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November 2021

Professor Bill Bonfield FRS FREng FMedSci, second Head of Materials showing some of the materials developed by Materials at Queen Mary, including HAPEX used in over 500,000 patients worldwide

Materials Celebrates 50 Years of Graduations

15 November 2021

50 years of Materials graduates from the Mile End Campus in London and the first cohort from Queen Mary Engineering School (QMES) at our campus at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi'an China were celebrated on Friday 5th November. 120 people gathered in the Octagon with another 45 people on-line to celebrate. We had ... [more]


September 2021

Queen Mary Chemical Engineering students Jamila and Phoebe with colleagues in the Waternet labs, Amsterdam

New study involving Chemical Engineering students could help produce high-quality drinking water at lower cost

21 September 2021

Extensive purification is required to produce reliable and tasty drinking water. Purification consists of a series of processes, and water softening is an important step in water treatment. Currently, most water softening processes use a specific type of softening reactor, known as liquid–solid fluidised (LSF) bed reactors. It is ... [more]

Sir Colin Humphreys

Prof Sir Colin Humphreys awarded prestigious Queen's Medal by the Royal Society

1 September 2021

Sir Colin Humphreys, Professor of Materials Science, has been awarded the Queen's Medal of the Royal Society. Each year three medals are awarded for the most important contributions to the advancement of "Natural Knowledge" in the physical and biological sciences and for distinguished contributions in the applied sciences. Professor Humphreys ... [more]


July 2021

Droplets with tail-like filaments. Credit: Emily Lin.

Scientists create rechargeable swimming microrobots using oil and water

21 July 2021

A new study, published in Nature Physics, has shown that it is possible to create tiny, self-powered swimming robots from three simple ingredients. By combining oil drops with water containing a detergent-like substance, the scientists found they could produce artificial swimmers that are able to swim independently and even harvest ... [more]

The onshore wave energy converters in operation at Gibraltar wave energy station. Credit: Eco Wave Power.

Queen Mary researchers win grant to establish the first onshore wave energy converters to power Thailand's remote islands

15 July 2021

Queen Mary researchers win grant to establish the first onshore wave energy converters to power Thailand's remote islands. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have been awarded around £300,000 from Innovate UK to develop the first microgrids powered by onshore wave energy converters (WECs). The new project "Sea Wave Energy ... [more]


June 2021

Dr Wei Tan

Queen Mary launches new research project to tackle safety concerns with zero emission vehicles

9 June 2021

Queen Mary University of London researchers have been awarded funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop new, lightweight and low-cost materials for the manufacture of safer zero emission vehicles. The project, led by researchers from Queen Mary's Mechanics of Composite Materials Group (MCM), will create an ... [more]

Professor Alan Drew

Delivering the Battery Revolution

5 June 2021

Queen Mary, in collaboration with the National Battery Research Institute and the British Council, are running a pre-COP26 climate challenge workshop on 'Delivering Battery Revolution: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in Indonesia'. This virtual workshop, due to be held on 12-14 July 2021, will explain the causes and the role ... [more]


May 2021

Innovation space at Queen Mary Enterprise

Queen Mary opens new life science business incubation space in Whitechapel

24 May 2021

Queen Mary University of London has announced the official opening of Queen Mary Enterprise (QME), a new innovation space in the heart of Whitechapel in east London. Designed by international architects NBBJ, the same team behind the Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre (QMB), and located within QMB, the new space ... [more]


April 2021

Delivering Battery Revolution

Delivering Battery Revolution: Reducing The Drivers of Climate Change in Indonesia

22 April 2021

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 ... [more]

Graphene under various contacts

What we know – and don't know – about the mechanical and thermal properties of graphene

21 April 2021

In a featured article published in Applied Physics Reviews, Prof. David Dunstan from the School of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys, Dr. Dimitrios Papageorgiou and Dr. Yiwei Sun from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, review what we know and don't know about the mechanical and thermal ... [more]


March 2021

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New Community Connections Grant Scheme

18 March 2021

New Community Connections Grant Scheme - open now! Would you like to run an activity to connect with your neighbours, local residents in your street or estate, or with community organisations? Apply for up to £500 as part of the Queen Mary Community Connections grant scheme. For more details and to ... [more]

Schematic of device with output from bending

New high-performance and durable textile-based wearable energy harvesters

5 March 2021

New research published by Qinrong He from Dr Joe Briscoe's group, in collaboration with Dr Han Zhang, demonstrates piezoelectric energy harvesters produced on e-textiles that can harvest energy from body movement to power portable electronic devices and sensors. The research, published in the journal Nano Energy, makes use of piezoelectric ... [more]


February 2021

Dr Andrew Buchan

Does Covid-killing UV tech work?

