New paper in Soft Matter

Congratulations to Kieran whose work on light-responsive Pickering (particle-stabilised) emulsions has been published in Soft Matter. We identify a series of design rules to enable the preparation of light-responsive Pickering emulsions. Using a model system based on silica particles functionalised with a photoresponsive azobenzene chromophore, we demonstrated that reversible emulsification/demulsification can be achieved through the application of light.

Bea Jones wins poster prize

Congratulations to Bea Jones who was awarded a poster prize at the RSC/SCI Rideal Symposium this month. Bea is a second year PhD student in the group working on light-responsive colloids, jointly funded by EPSRC and Diamond Light Source (DLS). Bea is currently based at DLS where she is commissioning an in-situ irradiation chamber for the B21 beam line for small-angle scattering. Well done Bea!

PAM group wins University’s Lab-based Sustainability Award

The PAM group have won one of the university’s first LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework) awards.

LEAF is a new tool developed by researchers at University College London to help improve the carbon footprint of lab-based research. The PAM group’s efforts have been led by Dr Bethan Charles and we have been hard at work over the past few months to implement energy-saving ideas, such as replacing our wasteful oil baths with aluminium heating blocks. We won a Bronze LEAF award for our efforts, and we’re currently working towards Silver.

Abi Collins wins Silver Medal at STEM4BRITAIN

Huge congratulations to 3rd year PhD student Abi Collins (2nd from left) who won a silver medal for her poster presentation at this year’s STEM for Britain event, which took place at the Houses of Parliament on March 7th 2022.

Abi presented a poster and video of her PhD research into the design of novel of solid-state upconverters for solar energy harvesting to a diverse audience which included Members of Parliament, civil servants and eminent scientists. This research is kindly funded by the European Research Council (SPECTRACON).

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Welcome Kathryn and Jonathan

We’re delighted to welcome visitors to the group. Kathryn Benincasa is a PhD student from McMaster Uni who has a @MitacsCanada globalink research award to support her 3-month stay to work on our collaborative @EPSRC NEW Horizons project with Prof. Kalai Saravannamuttu
Jonathan Hoare joins the group for his MPhil in Energy Technology research project on 3D printed LSCs. Jonathan was a Part II student in 2021 before moving to engineering for his MPhil. Welcome both – we hope you enjoy your visit!

McBain Medal 2022 awarded to Rachel Evans

Our warmest congratulations to Rachel on her recent award of this year’s McBain Medal for her contribution to colloid and interface science, focussed on the design of photoresponsive soft materials for energy and sustainability technologies.

The McBain Medal is an annual award made by the Society of Chemical Industry to honour an early career researcher or technologist, who has made a meritorious contribution to colloid and interface science within 15 years after completion of postgraduate study. Her achievements will be celebrated at a one-day symposium in late 2022 or early 2023.