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World Cup wonders: nano-scale footballs made by masters of the minuscule

They created the world’s smallest periodic table; they sent the Queen a 90th birthday message etched on a corgi hair; so, how are experts at the University of Nottingham’s Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC) marking the World Cup?  They have joined forces with 3D printing experts in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) – these chemists, engineers and specialist technicians have created a set of nanoscale football shaped structures in the style of a Russian Doll – one …

Next generation of mechanical engineers show off their designs

An off-road wheelchair, an electric superbike, a robotic physio glove, and a portable drinks fridge that can also transport live organs are among the inventive prototypes developed by 166 third-year MEng students at the Mechanical Engineering Design Showcase. The annual end-of-year event was held 11 to 13 June at University Park with all participating teams …

TT Zero podium finish for University of Nottingham electric superbike

The University of Nottingham electric superbike took second place in the Isle of Man TT Zero race on Wednesday 6 June, splitting the two factory Mugen bikes, a historic feat never before achieved by a university team. Daley Mathison, rider for Nottingham, secured the impressive podium finish after averaging 119.294 mph (18:58.600) the second fastest ever lap speed …

How could sustainable engineering prevent a need for a supermarket ban of palm oil?

As UK frozen food retailer Iceland vows to ban palm oil from all its products, Prof. Denny Ng, from University of Nottingham Malaysia, explains why we don’t need to stop using this controversial vegetable oil if it is produced sustainably, and how his research supports this greener approach. Why is palm oil in so many …

Snapshots of success

Building blocks for a lighter future – that was the title of the photo which bagged third place in the Innovation category in this year’s EPSRC science photography competition. The winner, Sam Catchpole Smith, is a third year student at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing, The image features …

Sweden’s Örebro University honours Professor John Andrews

Professor John Andrews, Professor of Infrastructure Asset Management has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty for Business, Science and Engineering at Örebro University in Sweden.  The conferment ceremony took place in early February. This was followed by a presentation where Prof Andrews discussed Infrastructure Maintenance Modelling and he went on to talk about Avoiding …

The standard setter

Dr Brian Simpson, Honorary Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded the British Standards Institution (BSI) Wolfe Barry Medal for his contribution to standards-making. To say that Dr Simpson has had a long and distinguished 46-year career would be a bit of an understatement. In 1971, Dr Simpson joined Arup, the well …

Do green-certified buildings increase occupant satisfaction? It’s complicated…

A groundbreaking study suggests that earning green certification and specific Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) credits do not necessarily enhance occupant satisfaction.  A study led by Professor Sergio Altomonte of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment (DABE), now at the Universite’ catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium, and Professors Stefano Schiavon and Gail Brager, University of …

Road to the future

Dr Alvaro Garcia Hernandez of the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC) made his debut on BBC One’s The One Show yesterday in a feature about the different ways to fix potholes. The segment provided a fascinating insight into the groundbreaking research that is carried out at NTEC. The piece featuring the University was set in …

TexGen: Weaving the way forward

Drs Louise Brown, Senior Research Fellow and Uresha Patel, a Postdoctoral Research Associate, discuss how TexGen, a textile geometry modelling software program developed by the University of Nottingham, is fast becoming a geometric pre-processor of choice in a wide range of industries. TexGen is a tool which is used for generating realistic geometric representations of …