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October 2018

18 Oct 18Professor Diana Lopez, Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido & Professor Magda Titirici Material Research Institute's team is shortlisted to win a £200,000 science prize
Two researchers from Queen Mary's Material Research Institute are part of a team that is shortlisted to win a £200,000 science prize for their work in creating sustainable energy storage technologies from palm tree resi... [more]

August 2018

10 Aug 18The ratcheting building block that could be embedded in the new materials. After vertical compression, it keeps the materials collapsed, and can release energy on sideways pull.Scientists at MRI design material that can store energy like an eagle’s grip
What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists at Queen Mary University of Londo... [more]

July 2018

25 Jul 18Facilities access support for use of Henry Royce Institute equipmentFacilities access support for use of Henry Royce Institute equipment, University of Cambridge
Please note that there are funds available for people in Energy Research to access the facilities of the Royce Institute at the University of Cambridge. The EPSRC Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Sys... [more]

June 2018

1 Jun 18Growth of apatite nanocrystals at multiple scales - similarly to how these crystals grow when dental enamel developsProtein disorder–order interplay to guide the growth of hierarchical mineralized structures
Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel Materials Research Institute researchers have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental ename... [more]

May 2018

17 May 18 Dr Stoyan Smoukov, Materials Research InstituteScientists discover how a pinch of salt can improve battery performance
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batter... [more]
9 May 18Professor Magda TitriciProfessor Magdalena Titirici wins Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize, 2018
Professor Magdalena Titirici, acting Director of the Materials Research Institute, is this year's Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize winner. Professor Titirici’s research group mimics the natural proces... [more]

April 2018

25 Apr 18Dr Himadri GuptaTechnology network awarded funding to capture musculoskeletal degeneration
Queen Mary University of London awarded funding to create a network seeking to develop new, high energy imaging methods to capture the dynamic biochemical and biophysical processes in biological samples The human body... [more]
11 Apr 18Dr Joe BriscoeMRI researcher helps develop rollercoaster which charges your phone
A researcher from Queen Mary University of London has used his expertise in energy harvesting applications to help develop a rollercoaster which charges your phone. Dr Joe Briscoe, from the Materials Research Institut... [more]

March 2018

19 Mar 18UK Research and Innovation invites expressions of interest - Closing date: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 12:00pm
UK Research and Innovation is inviting expressions of interest to identify the next wave of challenges to be supported under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). ISCF funding comes from UK Research and Innovati... [more]
2 Mar 18PhD student Sabina Nicolae heat winner of IOM Young Person’s LecturePhD student wins London heat of Institute of Materials Young Person’s Lecture Competition 2018
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February 2018

27 Feb 18Professor Sir Colin HumphreysProfessor Sir Colin Humphreys, Materials expert joins Queen Mary University of London
Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE, FREng, FRS, renowned British physicist and materials expert, is set to join Queen Mary University of London as Professor of Materials Science, responsible for raising the profile of Ma... [more]
21 Feb 18The Research Beehive, Newcastle University The official launch of the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM), 16 March 2018
The official launch of the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM) takes place at the Research Beehive, Newcastle University, on Friday 16 March 2018. The North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM), formed... [more]
9 Feb 18 Nomination for 'Innovation of the year' Andy Bushby makes finalist in the Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2018, 'Innovation of the year' category
'Weight-saving metal components achieved by length-scale engineering' - Andy Bushby, Materials Research Institute. Andy Bushby developed a simple manufacturing process for complex 3D-shaped metal engineering componen... [more]

January 2018

15 Jan 18Professor William GillinProfessor William Gillin, Director of the Materials Research Institute - shortlisted for “Bruce Dickinson Entrepreneur of the Year” award for his work in Optical communication
William Gillin, Director of the Materials Research Institute and Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy has been shortlisted for the “Bruce Dickinson Entrepreneur of the Year” award at Queen Mary University... [more]

December 2017

15 Dec 17Jelena Gorbaciova receiving the award for best talk MRI Christmas Symposium Prize Winners 2017
Congratulations to our PhD Students in MRI! Jelena Gorbaciova won the prize for best talk entitled 'Path to High Quantum Efficiency in an Organic Erbium Complex' and Fei Xie won the prize for best poster presentation... [more]
4 Dec 17Professor Magda Titirici's Inaugural Lecture6 Dec 2017: Meet our Professors Series: Going Green with Black, with Professor Magda Titirici
Carbon is the most versatile element known. It combines with other (carbon) atoms forming materials with astonishing properties. The versatility and potential of carbon has attracted top recognition in the last decade fo... [more]

