Oct 15, 2019
Self-propelled agents in a tortuous domain
An agent is appointed to be the leader and guides the group along a prescribed path. Individuals experiencing the presence of the surrounding fluid (white dots) exhibits more cohesion than the hydrodynamic-free ones (blue), with the group fragmentation being delayed.
Jun 5, 2019
Shining a Spotlight on Solar PV Podcast
A team of scientists at The University of Manchester has solved a key flaw in solar panels after 40 years of research around the world. Solar panels are among the most available system of generating energy through renewable sources due to their relative cost and consumer availability. However, the majority of solar cells only achieve 20% efficiency – for every kW of equivalent sunlight, about 200W of electrical power can be generated. Now an international team of researchers have resolved a key fundamental issue of material defect which limits and degrades solar cell efficiency. The problem has been known about and studied for over 40 years, with over 270 research papers attributed to the issue with no solution. The new research shows the first observation of a previously unknown material defect which limits silicon solar cell efficiency. Vicky Taylor-Plane interviews Tony Peaker, Matthew Halsall and Iain Crowe in this podcast to find out more. • Research paper: Identification of the mechanism responsible for the boron oxygen light induced degradation in silicon photovoltaic cells by Michelle Vaqueiro-Contreras, Vladimir P. Markevich, José Coutinho, Paulo Santos, Iain F. Crowe, Matthew P. Halsall, Ian Hawkins, Stanislau B. Lastovskii, Leonid I. Murin, Anthony R. Peaker, published in the Journal of Applied Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.5091759
Mar 7, 2019
MECD - Manchester Engineering Campus Development
Discover The University of Manchester’s new engineering campus. Learn about the facilities, spaces and community that is being built to provide an outstanding learning and student experience for engineering and material science student and researchers.
Mar 6, 2019
We are extremely fortunate to have Prof. Rashid Sunyaev (Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching) visit us to give this years Bragg Lecture in Physics. Prof. Sunyaev is one of the fathers of modern cosmology and his work has inspired generations of cosmologists and astrophysicists. He will talk to us about “X-ray and Microwave Cosmology: Synergy and Competition” highlighting some of the exciting future investigations of clusters of galaxies with X-ray measurements and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect
Dec 20, 2018
Dr. Clair Gough on Biomass Energy with CCS: unlocking negative emissions
In this seminar, Clair Gough (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester) draws on recent and on-going work from across the Tyndall Centre to consider the critical challenges and assumptions for the potential for biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to unlock negative emissions.
Sep 11, 2018
Chris Priest on Digital Technology, saint or sinner?
Chris Priest from the University of Bristol delivered at talk at The University of Manchester on the pros and cons of our digital society. Digital technology contributes a substantial amount of hazardous waste that affects our environment but it is also helping us to transition to a low carbon society.
Sep 10, 2018
Energy research beacon - film for industry partners and collaborators
As part of the research beacons communications and marketing campaign, this fast-paced film has been produced to highlight the depth and breadth of energy research carried out across The University of Manchester. Primarily targeted at an industry audience, the film showcases some of our areas of world-class expertise where we're working with partners and collaborators to help improve the planet and the lives of those who live on it through future-focused energy and environment R&D. A snapshot of our key facilities, which enable our researchers and collaborators to deliver their innovative research, also feature in the film. We want those who view this to want to be part of this too and get in touch with us - from innovative SMEs through to large, established multinationals.
Apr 25, 2018
Embedded systems project race day
Second year project... which ends with our ROBOT RACE DAY! This project integrates two important aspects of modern electronics, namely computer engineering and software engineering. During the second year students work in a team to produce a robot design that will follow a white line, climb a ramp and stop at the end - in the fastest time possible. The challenge starts at the begining of Year 2 and builds up to the race day at the end of term. You will use a microcontroller development system and work in teams of four or five to create you robot.
Mar 6, 2018
How to make graphene
The sticky tape method that was used to first isolate graphene for at The University of Manchester is still used. However this cannot be done on an industrial scale. Other methods are used for large scale manufacturing such as chemical deposition, however research continues to be carried out to scale up new capabilities of producing larger quantities of graphene. In this video we explor the methods used to make graphene. The narrator is Sarah Haigh, a lecturer in Materials Characterisation. Her research focuses on the structure and properties of nanomaterials using high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis.