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Department of Materials


Materials alumni join the 2015 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
July 2014

Olly and Dan Atlantic Challenge

After more than two years of preparation, in December 2015, AACME,(formerly IPTME), alumni Dan Parsons and Olly Clark will join 26 other teams to begin the 3,000 mile rowing race starting from La Gomera in the Canary Islands and ending in Antigua. The race typically takes 40-90 days to complete.

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Materials staff win Teaching Innovation Award
July 2014

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Simon Hogg, Mark Jepson and Nicola Jennings from Chemistry won a Teaching Innovation Award from the Teaching Centre (£3260) to investigate flipped lecturing.

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Fluor Presentation
July 2014

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Fluor contributes to the costs of a new microscope for the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre.

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Dr Gary Critchlow awarded Outstanding Service Award
June 2014

Gary Critchlow

IOM3 Local Affairs Board awards Outstanding Service Awards each year, in recognition of achievement and commitment which has not previously been acknowledged elsewhere. The awards recognise significant contributions to the Institute made through a local group, affiliated society or branch.

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New plastic developed by Materials Scientist
June 2014

Sara Ronca lab

A new plastic has been developed to help prevent mobile phones from overheating by Loughborough University Scientist Dr Sara Ronca. The plastic is called ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) which is used to make a variety of products, from prostheses to body armour.

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Loughborough Materials Student features in Materials World
March 2014

Stuart Robertson, final year MEng Design with Engineering Materials student, Loughborough

Stuart Robertson a 5th year MEng Student studying Design with Engineering Materials, has featured in the February edition of Materials World, the monthly publication of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
Stuart was featured for presenting his project, designing a drop weight testing rig that could simulate dynamic damage in ceramic armour.

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Poster prize at national Materials research showcase event
March 2014

Jacob Wang wins Poster Prize athe the Materials Research Exchange 2014

Jacob Wang (Jing Wang) was awarded second prize for his research poster in the "Materials for High Value Markets" category at the recent Materials Research Exchange event, which brought together researchers from across the entire UK Materials research community. Mark Robershaw the Chief Executive of Morgan Advanced Materials presented Jacob with his award.

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Best Materials Student at SET Awards
December 2013

Tom Casselden receiving his SET award 2013

Loughborough Materials student Tom Casselden has won the prestigious SET award for the Best Materials Student 2013. Tom's entry, "ADAPT" Modular Alpine Snow Skis, which constituted his 3rd year individual MEng degree project, won out against record numbers of entries this year and judges paid tribute to the exceptional quality of this year’s work.

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Recognition of Distinguished Careers for Materials Alumni
July 2013

Materials Alumni Awards

The Department of Materials celebrated the career achievements of four former students by awarding them each with a Distinguished Alumni Award. At a recent ceremony Dr Clive Copsey and Professor Arthur G Gibson came back to the department to meet everybody and were presented with their awards by Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Allison.

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International Conference Prize for Loughborough Materials Student
July 2013

Saranya Venugopal wins Speaking prize at international ceramics conference

Saranya Venugopal a PhD student in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University has won the Student Speaking competition at the 13th International Conference of the European Ceramic Society. Saranya, who was the UK's representative, beat off a field of 22 students, from 22 different countries to win the event which ran from the 23rd to 27th June in Limoges, France.

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Singapore Materials Alumni Reunion & Distinguished Alumni Award
June 2013

Singapore Materials Alumni Event 2013

The Department of Materials hosted a special alumni evening with buffet at the Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore on May 31st. The event celebrated the achievements of the Department and its alumni and allowed old friends and academic staff to catch up. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr Jianhong Zhao for contributions and leadership in his field.

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LMCC Wins Enerprise Award for Consultancy
April 2013

Enterprise Award Winners

The Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC) has won the 2013 University Enterprise award for Consultancy.
Based in the department of Materials the centre is a specialist facility offering a wide range of analytical techniques, some of which have capabilities unique within the UK.

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The story of the tin can
April 2013

Dr Mark Jepson Demonstrates how the first tin cans were made

The BBC have published an article in their online News Magazine charting the history of the tin can from its origins to today's multinational multi-billion pound business. Helping to bring the article to life is Dr Mark Jepson from the Department of Materials, who demonstrates how the first tin cans were made.

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EMMS Local Society of the Year
April 2013

EMMS Best local society of the year 2013

The East Midlands Materials Society (EMMS) has been awarded the prestigious Local Society of the Year Award 2013 prize by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

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Major EPSRC Grant to Develop Materials for Extreme Environments
January 2013

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Loughborough University is to lead a 5 year, £4.2M research project aimed at developing new materials for extreme environments. Working with Imperial College and Queen Mary, the team will develop the required understanding of how processing, microstructures and properties of materials systems operating in extreme environments interact, so materials with the required performance can be developed.