November 2017

27 Nov 17 Industrial Liaison Forum, 22nd Nov 2017Industrial Liaison Forum, 22nd Nov 2017
Review of the Industrial Liaison Forum that took place on 22nd Nov 2017 Wednesday 22nd November saw the first of our two Industrial Liaison Forums for industrialists, academic staff and students in the School of Engin... [more]
21 Nov 17ESR Spectroscopy Group Conference 2018Registration is now open for ESR Spectroscopy Group Conference 2018
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 Gra... [more]
20 Nov 17Advance Notice of Materials Research Institute Seminar Series – 2017/18
Advance Notice of Materials Research Institute Seminar Series – 2017/18
14 Nov 17QMUL spin out receives investment to develop energy-saving optical communications technology
MRI spin out company has received investment to commercialise a new material technology which would both drastically cut energy use and increase the speed of optical communications. Chromosol, founded by Professor Wil... [more]

October 2017

13 Oct 17London Energy Materials & Devices Hub - First Symposium between QMUL and UCL held at the MRI
First Symposium QMUL-UCL London Energy Materials & Devices Hub

May 2017

31 May 17Prof James Durrant, Imperial College LondonMRI Spring Symposium and Poster Presentation
The MRI Spring Symposium was held on 31 May 2017 and featured excellent talks and posters from PhD students from the Materials Research Institute as well as an invited talk from Professor James Durrant FRS from Imperial ... [more]

April 2017

11 Apr 17Professor Nicola M PugnoProfessor Nicola Pugno wins the IOM3's Griffith Medal & Prize
Professor of Materials Science Nicola Pugno has won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's prestigious Griffith Medal. The award is given in recognition of distinguished work that has made or is making a notab... [more]

January 2017

6 Jan 17MRI becomes part of CAM-IES (Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems)
The MRI is now part of the Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES) in collaboration with Cambridge, UCL and Newcastle Universities. Thanks to Christian Nielsen for his work in getting this ... [more]

November 2016

30 Nov 16Pelin Poster Prize winning teamPelin Poster Prize UK Energy Storage Conference
Pelin Yilmaz working on an Innovate UK project with Magda Titirici and Johnson Matthey on “ Designing Low Cost Anodes for Na-ion Batteries” won the best poster price at the UK Energy Storage Conference in Birmingham... [more]
14 Nov 16Kathrin Preuß H2FCH2FC Researcher Conference 2016
Kathrin Preuß, a PhD student in Prof. Titirici’s group won the 3 Minute Thesis Presentations competition at the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Research Conference held in Belfast out of a total of 12 candidates. Kathrin had the... [more]
8 Nov 16Prof Magda Titirici Rosenhain MedalProf Magda Titirici is awarded the Rosenhain Medal of the IOM3
Prof Magda Titirici was awarded the Rosenhain Medal at a gala dinner in London on the 8th November 2016. The prestigious medal and prize is awarded by the IOM3 to the most distinguished materials scientist under the age ... [more]

June 2016

27 Jun 16MRI student Kathrin Preuss wins best poster
Congratulations go to Kathrin Preuss from Magda Titirici’ s research group has won the prize for the best poster for her presented work entitled 'Sustainable Carbons for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Fuel Cells” a... [more]

April 2016

13 Apr 16BioMin Launch InvitationBioMinF Flouride Bioactive Glass Toothpaste Launch
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

7 Mar 162016 SET for Britain Bronze Award Winner Nikolaos PapaioannouSET for Britain Exhibition of posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians
The final of the 2016 SET for BRITAIN event took place on Monday, 7th March 2016, sponsored by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the SET for BRITAIN organising group of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. SET f... [more]

December 2015

23 Dec 15BioMin Technologies Ltd
The QMUL Spin Out Company "BioMin Technologies Ltd" has produced on a Commercial Scale 10,000 tubes (almost 2 tons) of its Fluoride Containing Bioactive Glass Toothpaste. David Gillam, Robert Hill, Pushkar Wadke and N... [more]

November 2015

13 Nov 15XRD patterns of the pure GaN and Ga-In-N samples with increasing indium contents: a)?GaN, b)?GaInN-0.05, c)?GaInN-0.10, and d)?GaInN-0.2.GaN and GaxIn1?xN Nanoparticles with Tunable Indium Content: Synthesis and Characterization
Semiconducting GaN and GaxIn1?xN nanoparticles (4–10?nm in diameter, depending on the metal ratio) with tunable indium content are prepared through a chemical synthesis (the urea-glass route). The bandgap of the ternar... [more]
9 Nov 15Image of glass cement filling, copyright Semmelweis University Dental SchoolWatching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer
Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Aberystwyth University have revealed ‘sweet points’ for dental fillings, where cement used to fill cracks regain elasticity before hardening indefinitely. ... [more]

April 2013

5 Apr 13First results from our PDF diffractometer
Whilst not our first measurement per se, we now have our first analysis from which we have produced our histogram of interatomic distances within a measured material. The material is called orthoterphenyl. The molecul... [more]

March 2013

29 Mar 13The new PDF x-ray diffractometerOur new PDF x-ray diffractometer
This arrived very recently, and is now running experiments alongside the tests we want to do. It has a silver x-ray source, giving a wavelength of 0.05 nm. At this short wavelength, we can perform measurements to rela... [more]

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