My Summer placement

Hello again all! Some of you reading may have gone through the application process to the Materials Science department recently – I hope you enjoyed your visit to Sheffield and, even more importantly, you were successful in your application! It’d be great for you to join all of us here in the Department in October!…

An Eggs-cellent Material

You are probably sick of chocolate by now (or maybe not), but I’m sure many of us have had more than our fair share over the last few days.  In all that while though you might not have thought much about how great a material chocolate is! A lot of engineering goes into chocolate, with…

I’m an International Engineering Ambassador

Hello, I am Shunzi Wu. You can call me Darcy. I have a wide range of interests and hobbies. I love to oil paint, dance, cook, do calligraphy and sinology. I also have interest in European literature, classical poetry, music, science and traveling. If you are interested in any of them, you are very welcome…

The phone rings and I am told: “The tonsils have arrived”

The phone rings and I am told: “The tonsils have arrived” Sometimes it’s easy to forget how some of the conversations I have on a daily basis are weird and wonderful to those unfamiliar with the inner workings of a research lab. Recently, when showing a prospective Biomaterials undergraduate around my lab, I saw the…

If only materials research was a bit more like Star Wars…

Hello all, It’s been a while since my last blog post and I naturally have progress on my project! It’s exciting to have my system ready to go and I’ve started to get a few results through. Nothing concrete yet but it’s behaving a bit like I was expecting! I’m going to spend a bit…

Sheffield Formula Student

Hi, my name is Gabby and I am a second year undergraduate on the Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering degree programme at Sheffield University. The course is what initially attracted me to Sheffield and it has quickly become apparent that this is also a great place to be a student. At the beginning of first…

Why I chose nuclear

I graduated with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015, and am currently studying MSc Nuclear Science and Technology. So why did I choose to study Nuclear Science and Technology? Nuclear power stations were introduced approximately 60 years ago and they are now currently contributing around 11% of the world’s electricity. More than one…

Plastics or Polymers?

I’ve just read an article on the BBC website as part of their “vocabularist” column on the origin and development of different words: BBC – The Vocabularist: When plastics stopped being plastic It deals with the interesting evolution of the the word “plastic” and how, even though the first plastics were invented in the middle…

My first international conference: part 2

Thursday January 14th – Today is the big day! My talk is scheduled for 1:54pm in the session: Hard Magnetic Materials and Processing II. I have already practised my talk and, maybe due to nerves, I am clocking in at 15 minutes, far too long for the 10-minute time limit! I spend the morning practising…

Exams!

This week we started our first exam period of the year, and the University takes on a very distinctive feel. Many places around the Department are much quieter than usual, like the lecture theatres (apart from the odd revision class), but if you look in the libraries or the Diamond you’ll find they are hotbeds…

My first international conference: part 1

Day 1 After approximately 18 hours of travel across 8 time zones I arrived last night (Sunday 10 January 2016) in San Diego for the 13th MMM-Intermag joint conference, thankfully known by the short-hand, Magnetism 2016. This is my first international conference and the main reason I am here is to give a 10 minute…

The Future according to Miodownik

On Tuesday 1 December we were lucky enough to be able to welcome Prof Mark Miodownik of UCL to Sheffield, to give the annual Hatfield lecture (a public lecture on Materials; we regularly get towards 500 people coming, which I’m sure has nothing to do with the free buffet and wine afterwards…). Mark gave his…