic carbon nitrides consist of s-triazine or heptazine (tri-s-triazine) unitslinked by bridging –NH- or –N= groups to form polymeric 2D structures exhibiting different degree of condensation. Due to the presence of nitrogen atoms and C...
  Wed 9 Mar 2016
  15:00 - 17:00
Image: Steve EichhornSeminar: Prof Steve Eichhorn, University of Exeter
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft building
Title of talk: Assembling Cellulose in Water and Other Solvents Abstract: The talk will discuss the way in which nature “processes” cellulose and the opportunities for using water as means to orient and structure this material. The influence of water on the mechanics of cellulose will be presented and initial work on self-assembly of the material for the production of fibres. In addition to this the use of ionic liquids for the spinning of cellulose into high performance fibres will be...

February 2016

  Fri 26 Feb 2016
  16:30 - 19:30
Conference: London Super-Resolution Meeting
TBC
Three talks scheduled so far: one on software development, one on bio-applications (at cellular level) and one on an imaging method utilising nanostructures.
  Wed 24 Feb 2016
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Ivan ParkinSeminar: The role of microstructure and chemistry on functional properties by Prof Ivan Parkin, Materials and Inorganic Chemistry
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft building
The role of microstructure and chemistry on functional properties This talk will cover a wide range of topics; gas-sensing; superhydrophobic surfaces; antimicrobial surfaces; photocatalysts and transparrent window coatings. It will explore how microstructure is key in developing a meterials properties and how a combination of microstructure and chemistry can be used to understand and design better materials.
  Mon 22 Feb 2016
  09:00 - 18:00
Image: NanoforceConference: Electron Microscopy Characterisation of Organic-Inorganic Interfaces
People's Palace, Mile End Campus, QMUL
This brand new one-day meeting will be held at Queen Mary University of London, People's Palace, Mile End Campus on the 22nd of February and aims to stimulate collaboration between life science and material science microscopists for solving interdisciplinary materials problems using the knowledge and expertise of both communities. Abstract submission deadline for poster presentation is the 8th January
  Wed 10 Feb 2016
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Andrei KhlobystovSeminar: Chemistry of individual molecules through a lens of transmission electron microscope-Prof. Andrei N. Khlobystov-RSC Award lecture- Corday-Morgan Prize 2015-Nottingham Nanoscale & Microscale Research Centre, University of Nottingham
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft building
Fast electrons employed for TEM imaging transfer some of their kinetic energy to the specimen, which is traditionally viewed as detrimental to the analysis. However, if atomistic mechanisms of interactions between fast electrons and molecules are understood, we can embrace the changes in materials triggered by the act of observation to reveal valuable chemical information. The concept of the electron beam simultaneously acting as an imaging tool and a source of energy to drive chemical...
  Wed 3 Feb 2016
  12:30 - 13:30
Seminar: An Elementary Quest for Functional Materials, Prof Aron Walsh, University of Bath
People's Palace LT
The design and discovery of functional materials, tailored for applications including energy generation, conversion and storage, is now possible by combining theoretical chemistry with high-performance computation. The toolkit for materials...
  Wed 3 Feb 2016
  18:30 - 20:00
Seminar: Why size matters: from antibodies to nanomaterials - Inaugural Lecture
Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus - Queen Mary University of London
Professor Marina Resmini, Professor of Materials Chemistry, will be holding her Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 6.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a free drink reception. The lecture will be held in Skeel Lecture Theatre,...
  Mon 1 Feb 2016
  11:00 - 12:00
Seminar: Ultra-dispersed Diamonds and Related Materials for Catalytic Applications, Dangsheng Su, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science
Nanoforce Seminar Room
Ultra-dispersed diamonds, also called nanodiamond (ND), are produced by detonation of explosives under oxygen-deficient conditions and commercially available. The structure of these particles is a crystalline sp3-bonded diamond core, surrounded by...

January 2016

  Wed 27 Jan 2016
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Anthony KucernakSeminar: Mass transport and electrocatalysts - how can we optimise electrochemical energy devices using fundamental experimental principles by Professor Anthony Kucernak, Physical Chemistry, Imperial College
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft building
Electrochemical energy devices such as metal-air or redox-flow batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers rely on the efficient transport of reactants/products to/from the catalytic centre. So-called “Mass transport losses” i.e. energetic loses associated with reactant and product transport limit the ultimate power density of the aforementioned devices. This then limits the power density of the device, and has a large effect on cost. In this talk I will explore some recent approaches we have...

