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3rd year Masters student William Cartwright awarded summer studentship by the Royal Microscopial Society for work on synthetic extracellular vesicles

William Cartwright is a 3rd year Masters student in Physics at the University of Durham. William will be using a novel atomic force microscopy measurement tool to investigate the effect of curvature on the mechanical properties of synthetic extracellular vesicles, a promising tool for nanomedicine. For this work, William applied for and was subsequently awarded one of only two summer studentships available to budding physical scientists in the UK by the Royal Microscopical Society.

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Nuffield Summer Student Chantal Goulder wins National Science Prize at Big Bang Fair in Birmingham

Image of Chantal Goulder collecting her prize

Budding scientist Chantal Goulder has a bright future after winning a national science prize.

Chantal, a student of Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington won one of the UK Senior Science awards at the National Big Bang Fair, held in Birmingham, earlier this year.

Chantal undertook a Nuffield placement in the Physics Department at Durham University during Summer 2016 under the supervision of Dr Marc Etherington in the Organic Electroactive Materials (OEM) group.

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Fully funded doctoral studentships to be made available in new Centre for Doctoral Training

We are pleased to announce the availability of up to 11 fully-funded four year doctoral studentships, as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science supported by STFC through the Industrial Strategy Talent Fund. The CDT is built around the research programmes of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) and also the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) and the Center for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI). The studentships include a six month secondment with one of our industrial partners. 

 


Durham to lead research programme in quantum science

Professor Simon Cornish has been awarded a five-year EPSRC Programme Grant to head a consortium of researchers exploring “Quantum Science with Ultracold Molecules”. The research vision for the programme is to achieve full quantum control of cold and ultracold molecules in order to advance the science of complex quantum systems and underpin new quantum technologies. The work builds upon a long-standing collaboration between Prof. Cornish and Prof. Jeremy Hutson in the Department of Chemistry, which has established Durham as a world-leading research centre in the field of ultracold molecules – see for example Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 255301 (2014). The other members of the consortium are Prof. Jeremy Hutson (Durham University), Prof. Dieter Jaksch (Oxford University), and Prof. Ed Hinds, Dr. Mike Tarbutt and Dr. Ben Sauer (all Imperial College London). In addition, the programme is fortunate to include two prominent visiting researchers from the USA, Prof. Lincoln Carr (Colorado School of Mines) and Prof. Paul Julienne (Joint Quantum Institute, NIST and the University of Maryland) – both experts in the theory of ultracold molecules.


Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies

Effects of UV radiation on galaxy formation

Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos.

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Level 3 Poster Prize winners 2017 receive their awards

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Materials that emit rainbows

Mechanochromic luminescent (MCL) materials change their color in response to a change in their environment, like pressure and temperature. To date, most MCL materials only change between two colors, limiting their applications. The international research team comprising of chemists at Osaka University and physicists at Durham University has developed tricolor-changing MLC materials. Not only that, the developed materials exhibited efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) and allowed high performance organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) devices. The findings can be read about in Chemical Science.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-02-materials-emit-rainbows.html#jCp


British Cryogenics Council awards major prize to Dr Mark Raine

Just before Christmas, Dr Mark J. Raine (a Research Fellow in the Department of Physics) was awarded the 2017 Harry Jones Prize by the British Cryogenics Council (BCC) for his PhD thesis work entitled: ‘High Field Superconductors for Fusion Energy Applications’. 

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Hunting hidden supermassive black holes

Monster black holes sometimes play a cosmic game of hide and seek, shrouding themselves from view behind giant clouds of gas and dust, according to new research.

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Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

Professor Carlos Frenk has been awarded the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize of the IOP and the German Physical Society, which is given for outstanding contributions to physics. Frenk, who is director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham, receives the award for his work on cold dark matter, being one of the originators of the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) theory for the origin of galaxies and other cosmic structures.


ALMA discovers dew drops surrounding dusty spider’s web

Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them.

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Celebration of local school physicists

Thirty-six outstanding young physicists from the North East will be rewarded for their dedication and enthusiasm for physics at Durham University’s fourth Ogden Schools’ Physicist of the Year event on Tuesday 21st June.

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CDT Student Francis Ridgeon wins regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition

CDT student Francis Ridgeon won the Institute of Physics, North East regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition.

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