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Faculty lecture - Graphene: Magic of Flat Carbon

The third faculty lecture of 2009/10 will take place on Friday 11 June, 1400-1530, Lecture Theatre 4, Management School Building.

Andre Geim's lecture will outline his work on graphene, concentrating on its fascinating electronic and optical properties, with speculation about future applications for this new material.

Professor Geim is well known for his discovery of two-dimensional crystals, particularly graphene. He is the Langworthy Professor of Physics, Royal Society (2010 Anniversary) Research Professor, and Director of The Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Manchester.

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Next week's faculty forum postponed

Next week's faculty forum which was scheduled for Wednesday 19 May at 2pm has been postponed due to the absence of Associate Deans on university business. A new date will be issued shortly.

Grand Challenges in Physics: your suggestions

What do you think are the Grand Challenges in Physics over the next 20-40 years?

Peter McClintock, who is part of an EPSRC advisory group to identify such Grand Challenges, would like the views of colleagues whose work falls within the EPSRC's remit.

As examples, the areas identified during similar exercises a few years ago in the USA were:

Please get in touch with Peter if you would like to contribute to the discussion.

Funding roundup

Engineering grant success

Colin Boxall has been awarded £276,000 by EPSRC for a 3 year project called "MBASE - The Molecular Basis of Advanced Nuclear Fuel Separations". MBASE is a £1.3 million collaboration between Lancaster, Manchester, Imperial and Reading.

He has also been awarded £82,000 for a 4 year studentship from the EPSRC Nuclear Engineering Doctorate Centre (project title: "Mechanistic Approaches to the Modelling of Advanced Solvent Extraction Systems", a collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory) and an NWDA innovation voucher to work with Nanoflex Ltd on the applications of graphene in electrochemical sensor systems.

In collaboration with Malcolm Joyce, Jackie Pates (LEC) and Hybrid Instruments, he has also been awarded £74,000 from NERC to fund a PhD studentship entitled "NANODOT - Nanostructured Beta Detectors for the Detection of Tritium".

Malcolm Joyce, in collaboration with Colin Boxall, has been awarded £89,152 by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to fund a studentship to work on "The Nuclear Elastoplast".

Malcolm Joyce has also been successful in winning a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with local Engineering business REACT Engineering Ltd. This award follows a number of significant research activities and related collaborations with REACT Engineering, a leading engineering consultancy in the nuclear sector specialising in nuclear decommissioning.

Malcolm Joyce has also won a joint research grant from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Office of Nuclear Development (OND) entitled 'Nuclear Lessons Learned'. This project seeks to identify and collate the key technical and engineering lessons learned from the past construction of civil nuclear power plants.

Your Grant News

Send details of successful grants to Katherine Gill with a two-sentence summary to go in the Bulletin as well as information about the funder, amount awarded, title and a link to provide further details if appropriate.

SciTech brand and identity project staff winners announced

Helen Quirk (Biological Sciences, LEC), Paul Coulton (Communications Systems) and Kanchan Mukherjee (Maths. and Stats.) are the winners of the prize draw for the SciTech brand and identity project. Each will receive £50.

We would like to thank all staff who took time to complete the project’s questionnaire. The SciTech brand and identity project aims to collect perceptions of SciTech’s staff and students in order to create a communications strategy that reflects the personality and distinctiveness of Science and Technology at Lancaster.

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