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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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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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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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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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Spotlight On: Callista

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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. Callista is a purpose built Research Vessel offering a unique capability for operations along the south coast for teaching and research as well as a platform for marine enterprise and industry. She is also used in the Discover Oceanography outreach programme which offers the opportunity to experience a hands-on introduction to marine science for groups of all ages. She is is a 20m catamaran equipped with a 4 tonne A-frame,...
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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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Queen Mary University of London Joins SES

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One of London’s largest institutions and a leader in scientific research, Queen Mary University of London joins SES in early 2017, joining other consortia members including King’s College London, The University of Southampton, University College London, The University of Oxford, and Imperial College London. Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, has recently joined the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES). Part of the Russell International Excellence Group (of which all SES institutions are members), QMUL brings to SES a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. A major centre for medical teaching and...
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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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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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