15 February 2021

The MRI's Dr Andrew Buchan & Dr Eldad Avital showed in a recent study that existing UV technology could be used to combat Covid-19. Dr Eldad Avital and colleagues showed that upper room UV germicidal irradiation (UVGI) could deactivate Sars-CoV-2 particles in poorly ventilated rooms. Scientists are also exploring the use ... [more]


January 2021

European Research Council

MRI's Dr Joe Briscoe receives prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant

4 January 2021

Dr Joe Briscoe, a Senior Lecturer in Functional Materials and member of the MRI at Queen Mary, has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) as part of the 'excellent science' pillar of the EU's current Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Dr Briscoe is one of ... [more]


December 2020

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PhD student training programme

7 December 2020

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 ... [more]


November 2020

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Queen Mary Emergency Covid-19 Fund

26 November 2020

Amidst a second national lockdown in the UK we have launched the Queen Mary Emergency COVID-19 Fund so that the whole Queen Mary community can rally together and help our students through this crisis. Students have lost their part-time jobs and many are unable to travel to our campuses but ... [more]


October 2020

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

21 October 2020

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Congratulations to MRI's Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido from the School of Engineering and Materials Science who has been named as one of UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellows for her work to develop innovative energy storage systems. The £1.4m ... [more]

Professor Kostya Trachenko

MRI Scientists find upper limit for the speed of sound

12 October 2020

A research collaboration between Queen Mary University of London, the University of Cambridge and the Institute for High Pressure Physics in Troitsk has discovered the fastest possible speed of sound. The result- about 36 km per second - is around twice as fast as the speed of sound in diamond, the ... [more]

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Chromosol, a Queen Mary spinout company, announced as winner of Royal Society of Chemistry's Emerging Technologies Competition

8 October 2020

Chromosol was founded by Professor Bill Gillin, MRI's former director, and is one of Queen Mary's spinout companies. It has been announced as a winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Emerging Technologies Competition. The company won the 'Enabling Technologies' category, beating four other finalists to the prestigious award. As ... [more]

Postdoctoral opportunity in Physics of organic electronic materials

7 October 2020

There is an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher in Physics of organic electronic materials – Characterization of conducting polymer aerogels for organic thermoelectric applications. This post is being sought by one of Christian Bech Nielsen's collaborators at the Institut Charles Sadron in Strasbourg and the details are at the folowing links: ... [more]


September 2020

Professor Kostya Trachenko

Prof Kostya Trachenko awarded prestigious CCP5 computational physics prize

24 September 2020

Our congratulations to MRI's Professor Kostya Trachenko for receiving the CCP5 computational physics prize this year. The CCP5 prize for 2020 goes to Kostya for outstanding contributions to modelling and theory of condensed matter phases including liquid state theory, radiation effects and DL_POLY development. CCP5 is the Collaborative Computational Project ... [more]

Professors James Busfield and Yang Hao

Royal Academy of Engineering Academy announces leading engineers as new Fellows

22 September 2020

Today the Royal Academy of Engineering announced the 2020 new Fellows. We are delighted to learn that Queen Mary has two new Fellows - Professor James Busfield and Professor Yang Hao. To quote their citations: Professor James Busfield has spent 25 years working with industrial partners to develop a wide range of ... [more]

Professor Greg Slabaugh

Queen Mary appoints Director for new Digital Environment Research Institute

16 September 2020

Queen Mary University of London has announced the appointment of Professor Greg Slabaugh as the Director of the University's new Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI). Greg starts his role this month and will lead DERI, the first research institute created to support the delivery of Queen Mary's Strategy 2030. He joins ... [more]


August 2020

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Scientists develop new material for longer-lasting fuel cells

12 August 2020

New research, involving scientists at Queen Mary University of London, suggests that graphene could be used to make more durable hydrogen fuel cells for cars. In the study, published today in the journal Nanoscale, researchers produced graphene via a special, scalable technique and used it to develop hydrogen fuel cell ... [more]


July 2020

Elvis & Kresse Ltd rescue waste material and transform it into luxury fashion accessories © Elvis & Kresse (EAKO Ltd)

