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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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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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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Spotlight On: UV-Vis Spectrometer

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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. A unique set up, this UV Vis accessory at The University of Oxford is used to carry out diffuse reflective UV-Vis measurement of powder samples. The accessory is fitted with a cell that can be used under vacuum or with hydrogen, inert or other non-corrosive gases and is temperature controlled from -150 to +500 °C. The instrument can be used in fixed wavelength or wavelength scanning modes (Wavelength range...
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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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Spotlight On: Nanosight

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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. Nanosight is based on a technology called ‘nanoparticle tracking analysis’ (NTA) where a camera tracks the Brownian motion of each individual nanoparticle of interest in a flow cell. By using the Stokes-Einstein equation and based on the recorded nanoparticle tracks, the software then calculates the hydrodynamic diameter of each detected nanoparticle. These data, in turn, are used to plot the particle population distribution histogram which can be used to...
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The Data Dialogue: When Research Crosses Borders

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In an increasingly globalised world, research is reaching beyond geographical borders, raising questions on the methods, laws, and possibilities in moving or sharing data internationally. As the volume and type of data we create becomes more varied, sensitive, and complex, we need to ask: what are our own responsibilities as professional researchers collecting data overseas? Who is ultimately accountable for data produced with foreign partners? What happens when national laws and policy differ dramatically? May strategies be usefully shared within or across disciplines? The second part of The Data Dialogue - When Research Crosses Borders -  provided Early Career Researchers from...
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Guest Post: Global Data from A Public Health Perspective

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Arnaud Koehl is a PhD researcher based at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. He is interested in finding comprehensive and sustainable pathways for open systems such as transport matrices, energy markets, cities and material flow. His research is about the health and economic co-benefits of interventions to reduce transport related GHG emissions in populous middle income countries. I represent the typical early career researcher focussing on several outer world issues from his London-based office. Even though I’m using modelling as a primary method, I always feel the need to get a more accurate vision of what...
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£12 Million Awarded to SES Institutions to Deliver University HPC

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Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) and the wider UK research community will soon benefit from an influx of funding to support scientific work on computational systems, crucial to the development of the UK economy and with high impact in areas such as the environment, technology, and health. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council (EPSRC) has awarded £12 million to SES institutions towards developing university Tier 2, High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities with a diversity of architectures that are designed to provide a boost to research and innovation and fill a gap where computational needs have...
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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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