Industrial Laser Applications Symposium

Six of our second year Physics students (now third year students) attended the 5th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS 2017) in Grantham on 22-23 March 2017. This unique 2-day event was organized by the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU). It attracted international delegates and speakers to share the latest in laser material processing and was packed with presentations and exhibitions. A great opportunity for our students to make new contacts, expand their network and meet potential employers.

L-R: Neil Main (Micrometric Ltd) together with the students: Niall Garry, George Lindow, Thomas Dodd, Robert Sharp, Harry Finch and Sorcha Hulme at ILAS2017.

Soft Matter in Rome


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On 15-19 September 2013 Manuela, Marco, and Andrei participated in the worlds largest International Soft Matter Conference 2013 held at Sapienza University of Rome. The conference was the 3rd of its kind, which takes place every 3 years. It covered topics of Biological Soft Matter, Colloids, Dynamics of complex fluids, Membranes, Polymers, Self-assembly, Surfaces and interfaces, and Soft Nanotechnology.

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My Journey to Barcelona

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My journey starts in the famous John Lennon’s airport the 19th of May 2013. I walk along the corridors of this airport, where some pieces of Lennon’s lyrics are written against the walls. I see so many tourists eating their subway sandwich, right in front of Lennon’s and McCartney suits, with no concern or whatsoever. I wonder if they had imagined that this could one day happen.

Leaving Liverpool on a sunny and unusually bright day, I finally arrive in Barcelona welcomed by this strong heavy Mediterranean rain. This journey starts taking a metaphorical scale.

I take a cab, as I do not know where my accommodation exactly is. I then decide to start experimenting my Spanish language skills with the driver. Surprisingly I do not encounter any difficulty. I finally arrive at the university of Barcelona, where a nice lady gives me my room keys.

The following day is…

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Universal language of Physics

Today I attended a Statistical Physics lecture by Prof Toshihiro Kawakatsu for undergraduates in Tohoku University in Sendai. The 1.5 hrs intense lecture covered various ensembles, described entropy, and was full of derivations on moving boards. Even though the lecture was in Japanese, I still could follow it thanks to the universal language of Physics – Mathematics ! It brought back lots of memories of teaching Theoretical Physics in 90s in my Alma Mater in Odessa.20130607-173910.jpg


25th National Conference of Undergraduate Research, USA

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The National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in the USA is a yearly run conference aimed to promote research conducted by undergraduate students. The 25th NCUR was held at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York State from March 31st to April 4th 2011 and I was fortunate enough to attend. There was approximately 4000 presentations given by undergraduates and I was given the opportunity to present two. The first was an oral presentation of the research carried out in the Computational Physics Group; titled “Computer Modelling of Soft-Nanostructures”. The second was a poster presentation of UCLan’s Undergraduate Research Society; which is a society set up by myself and other UCLan students of which I am the chair. The conference was set out to consist of 10 sessions and in each of these sessions there was approximately 52 different classrooms across the campus each with 4 oral presentations in and at the…

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International adventure to the Netherlands

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Our student, Christine Stokes, went on a research trip to Holland.  Read here UCLan’s news story:

UCLan bursary contributes to outstanding student experience

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A third year undergraduate physics student recently undertook a research trip of a lifetime having been awarded one of UCLan’s sector-leading internationalisation bursaries worth £700.

Christine Stokes, from Walton-Le-Dale, travelled across the Channel to the renowned Leiden University in the Netherlands where she undertook a one-month research project within the University’s department of Soft Matter Chemistry.

Here is her story:

“When the day came for me to leave England I was filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. It was the first time I’d travelled alone and the longest I’d been separated from my family but I was excited at entering a new phase in my personal development and future career path.

“On Tuesday, 18 May 2010 I took a one hour twenty minute flight to…

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