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Spotlight On: Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) 3D X-Ray Microscope

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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 ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra is a 3D X-Ray microscope, which can achieve the highest spatial resolution achievable in a lab-based X-ray microscope (<100 nm in 3D) and the unique possibility of employing absorption and Zernike phase contrast imaging to characterise the widest range of samples. The nano computed tomography (CT) instrument can be used to investigate the internal structure of a wide range of materials in a non-destructive...
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Modelling ‘Magic’: the Search for Nanocatalysts

By | Advanced materials, Energy and climate change, Just Added | No Comments
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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Spotlight On: Helium Ion Microscope (HIM)

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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 HIM is a new type of microscope that uses helium ions for surface imaging and analysis. Its functionality is similar to a scanning electron microscope (SEM), but it uses a focused beam of helium ions instead of electrons. By comparison with state-of-the-art SEM, the HIM gives: higher resolution images from the 0.5 nm helium beam diameter better material contrast without the need for metal coating, even for biological...
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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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Fresh Thought on Forensic Science

By | Cities and supporting life, Just Added | One Comment
From enabling the dramatic arrest of Dr Crippen in 1910 to the quest to bring the killers of teenager Stephen Lawrence to justice, science has long established itself in the frontline of the fight against crime. But could it achieve even more? Under the energetic directorship of Dr Ruth Morgan, the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences is rethinking how evidence is collected, analysed, interpreted and presented, while challenging assumptions that shape the search for the truth. Rooted in cutting-edge research and a unique teaching programme, the Centre harnesses skills from across UCL, collaborates with SES members and other universities,...
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Life Out There with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko

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Is there life out there? If so, what does that mean for us? Can they see us?  Timothy Metcalf (SES Consortium Manager) sits down with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko (Senior Lecturer, UCL Physics and Astronomy) to talk about his research into Exoplanets as part of the Exomol group. Using SES HPC machine Emerald, Dr. Yurchenko and his team of scientists analyse large quantities of space data from telescopes such as Hubble to help determine where we may be able to find inhabitable planets in outer space. To find out more about Prof. Yurchenko’s work, read the case study and stay tuned…

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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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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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A Safe Haven for Data

By | Innovation and infrastructure, Just Added, The Data Revolution | No Comments
In today’s high-powered, hyper-connected world, the vast potential to use data to generate insight and understanding is matched only by the need to keep it safe and secure. The first facility of its kind at a European university, the £1M Jill Dando Institute Research Laboratory (JDIRL) at UCL combines state-of-the-art storage for sensitive datasets with the ability to use them to shed light on anything from consumer behaviour to crime patterns. With rigorous protocols and processes ensuring both digital and physical security, this unique facility offers exciting possibilities in research, enabling academic, commercial and public sector organisations to transform hard...
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HPC: An Astronomical Discovery

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Why do researchers need to use high performance computing (HPC)? What for? How can it assist their research? In the follow up to EPSRC’s awarding £12 million to help fund new HPC centres across SES institutions, we take a look at one project that has significantly benefited from GPU computing. Timothy Metcalf (SES Consortium Manager) sits down with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko (Senior Lecturer, UCL Physics and Astronomy) to talk about his research into Exoplanets as part of the Exomol group. Using SES HPC machine Emerald, Dr. Yurchenko and his team of scientists analyse large quantities of space data from telescopes…

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