Collaborating with SMEs to develop sustainable fashion

16 July 2020

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Engineering and Materials Science are working with a multi-award winning accessories brand to drive forward sustainable innovation within the fashion industry. Funded as part of a £1.2M R&D funding award from the Business of Fashion, Textiles ... [more]


June 2020

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Materials Research Institute researcher recognised in WES Top 50 Women in Engineering

23 June 2020

Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi, an expert in Functional Materials here at Queen Mary University of London has been announced as a winner of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability awards. Now in its fifth year, the 2020 WE50 celebrates women who have ... [more]


May 2020

Professor Adrian Martineau

You can still sign up to study to identify highest risk factors for COVID-19

21 May 2020

Scientists are calling on the public to sign up to a new study which will help identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others with the disease. The COVIDENCE UK study, led by Queen Mary University of London, opens today [... [more]


April 2020

Dr Karin Hing

Queen Mary secure new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to support industry engagement

24 April 2020

Researchers from Queen Mary’s Materials Research Institute have been awarded two new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to support innovation and knowledge transfer with industry partners. The new KTPs, which represent funding of over £500,000, will support engineering projects aimed at developing new biomaterials for bone healthcare treatments, and novel woven ... [more]

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Visors made at home by dentists on 3D printers help protect against Covid-19

12 April 2020

Dentists from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, have used 3D printers to design a high-protection visor for NHS medics that is about to be produced in vast numbers for London’s Nightingale hospital. Professor Shakeel Shahdad, from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, ... [more]

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Coronavirus update (April 2020)

6 April 2020

The UK Government has announced that everyone must stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or work – if they are unable to do so from home. Queen Mary remains open, however there is now no face-to-face interaction. We are transitioning as much as we can of ... [more]


March 2020

Schematic of the microscopic interactions between active particles (green) and a passive tracer (blue)

Mathematicians develop new theory to explain real-world randomness

20 March 2020

Einstein’s theory of Brownian motion, which describes the random movement of particles in fluids, is widely used to model randomness throughout science. However, this revolutionary model only works when a fluid is static, or at equilibrium. In real-life environments, fluids often contain particles that move by themselves, such as ... [more]


January 2020

Deep-sea ecosystems are potentially at risk from deep-sea mining according to Queen Mary University of London research.

Scientists fear impact of deep-sea mining on microbial ecosystems

16 January 2020

Deep-sea ecosystems are potentially at risk from the impacts of deep-sea mining according to a new paper co-authored by an academic at Queen Mary University of London. The study, which analyses what is known about microbes in deep-sea environments, also shows that some of these habitats may be impacted more ... [more]

A drug resistant melanoma cell that has altered its cytoskeleton

Queen Mary research team identifies new route for tackling drug resistance in skin cancer cells

14 January 2020

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have found that melanoma cells fight anti-cancer drugs by changing their internal skeleton (cytoskeleton) – opening up a new therapeutic route for combating skin and other cancers that develop resistance to treatment. The team from Barts Cancer Institute found that melanoma cells stop responding ... [more]

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PhD Studentship Computational Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London

10 January 2020

A funded PhD student position (3.5 years) is available starting in Autumn 2020 at the Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary University related to the project "Computational Design of Metal-Carbonaceous Catalysts for the CO2 Transformation into Added-Value Chemicals". Deadline for application: 31st January 2020. Project Details The development of catalysts to convert carbon dioxide (... [more]


December 2019

Best Talk (L-R) Christina Kousseff, Dr Christian Nielsen & Professor Alan Drew

Materials Research Institute Christmas Symposium 2019

17 December 2019

Our thanks and congratulations to our prize winning PhD Students at this year's MRI Christmas Symposium. This year's prizes were awarded by Professor Alan Drew, Director of the Materials Research Institute and MRI Leadership Team representatives Dr Flynn Castles and Dr Christian Nielsen. Last year's poster winner, Christina Kousseff won ... [more]


November 2019

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Materials Research Institute Christmas Symposium

6 November 2019

Materials Research Institute’s ever-popular Christmas Symposium will take place this year on Monday 16th December, 13:00-18:00, at the Arts One Lecture Theatre, followed by drinks and nibbles from 18:00 at the SCR bar. Prizes for Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Presentation (£100 Amazon vouchers), and two runner up prizes (£50 Amazon ... [more]


