Guest Post: ISIS – access the atomic-scale

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Beamtime and Batteries at a World-leading Neutron and Muon source Rebecca Shutt PhD researcher, Advanced Characterisation of Materials Centre for Doctoral Training, UCL and Imperial College London My first interaction with the UK neutron and muon source, ISIS, was to apply for beamtime in November last year (2018).  The experiment: to probe structural changes within battery electrodes whilst they are being cycled, i.e. to watch layers of graphene in disordered carbons “breathe” in response to in situ charging and discharging. I am at the very beginning of my PhD, so when I was granted beamtime my first reaction was to...
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SES universities receive a boost to tackle major research and societal challenges

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75 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK are set to receive over £800 million in support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and industry partners; part of an increased research and development investment to boost the UK economy and deliver scientific excellence. 24 CDTs led by SES universities will soon benefit from UKRI’s funding of £446 million across 75 centres that will develop skills, bring innovation, and build better lives for UK citizens. The investment has been furthered by £386 million (committed through either cash or in-kind support) from 1,400 Industry partners.  In total, over 1/3 of the...
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The Green Dream Team

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How efficient labs could progress sustainability and excellence in research An exciting new tool is currently being piloted across the UK in an endeavour to standardise best practice across research efficiency, sustainability and quality. The countless benefits and developments in scientific research are widely known and recognised by society, from better drugs to safer materials and faster technology. However, there’s a rarely reported on ‘dark side’ to science where the materials and energy cost to deliver excellent research, both financially and environmentally, are piling up.  With over 2/3 [1] of total university energy usage consumed by laboratory buildings, it’s no surprise that...
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£14 million Helps UK Catalysis Hub React to Key Scientific Challenges

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A new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub (launched in 2013) that will support a nationwide research programme was announced yesterday by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Centred at the Research Complex at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Hub will co-ordinate a collaborative research program across the UK. The Hub's collaborating partners include SES members the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and Imperial College London. The University of Bath, Cardiff University, and The University of Manchester will lead three of the Hub's themes, with 25 universities directly involved in projects...
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When Cars Get Smart

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Keep a steady speed. Anticipate what’s ahead. Where possible, coast to slow down. When accelerating, do it gently. Driving tips like these don’t just reduce your fuel usage and save you money – they also cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change. It’s win-win. But is boosting fuel efficiency on our roads simply a question of us becoming more ‘savvy’ when we’re behind the wheel, or do cars need to get smarter too? In fact, both have a big role to play. That’s the starting point for G-Active, a collaboration between SES members the University of Southampton and Imperial...
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Boosting Blood Flow

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How Machine Learning is helping researchers develop medical implants We talk to Dr. Peter Vincent about the various applications of computational fluid dynamics and machine learning in medicine and treatment – from Diabetes to Cardiovascular Disease. Visit The Times website for the article mentioned in this video: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/implant-may-offer-kidney-patients-easier-dialysis-jbk6cg0tq  

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Spotlight On: Facility for Imaging by Light Microscopy

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Facility for Imaging by Light Microscopy (FILM) at Imperial College London uses the latest equipment in light microscopy to observe living cells, tissues or materials. The facility provides access to state-of-the-art microscopy equipment and all training and assistance required for the whole range of light microscopy, from basic observations with transmitted light to multi-photon fluorescence and super-resolution microscopy. In addition to microscopy equipment, the facility also provide access to software and expertise in image...
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Spotlight On: Cross Faculty NMR Centre

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Cross Faculty NMR Centre (CFNMR Centre) was opened in 2006 to provide ultra-high field NMR instruments to researchers across the faculties of natural sciences and medicine. Now it hosts one Bruker 800 MHz NMR spectrometer, equipped with 1H/13C/15N/2H cryoprobe and a cooling sampleJet, one Bruker 600 MHz NMR spectrometer with cryoprobe, and another Bruker 600 MHz NMR dedicated for biosolids studies. NMR is used to characterise the structure...
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MMM Hub and JADE debuted at EPSRC Tier 2 Launch

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New HPC Centres JADE and the MMM Hub were revealed last week at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) High Performance Computing (HPC) Launch Event at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.  EPSRC has funded the SES member-led consortia with £7 million in a bid to develop two new HPC machines in Machine Learning and Materials and Molecular Modelling (respectively). About the event Prof. Simon Cox and Dr. Andy Richards at the T2HPC launch event The event provided a unique overview of the six new Tier 2 centres (based at UCL, The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh,...
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Reassessing Asthma: Biomarkers, Business and Big Data

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Affecting millions and costing billions worldwide every year, asthma needs to be better understood to enable better treatment and management of this frequently distressing, sometimes fatal family of respiratory diseases. With SES members Southampton University and Imperial College London at the heart of its conception and execution, the multi-million-Euro U-BIOPRED project – the world’s biggest collaboration in severe asthma – is driving discoveries that will improve targeting of drugs and equip pharma businesses to develop potentially game-changing new ones. Above all, in pinpointing key ‘biomarkers’ – molecules revealing the precise type of asthma present in patients – U-BIOPRED has produced...
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