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Trailblazing Training Adds to Chemistry’s Attraction

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When designing new molecules for pharmaceutical and other uses, the key is to combine the right elements in the right way. The same is true of the training vital to nurturing the skills needed to make it happen.     A perfect example has seen Southampton University join forces with Oxford and Bristol to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) integrating two vital aspects of chemistry in a powerful new way. With strong links to industry ensuring its work feeds into the real economy, the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS) CDT is producing tomorrow’s research leaders and equipping...
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Making the Structure of Materials Crystal Clear

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Exposing the deepest, most revealing secrets of materials’ structure is all part of a day’s work at the UK National Crystallography Service (NCS), based at the University of Southampton. By firing X-ray beams at crystals often just one-hundredth the size of a salt grain and then measuring the radiation’s diffraction pattern, Professor Simon Coles and his team generate important insights into materials and their properties – facilitating development of, for example, new drugs and novel energy storage technologies. This cutting-edge service provides UK academia and industry with easy access to world-class crystallography skills and facilities, opening the door to discovery...
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Modelling ‘Magic’: the Search for Nanocatalysts

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The drive to design new materials with surprising capabilities is a fast-moving frontier of research – and computers are well-established as a crucial tool in accelerating progress. The TOUCAN collaboration, including SES members King’s College London, the University of Oxford and University College London, has shown how modelling & simulation can aid the design of nanoscale catalysts capable of speeding up key chemical reactions used in a range of industrial processes. Harnessing the skills of researchers such as Dr Francesca Baletto of King’s, TOUCAN has taken the first steps on a journey that could see industry develop remarkable new catalysts...
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Material Progress – and How to Achieve It

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In every sense, we live in a material world and the drive to develop smarter, lighter, more versatile and resilient materials shows no sign of decelerating. Whether designed to withstand brutal operating environments, save energy or bring life-saving medical advances within reach, there’s a constant thirst for the next generation of game-changers – and the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery (IMD) is delivering the innovation, imagination and inspiration needed to succeed. Under its Director, Professor Kwang-Leong Choy, and with a growing network of collaborators – including other SES members plus partners worldwide – the IMD is already an established institute...
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Innovative Doctoral Training Comes To Light

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The science of light is the focus of a joint UCL-Cambridge University centre turning today’s PhD students into tomorrow’s industry innovators – and equipping them to propel a vital growth sector forward into a future full of possibilities. Combining dynamism and invention with opportunities hugely enriched by its cross-institutional nature, the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES) has created an open, ‘can do’ research community that, through its leading-edge work, is helping to transform the way we live, work, play and communicate. Strengthened by extensive ties with industry and business, the Centre’s success in...
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Bringing HPC Alive

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Last Thursday 21st April, Oxford Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and SES hosted the annual ARC High Performance Computing Showcase at Oxford E-research Centre to feature some of the largest research projects utilising HPC in Oxford. With speakers from The University of Oxford, Swansea University, Lenovo, and Jacobs University, Bremen, the event showcased how researchers are tacking scientific challenges using HPC. Dr. Ben Evans (Swansea University) reprised last year's visit from Bloodhound SCC, updating guests on the design of their 1,000mph car and explaining how CFD has been essential to understanding phenomena in the accelerating stage of the vehicle (see simulation below). This information...
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Dr. Peter Vincent – Computational Fluid Dynamics for Industry and Manufacturing. Part Three

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab. Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses applications of CFS and his research in various sectors, as well as his collaborations with key businesses and industry members, translating academic research into commercially viable products and resources. To find out more about his research, please read the case study. Don't forget to watch part two.
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Why Use High Performance Computing with Dr. Vincent

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab (www.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/research/vincentlab/). Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses here the use of HPC in his research and why Emerald (an SES machine) has been a unique and necessary facility. If you missed part one, catch it here, and stay tuned for part three!

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Collaboration Casts New Light On Quantum Dots

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Tiny specks or ‘quantum dots’ of gallium nitride (GaN) – described as the most significant semiconductor material since silicon – could deliver a dramatic leap forward in data processing speeds and data security, thanks to ground-breaking work at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. As part of a close and fruitful collaboration dating back to 2003, Dr Rachel Oliver, Reader in Materials Science at Cambridge, and Robert Taylor, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Oxford, are leading research to help release these dots’ remarkable potential and answer crucial questions about their characteristics and capabilities. This dovetailing of complementary expertise spanning two SES Consortium...
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From biodiesel to detergents

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At the University of Oxford, Nathalie Willems is using the Emerald supercomputer in research that could bring about major benefits in a number of industrial areas, leading to processes that are not only more efficient and cost effective but also better for the environment. Background Lipases perform a vital role in living organisms, breaking down large molecules of fat, for example, in the human digestive system. Lipase enzymes are used in countless industrial processes, ranging from paper to biodiesel production. They are used in detergents and to improve the quality of drug manufacturing. Lipases are proteins that act as biological...
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