October 2019

Dr Emiliano Bilotti

Croissant making inspires renewable energy solution

22 October 2019

The art of croissant making has inspired researchers from Queen Mary University of London to find a solution to a sustainable energy problem. Croissants are made by pressing and folding dough to create a layered pastry. The researchers applied this technique to a dielectric capacitor, which is a device that ... [more]

 Sir Peter Ratcliffe

Queen Mary alumnus Sir Peter Ratcliffe awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine

9 October 2019

Sir Peter Ratcliffe, who qualified as a doctor in 1978 from one of Queen Mary’s founding institutions - St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School - has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Sir Peter began ... [more]


September 2019

Professor John O'Keefe

Biology Meets Physics Symposiumity

30 September 2019

Both the Institute of Bioengineering and Materials Research Institute were delighted by the turnout for the inaugural Biology Meets Physics Symposium at Queen Mary University of London. There was a great variety of talks that stretched from the birds to the bees - Peter Hore's analysis of migratory songbirds to ... [more]


July 2019

Dr Fuad Alhaj Omar and MRI's Dr Joe Briscoe

Queen Mary continues to support the rebuilding of higher education in Syria

31 July 2019

Queen Mary University of London has hosted a Syrian academic in exile, consolidating its support for academics at risk and the rebuilding of higher education in Syria. Queen Mary is among a number of British universities engaged in the Syria Programme launched by the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara) ... [more]

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Two postdoctoral positions in London on CO2 mineralization

23 July 2019

Position details Two postdoctoral positions are available at Queen Mary University of London to work on the computational and experimental characterization of the molecular-level processes controlling the crystal growth and nucleation of magnesium carbonate (MgCO3), specifically focusing on enhancing the direct CO2 conversion to anhydrous MgCO3 at mild conditions. The ... [more]


June 2019

Festival of Communities 2019

Experience Tower Hamlets at the 2019 Festival of Communities | People's Palace, Queen Mary Mile End Campus

11 June 2019

The annual Festival of Communities celebrates the culture and diversity of the extraordinary borough that is Tower Hamlets. Hosted by Queen Mary University of London and Tower Hamlets’ organisations, the festival is returning for its fourth year to showcase living and learning across the borough. The festival provides a weekend ... [more]


May 2019

Technology to capture energy from sea waves

Technology to capture energy from sea waves awarded funding

28 May 2019

A team from Queen Mary has been awarded funding to develop technology to capture energy from waves at sea. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) will grant £461,345 to the team from the School of Engineering and Materials Science to develop an adaptive hierarchical model predictive control framework for wave energy converters (WECs). ... [more]

The Knowledge Transfer Network

A Queen Mary research project has won a national Engineering Excellence Award at Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Best of the Best awards.

9 May 2019

A Queen Mary research project has won a national Engineering Excellence Award at Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Best of the Best awards. The award was presented at The Royal Society of Chemistry in London to LMK Thermosafe, which entered into a KTP with Queen Mary and KTP ... [more]

Dr Karin Hing's Synthetic bone graft Royal Mail stamp

Recognition for Dr Karin Hing's Synthetic bone graft research

2 May 2019

The pioneering work of Materials Research Institute researcher Karin Hing has been celebrated with a stamp as part of a new series launched by the Royal Mail. The six stamp set, launched today, marks innovations in British engineering from the last 50 years including the development of a synthetic bone graft ... [more]


April 2019

London Institute of Transport Technology

Newham College partners in with Queen Mary University London and London Institute of Transport Technology

15 April 2019

MRI's Professor James Busfield Newham College has led the partnership to form one of twelve Institutes of Technology, backed by £170 million of Government Funding, to help provide 'high-quality skills training'' to young people, particularly students looking to take up vocational courses. London Institute of Transport Technology (LITT) is one of ... [more]


March 2019

Milestones in Molecular Simulations

Thomas Young Centre Symposium - Milestones in Molecular Simulations

18 March 2019

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 ... [more]

Dr Richard Henderson

2019 Drummond Lecture with Dr Richard Henderson

12 March 2019

You are invited to the annual Drummond Lecture with our speaker Dr Richard Henderson of LMB Cambridge. The lecture is entitled 'The increasing power of cryoEM for macromolecular structure determination'. Dr Henderson received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2017 for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules ... [more]


February 2019

Runner up - Miguel Rivera (supervised by MRI's Dr Rachel Crespo-Otero) receiving his prize