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School Dean is new IOM3 President
January 2013

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Professor Jon Binner, the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, has become the latest President of the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

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Materials Winners of A M Strickland Prize
December 2012

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Dr David Hitt and Mr Barry Haworth from the Department of Materials, together with Dr Neil Hopkinson, formerly of the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, have won the Institute of Mechanical Engineers' A M Strickland Prize.

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Materials Student in National Final
November 2012

Materials Student Tom Casselden

Final year MEng Design with Engineering Materials student, Tom Casselden has won through to the national finals of the Innovation Hothouse competition, with his highly praised design for modular skis

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Dr Simon Martin Helps to "Reinvent the Toilet"
August 2012

Dr Simon Martin Helps to "Reinvent the Toilet"

Dr Simon Martin, from the Department of Materials pictured with the Loughborough University entry that has won second prize in the international "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" organised by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Simon was part of a multidisciplinary team featuring academics from five departments, Simon contributed to the Materials science aspects of the project e.g. nanocoatings.

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Materials students win Engineering YES event
June 2012

Engineering YES winners

A team from the Department of Materials have won the overall winners prize at the 2012 nationwide Engineering Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES) finals. The team, called "Innovink", comprised 3 research students and 2 postdocs, from the Advanced Ceramics Research Group. Their project developed and commercialised a novel nanozirconia electrolyte ink for manufacturing affordable solid oxide fuel cells.

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Dr Dick Heath wins BEST Award
May 2012

Dr Dick Heath receives his Best Award for inspirational lecturer

Dr Dick Heath, Senior Lecturer in Polymer Science and Technology, in the Department of Materials, is this year's winner of the BEST inspirational lecturer award. Ten awards were made at the ceremony held at the Student Union, for exceptional service and contribution to campus sustainability, environmental awareness and environmental leadership.

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First year Materials students enjoy industrial visits
February 2012

Materials Students visit Tata Steel

This year we had two different industrial visits for our first year students. Materials Engineering Students went to see the Tata Steel plant at Rotherham and the Automotive Materials and Design with Engineering Materials students went to see the Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich.

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Opening of new Advanced Friction Materials Laboratory
January 2012

Test vehicles fittes with carbon ceramic brake discs

Collaborators from industry, Materials researchers and invited guests attended the formal opening of the Department's new Advanced Friction Materials research laboratory. The team led by Dr Houzheng Wu specialise in the development and testing of Advanced friction materials, including carbon ceramic composites which can offer significant savings in weight and reduce the stopping distance.

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Materials student wins graduate school prize
December 2011

Kangsheng Liu winner of 2011 graduate school prize

Materials PhD student Kangsheng Liu has won the 2011 graduate school prize for outstanding all round achievement which recognised his extensive fundraising activity for charity as well as his academic results. Having successfully completed his MSc in Polymer Technology Kansheng, who is known to his friends in the UK as Alex, is now undertaking research for his PhD.

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Professor Jon Binner wins Verulam Medal
October 2011

Professor Jon Binner winner of the Verulam Medal

Professor Jon Binner is this year's winner of the Verulam Medal, awarded for distinguished contributions to refractories or other types of ceramic materials. This tops off a very busy year for Jon who has also become Dean of the new school of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, which came into effect in August 2011.

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Materials graduate commissioned into the Royal Engineers
August 2011

Materials Graduate James Eadie passing out from Sandhurst

Materials graduate James Eadie was one of 25 Loughborough University graduates taking part in the Sovereign’s Parade, to mark their passing out. James has been commissioned into the Royal Engineers as a second Lieutenant.

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Materials cricket team 2011 campaign
August 2011

Materials cricket team

Once again the all conquering Materials cricket team took to the field for this years interdepartmental competition. The team who won the competition last year (2010) had high hopes for a repeat performance, but despite some strong performances they were beaten in this year's semi-final by Wolfson, Electrical & Computer science.

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Highly successful Materials Research Day 2011
August 2011

Materials research day prizewinners 2011

Highlight of the year for Loughborough University Materials Department researchers is the annual Research Day, held this year on Wednesday 20th July. The event showcases all research student projects to the Industrial Companies with whom they associate and those who sponsor their research.

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Medal award for excellence in Surface Engineering
August 2011

Dr Gary Chritchlow

Dr Gary Critchlow has been awarded the Canning Bi-Centenary Medal, by the Institute of Metal Finishing, for his paper “Hot and cold cleaning methods: CO2 and Nd:YAG laser ablation, sodium hydride immersion and CO2 cryoblasting”.

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Materials Student Wins Graduate School Prize
December 2010

Yang Liu winner of the 2010 graduate school prize

Yang Liu, who is better known in the department as ‘Troy’, has won the Graduate School Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding student for a mix of both academic and non-academic achievement.

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Glory of India Award for Dr. Bala Vaidhyanthan
October 2010

Glory of India award winner Dr Bala Vaidhyanathan

The India International Friendship Society has selected Dr. Bala Vaidhyanathan of the Department of Materials, Loughborough University, for their most prestigious Glory of India Award & Certificate of Excellence.

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