December 2015

  Wed 9 Dec 2015
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Hans-Jurgen FederselSeminar: Prof Hans-Jurgen Federsel, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Pharmacology, AstraZenaca, Stockholm
People's Palace PP1
The Quest for Novel Medicines – Chemistry as an Enabling Science in Challenging Times for the Pharmaceutical Industry Discovering and developing a medicine is a complex, tedious, and a long-lasting endeavour circumvented by many hurdles and risks. At the end of this “journey” covering in most cases 10 or more years only very few of the projects initiated will result in a novel pharmaceutical product – the global average figure is somewhere around 4-5% of successful outcomes.1...
  Mon 7 Dec 2015
  14:00 - 15:30
Image: Seminar: A Possible, Partial Solution to the Mystery of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Michel W. Barsoum, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fogg LT (136). The reception will still be in Nanoforce.
For about 4500 years, the mystery of how the Great Pyramids of Giza were built has endured. How did the Ancient Egyptians pull 70 ton granite slabs up an earthen ramp —without the benefit of wheels— 2/3 up the Great Pyramid? How did they carve granite, with pure copper? In some cases, adjacent blocks fit so well together that, even today, a human hair card cannot be inserted between them. Most important, to this day, Egyptologists have yet to explain how the tops of the pyramids – the so...
  Thu 3 Dec 2015
  17:00 - 19:00
Seminar: TYC Soiree: New understanding of liquids and supercritical fluids
Room 610, GO Jones Building, QMUL
New understanding of liquids and supercritical fluids: their flow, statistical-mechanical, dynamical and thermodynamic properties A never ending journey. Singularities, Slip, Substrates and Structure: Challenges of modelling the moving contact...
  Wed 2 Dec 2015
  12:00 - 14:00
X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy - MRI Graduate Training
Nanoforce Seminar Room, Joseph Priestly Building
MRI training afternoons are designed specifically for PhD students and post-docs, but more generally for anyone interested in learning about the topics. This event will be about Characterisation Techniques. There will be refreshments served at 2pm...
  Wed 2 Dec 2015
  14:00 - 15:30
Image: Seminar: From MAX to MXene - From 3D to 2D
Nanoforce Seminar Room by Michel W. Barsoum Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104
By now it is well-established that the layered, hexagonal carbides and nitrides with the general formula, Mn+1AXn, (MAX) where n = 1 to 3, M is an early transition metal, A is an A-group (mostly IIIA and IVA) element and X is either C and/or N – sometimes referred to as polycrystalline nanolaminates because every basal plane is a potential deformation or delamination plane - combine some of the best attributes of metals and ceramics. In 2011 we showed that by simply immersing MAX phase powders...

November 2015

  Wed 25 Nov 2015
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Paul O'BrienSeminar: Prof Paul O'Brien, Inorganic Materials, Manchester University
People's Palace PP1
Developing and Depositing Materials
  Wed 11 Nov 2015
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Francois BeguinSeminar: Versatility of storage mechanisms in supercapacitors by Professor Francois Beguin, Power Sources Group, Poznan University of Technology https://powersourcesgroup.wordpress.com/
QMUL, Mile End, People's Palace PP1
ABSTRACT: The quick increase in electric energy consumption requires efficient energy storage (ES) to ensure electric grid quality and to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Electrochemical devices for ES are attractive due to their high efficiency, low pollution, reliability, etc. Supercapacitors (SCs) are well-suited for several ES applications: stop/start systems, recovering of braking energy, security systems in aircrafts, regulation of electricity production from renewables, etc. Our...

October 2015

  Wed 28 Oct 2015
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Karen WilsonSeminar: Designing heterogeneous catalysts for biorefining, Professor Karen Wilson, European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University
People's Palace PP1
Catalytic technologies play a critical role in the economic development of both the chemicals industry and modern society, underpinning 90 % of chemical manufacturing processes and contributing to over 20% of all industrial products. Concerns over dwindling oil reserves, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources and associated climate change is driving the urgent need for clean, renewable energy supplies. Biomass derived from waste agricultural/forestry materials or non-food crops,...
  Tue 6 Oct 2015
  15:00 - 17:00
Seminar: PhD Induction for new Materials Research Institute students
Nanoforce Seminar Room

September 2015

  Wed 30 Sep 2015
  15:00 - 16:30
Image: Dr Inna SorokaSeminar: Dr Inna Soroka, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
LG1 GO Jones Building
Metastable copper compounds as possible products of copper canister degradation during long term nuclear waste repository. Inna L. Soroka, Department of Applied Physical Chemistry, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Long term nuclear waste repository concept in Sweden includes multi-barrier isolation of spent nuclear fuel. A sealed copper canister is one of the barriers that expected to prevent the radioactive component release into environment. The canisters are...

April 2015

  Wed 22 Apr 2015
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Prof. Richard Winpenny, University of Manchester
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
  Wed 8 Apr 2015
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Engineering Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications by Dr. Theoni Georgiou, Imperial College London
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
Theoni's research activities that will be summarised during the seminar involve the fabrication of novel well-defined polymer and polymer based materials that find use in biomedical applications. For examples star polymers for gene delivery, injectable gels for tissue engineering and functional polymer conjugates for drug delivery or other type of therapy and imaging. All polymers are fabricated using a systematic approach in order to investigate how key polymer structure characteristics affect...