Thomas Young Centre (TYC) Student Day 2019

19 February 2019

The Thomas Young Centre's prestigious annual Student Day took place on Friday 15th February 2019. Shortlisted TYC PhD students present their amazing research through talks and posters and competed for 'Best Talk' and 'Best Poster' prizes. Twelve successful applicants were invited to present their research by way of a short talk ... [more]


January 2019

Bi-layer graphene

Properties of ‘wonder material’ graphene change in humid conditions

24 January 2019

Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London. The ‘wonder material’, which is made from carbon and was discovered in 2004, is hailed for many of its extraordinary characteristics including being stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, light, flexible and transparent. ... [more]


December 2018

Eugenia Pyurbeeva 1st prize for best talk

MRI Christmas Symposium Prize Winners

14 December 2018

Congratulations to our prize winning PhD Students in MRI! This year's prizes were awarded by Professor Yang Hao, Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Materials Research Institute's Interim Director, Professor Alan Drew. Eugenia Pyurbeeva won the prize for best talk entitled 'Heat engines approaching ... [more]


November 2018

 nanomaterials

Fully funded PhD studentship: the new generation of nanomaterials: how to get control on matter at the nanoscale

26 November 2018

Shaping the new generation of nanomaterials: how to get control on matter at the nanoscale Supervisor: Dr Cristina Giordano Deadline: 31st January 2019 Funding: QMUL (UK/EU only) Project description Nanomaterials are now in our everyday life in many different fields, from automobile, medicine, electronics and more. Nevertheless, there are still ... [more]


October 2018

Professor Diana Lopez, Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido & Professor Magda Titirici

Material Research Institute's team is shortlisted to win a £200,000 science prize

18 October 2018

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 residue in Colombia. Professor Magda Titirici and co-investigator Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido, both from Queen Mary’s ... [more]


August 2018

The 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

10 August 2018

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 London and University of Cambridge have created materials that can ... [more]


July 2018

Facilities access support for use of Henry Royce Institute equipment

Facilities access support for use of Henry Royce Institute equipment, University of Cambridge

25 July 2018

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 Systems (CAM-IES) will provide funding to support access to shared equipment facilities by its member institutions. ... [more]


June 2018

Growth of apatite nanocrystals at multiple scales - similarly to how these crystals grow when dental enamel develops

Protein disorder–order interplay to guide the growth of hierarchical mineralized structures

1 June 2018

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 enamel and bone. Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables ... [more]


May 2018

 Dr Stoyan Smoukov, Materials Research Institute

Scientists discover how a pinch of salt can improve battery performance

17 May 2018

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 batteries. They found that adding salt to the inside of a supermolecular sponge and then baking ... [more]

Professor Magda Titrici

Professor Magdalena Titirici wins Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize, 2018

9 May 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 process of carbon formation in the lab – a process that takes millions of years in Nature. The resulting carbon is then used ... [more]


April 2018

Dr Himadri Gupta

Technology network awarded funding to capture musculoskeletal degeneration

25 April 2018

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 is highly structured – from proteins and DNA, to the cells making up tissues that, in turn, form ... [more]

Dr Joe Briscoe

MRI researcher helps develop rollercoaster which charges your phone

11 April 2018

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 Institute, was approached by THORPE PARK Resort to work on their latest ride ‘The Walking Dead: The Ride’ ... [more]


March 2018

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UK Research and Innovation invites expressions of interest - Closing date: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 12:00pm

19 March 2018

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 Innovation, business and the public sector working in partnership. The aim of this open expression of interest (... [more]

PhD student Sabina Nicolae heat winner of IOM Young Person’s Lecture

PhD student wins London heat of Institute of Materials Young Person’s Lecture Competition 2018

2 March 2018

Sabina Nicolae, a PhD student supervised by Materials Research Institute members Professor Magda Titirici and Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido, has won the London heat of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Young Person’s Lecture Competition (YPLC) 2018. The YPLC invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to ... [more]


February 2018

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, Materials expert joins Queen Mary University of London

27 February 2018

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 Materials Science and carrying out research projects. Principal and President of Queen Mary, Professor Colin Bailey, said: “... [more]

The Research Beehive, Newcastle University

The official launch of the North East Centre for Energy Materials (NECEM), 16 March 2018

21 February 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 between the universities of Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria, unites the breadth of expertise present at the three sites ... [more]

 Nomination for 'Innovation of the year'

Andy Bushby makes finalist in the Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2018, 'Innovation of the year' category

