Cementing the links between academia and industry

On 6 February 2017 researchers, academics, professional staff and students from across the Department ventured out into the Peak District. But this was no ‘walk in the park’. This was one of the biggest cement research groups visiting the biggest cement plant in the UK! Research Associate Theodore Hanein shares his take on the recent excursion to…

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…

Cement – what is it?

On average each person on the planet consumes more cement each day than food. Whether we like it or not cement has been the material of choice for building the modern world. Undergraduate student Max is studying Materials Science and Engineering (Research). Follow his blog as he studies the material cement as part of his research project….

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…

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…

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…