March 2015

  Wed 25 Mar 2015
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Prof. Robert Mokaya, University of Nottingham
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
The design and synthesis of structurally well-ordered nanostructured materials is currently attracting a great deal of interest in nanomaterials chemistry. Of particular importance are nanostructured materials with inorganic, organic/inorganic or carbon frameworks that possess considerable ‘internal’ surface area and volume. Examples are zeolites and mesoporous silicates that are synthesised via self-assembly mechanisms whereby suitable organic or other species act as templates for inorganic...
  Wed 11 Mar 2015
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Prof. Jonathan Coleman, Trinity College Dublin, Liquid exfoliation of 2D materials: From scaleup to applications
In Bancroft 1.13
ABSTRACT In this talk I will describe liquid exfoliation of 2D materials. The simplest way to do this is to sonicate graphite in certain, stabilising solvents. When the solvent surface energy matches that of graphene the energetic cost of exfoliation is minimised and some of the graphite is converted to graphene. Graphite can also be exfoliated to give graphene by sonication in surfactants or polymer solutions. The resulting graphene is free of oxides and basal-plane defects and consists of...

February 2015

  Wed 25 Feb 2015
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Prof. Stephen Skinner, Imperial College London: “Ionic conduction in strontium silicates: what’s the charge carrier?”
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
“Electrochemical energy conversion devices such as fuel cells and electrolysers are viewed as a solution to the growing need for low carbon routes to energy production. These devices can operate over a wide range of temperatures, with polymer based devices functioning at about 120C and ceramic devices operating in excess of 600C. These two devices target different markets, with low temperature devices applied to the transport sector and high temperature devices to the stationary and domestic...
  Wed 11 Feb 2015
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Seminar: Prof. Andy Monkman, Durham University, Effect of molecular geometry in intramolecular charge transfer systems on thermally activated delayed fluorescence.
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building,
In state of the art Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), 100% conversion efficiency of charge to light is possible. Because charge recombination produces 25% singlet excitons and 75% triplet excitons which are dark states, this requires a process that converts triplets into singlets. Currently achieved using Ir based phosphorescent emitters, but now a new process, Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence, TADF, which requires no heavy metal phosphors, has been shown to achieve the same result....

October 2014

  Wed 8 Oct 2014
  15:00 - 16:00
Seminar: Prof. Lennart Bergstrom - Assembly of nanoparticles and nanocellulose‐based hybrids
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
Nanocellulose is a renewable nanomaterial with outstanding properties that is attracting a rapidly growing scientific and technological interest with applications such as composites, barrier films, scaffold materials, and multifunctional foams and...

September 2014

  Wed 24 Sep 2014
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Dr Russell Binions - Electric Field Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition of Nanostructured Metal Oxide Thin Films
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
Nanostructured thin films of titanium dioxide, tungsten trioxide and vanadium dioxide have been deposited using a novel electric field assisted chemical vapour deposition methodology onto glass and gas sensor substrates. Electric fields were generated during the deposition reaction by applying a potential difference across the interdigitated electrodes of the gas sensor substrate or buy applying an electric field between two transparent conducting oxide coated glass substrates. The deposited...

June 2014

  Thu 12 Jun 2014
  14:00 - 17:00
MRI Postgraduate Training Afternoon on Materials Characterisation
David Sizer Lecture Theatre Francis Bancroft Building
MRI training afternoons are designed specifically for PhD students and post-docs, but more generally for anyone interested in learning about the topics. This event will be about Materials Characterisation. Refreshments will be included.

May 2014

  Thu 29 May 2014
  14:00 - 17:00
MRI Postgraduate Training Afternoon on Spectroscopy
David Sizer Lecture Theatre Francis Bancroft Building
MRI training afternoons are designed specifically for PhD students and post-docs, but more generally for anyone interested in learning about the topics. This event will be about Spectroscopy. Refreshments will be included.
  Thu 15 May 2014
  14:00 - 17:00
MRI Postgraduate Training Afternoon on Crystallography
David Sizer Lecture Theatre Francis Bancroft Building
MRI training afternoons are designed specifically for PhD students and post-docs, but more generally for anyone interested in learning about the topics. This event will be about Crystallography. Refreshments will be included.
  Thu 1 May 2014
  14:00 - 17:00
MRI Postgraduate Training Afternoon on Atomistic Modelling
David Sizer Lecture Theatre Francis Bancroft Building
MRI training afternoons are designed specifically for PhD students and post-docs, but more generally for anyone interested in learning about the topics. This event will be about Atomistic Modelling. Refreshments will be included.

April 2014

  Thu 17 Apr 2014
  14:00 - 17:00
MRI Postgraduate Training Afternoon on Imaging
David Sizer Lecture Theatre Francis Bancroft Building
MRI training afternoons are designed specifically for PhD students and post-docs, but more generally for anyone interested in learning about the topics. This event will be about Imaging. Refreshments will be included.

January 2014

  Wed 15 Jan 2014
  15:00 - 16:00
Image: Prof. Beppe BattagliaSeminar: Prof. Beppe Battaglia (University College London) - Joint seminar of MRI and IoB
Arts 1
How to makes things as simple as possible but not simpler in Biomaterial design Biological systems, including our body, are intrinsically complex and comprise a hierarchy of chemical and physical interaction that join together atoms, molecules, macromolecules and supramolecular structures into functional units far from the thermodynamic equilibrium. Such a complexity is still very much far from our understanding and yet, our self-preservation instinct drives us into interfering with it as...