9 February 2018

'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 components in collaboration with a small UK company. The process produces higher strength from less material, which is important for hi-tech applications such as satellites. ... [more]


January 2018

Professor William Gillin

Professor William Gillin, Director of the Materials Research Institute - shortlisted for “Bruce Dickinson Entrepreneur of the Year” award for his work in Optical communication

15 January 2018

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 of London for his work in Optical communication. Optical communication is the future of high speed data ... [more]


December 2017

Jelena Gorbaciova receiving the award for best talk

MRI Christmas Symposium Prize Winners 2017

15 December 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 at this year's MRI Christmas Symposium 2017. Jelena and Fei received a mixture of book ... [more]

Professor Magda Titirici's Inaugural Lecture

6 Dec 2017: Meet our Professors Series: Going Green with Black, with Professor Magda Titirici

4 December 2017

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 for the work in fullerenes (1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), CNTs (2008 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience) and grapheme (2010 Nobel Prize ... [more]


November 2017

 Industrial Liaison Forum, 22nd Nov 2017

Industrial Liaison Forum, 22nd Nov 2017

27 November 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 Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI). The event took place in ... [more]

ESR Spectroscopy Group Conference 2018

Registration is now open for ESR Spectroscopy Group Conference 2018

21 November 2017

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 ... [more]

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Advance Notice of Materials Research Institute Seminar Series – 2017/18

20 November 2017

Advance Notice of Materials Research Institute Seminar Series – 2017/18

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QMUL spin out receives investment to develop energy-saving optical communications technology

14 November 2017

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 William Gillin, will develop technology to allow the manipulation of light directly on silicon chips, allowing them to communicate ... [more]


October 2017

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

13 October 2017

First Symposium QMUL-UCL London Energy Materials & Devices Hub


May 2017

Prof James Durrant, Imperial College London

MRI Spring Symposium and Poster Presentation

31 May 2017

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 College London. The Best Poster Prize of £100, kindly sponsored by Specac, was awarded to Alex ... [more]


April 2017

Professor Nicola M Pugno

Professor Nicola Pugno wins the IOM3's Griffith Medal & Prize

11 April 2017

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 notable contribution to any branch of materials science and is an incredible achievement. Nicola has innovated ... [more]


January 2017

MRI becomes part of CAM-IES (Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems)

6 January 2017

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 up and running. This is a £2M collaborative grant, funded by EPSRC under the Advanced Materials ... [more]


November 2016

Pelin Poster Prize winning team

Pelin Poster Prize UK Energy Storage Conference

30 November 2016

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 on 30th November 2016. This is a picture of the wining team after the award was ... [more]

Kathrin Preuß H2FC

H2FC Researcher Conference 2016

14 November 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 very difficult task to present the aims, outcomes and future directions of her PhD thesis ... [more]

Prof Magda Titirici Rosenhain Medal

Prof Magda Titirici is awarded the Rosenhain Medal of the IOM3

8 November 2016

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 of 40 in the UK. Magda being the first QMUL employee to receive this ... [more]


June 2016

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MRI student Kathrin Preuss wins best poster

27 June 2016

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” at the 7th UK – Japan Symposium on Fundamental Research Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials. [more]


April 2016

BioMin Launch Invitation

BioMinF Flouride Bioactive Glass Toothpaste Launch

13 April 2016

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

2016 SET for Britain Bronze Award Winner Nikolaos Papaioannou

SET for Britain Exhibition of posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians

7 March 2016

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 for BRITAIN exists to raise the profile of Britain\\\'s early-stage researchers at Westminster by engaging ... [more]


December 2015

BioMin Technologies Ltd

23 December 2015

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 Natalia Karpukhina were winners of the Armourers and Brasiers Venture Prize in 2013 and the Prize Money has been used ... [more]


November 2015

XRD 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

13 November 2015

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 ternary system depends on its composition, and therefore, the color of the final material can be turned from bright ... [more]

Image of glass cement filling, copyright Semmelweis University Dental School

Watching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer

9 November 2015

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. This could have implications for creating more durable and longer-lasting fillings in the future. http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/... [more]


April 2013

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First results from our PDF diffractometer

5 April 2013

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 molecule structure is shown in one of the photographs; essentially three rings of carbon and hydrogen atoms ... [more]


March 2013

The new PDF x-ray diffractometer

Our new PDF x-ray diffractometer

29 March 2013

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 relatively high values of a quantity called the scattering vector, with symbol Q. The ... [more]