QMUL-UCL London Energy Materials & Devices Hub Symposium

Last Friday, 13th October 2017, at QMUL we held the First Symposium of the QMUL-UCL London Energy Materials & Devices. I would like to thank you all for participating. The quality of the talks was outstanding and highlighted the excellent contribution to the field of materials for energy devices our research groups are making. Next Symposium will be organised at UCL, and hopefully we will witness numerous presentations fruit of joint collaborative research between both institutions.

Welcome to Szymon Doszczeczko

Welcome Syzmon! Szymon has just started his PhD in our group. We are very happy he has joined us and very soon he will be hands-on in the lab doing great science. His PhD is part of the EPSRC First Grant EP/P031323/1 Bi-ECAT: Bifunctional Hybrid Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution and Reduction Reactions. Learn more about him and his project here.

EPSRC First Grant

Dr A. Belen Jorge has been awarded with the prestigious EPSRC First Grant, starting in September 2017. Her proposal to develop new bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts was ranked first by the panel met the 25th April 2017. This is fantastic news! A new PhD student starting in October will design new composites combining N-doped C and transition metal oxide perovskites. In situ Raman-Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy studies will be conducted in collaboration with LISE, Universite de Pierre et Marie Curie (Sorbonne, Paris), and stability tests and scale-up strategies are envisaged with our industry partners, ITM-Power and PV3 Technologies Ltd. With our other academic partner, UCL, specifically, the Electrochemical Innovation Lab, led by Prof. Dan Brett and Dr. Paul Shearing, we will looking into 3D-connectivity of the components (N-doped C and perovskites), but also porosity and degradation tests.


MRI Spring Symposium

The MRI Spring Symposium was held on 31 May 2017 and featured excellent talks and posters from PhD students from the Materials Research Institute as well as an invited talk from Professor James Durrant FRS from Imperial College London. The Best Poster Prize of £100, kindly sponsored by Specac, was awarded to Alex Cresswell-Boyes from SMD for his poster on “Approaches to 3D printing of teeth from X-ray microtomography”. The Best Talk Prize of £150, kindly sponsored by Shimadzu, was awarded to Ying Liu from SPA for her talk on “Structure and electronic properties of CdSe magic size cluster”, while Suzan Aksakal from SEMS was awarded the runner-up prize of £50 also sponsored by Shimadzu for her talk on “Expanding the scope of thioacrylate monomers”.

Visit to Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) in Xi’an, China

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido and Prof Magda Titirici visited the NPU facilities, in Xi’an (10th to 19th April) to foster collaborations in the field of energy materials. QMUL and NPU have recently launched a Joint Educational Institute (JEI) tocreate a broad partnership in providing transnational university education in the field of Engineering Materials: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/177906.html

The JEI will in the first instance recruit students to two undergraduate programmes, BEng Polymer Materials Science and Engineering as well as BEng Materials Science and Engineering, from September 2017. More information about the programmes can be found here.

Below some pictures of Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido during her visit to a high school in Xi’an where she presented the JEI to the students.

Day out in Seven Sisters Cliffs

On the 12th May 2017, Friday Magda Titirici’s and Ana Belen Jorge’s groups went together to Eastbourne, and hiked for over 18 km the Seven Sisters Cliffs. We were exhausted in the end, but it was good fun! And good exercise, too! We ended the journey with a great fish meal near Brighton pier. Below some pictures!