Where do I go from here?

It’s a question everyone faces several times in their life, the first time this thought struck me was just after my AS results came through. It was a good day for me, I’d done pretty well and I was getting ready to start my second year of A levels when I realised that having good…

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…

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…

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…

Life of a postgrad research student

Hello! Welcome to my blog posts, I’m Richard Dawidek, a first year postgraduate researcher in the Sheffield Centre for Advanced Magnetic Materials and Devices (SCAMMD). I may be new to the postgraduate side of life in the department but when it comes to Sheffield University I’m a bit of an old hand, having done my undergraduate degree here. With…