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Promotions

The Department congratulates Jonathan Pritchard on his promotion to Reader, Nicolas Laurand and Colin Whyte on their promotion to Principal Research Fellow, Niall McAlinden on his promotion to Research Fellow and Susan Spesyvtseva on her promotion to KE Fellow.

December 2020

Space mission to demonstrate future secure telecomms systems 

Dr Daniel Oi is Scientific Lead for ROKS (Responsive Operations for Key Services), a space mission demonstrating technologies for future secure telecommunication systems that has won £345,000 of funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA).

December 2020

Fellowship to deliver world-class Artificial Intelligence research

Dr Antonio Hurtado, a Photonics researcher has received a prestigious fellowship to support his development of ultra-fast Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for medicine, security and renewable energy.

November 2020

Strathclyde joins UK’s largest industry-led quantum computing project

The University has joined DISCOVERY, a £10 million, three-year programme designed to address technology barriers to commercial quantum computing.

November 2020

Double win for Strathclyde in Institute of Physics Awards

The Department of Physics congratulates Prof. David Birch on being awarded the Institute of Physics 2020 Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize. David receives this award for pioneering the UK fluorescence lifetime industry through research publications and the market-leading company IBH, which he co-founded.

The Department also congratulates Paul Chambers on receiving the Marie Curie-Sklodowska Medal and Prize, for long service to and shaping of physics and science education in Scotland through training teachers.

October 2020

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in Quantum Electronics

Alessandro Rossi's project is entitled ‘Quantum Electronics in Silicon Carbide (QELTIC)’ and aims to develop the first generation of electronic devices to address quantum states in silicon carbide (SiC).

Dr Rossi is one of two academics at Strathclyde and 101 academics in total to share the £109 million Future Leaders Fellowships.

October 2020

Novel Satellite Imaging Technology Highlighted

Work by a Strathclyde multidisciplinary team has been highlighted in recent publications. The Compact Multi-Spectral Imager for Nanosatellites (CMSIN) project is developing an innovative device that utilises a new kind of "single pixel" camera to detect and characterise objects with less data than traditional devices, such as those used on Earth Observation (EO) satellites.

September 2020

Proposal for observatory to detect gravitational waves

Researchers could detect more mergers of black holes and neutron stars with plans for a new flagship gravitational wave observatory in Europe moving a step closer.

September 2020

Royal Academy of Engineering award for Strathclyde researcher

Dr Michael Strain, a Reader in the Institute of Photonics, has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to develop 3D-printing capability for nano- and micro-scale devices on a single chip.

September 2020

Strathclyde receives industry fellowship for battery research

A two-year industry fellowship has been awarded to Dr Terry Dyer by the Faraday Institution to work with cdo2, a business incubator and centre for research commercialisation, to design a micro-electrochemical system (MEMS) fabrication process for a new type of magnetometer to act as a low-cost sensor in battery management systems.

July 2020

Strathclyde PhD Graduate Spin-Out Success

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez, a recent PhD Physics graduate, is on a mission to bring the benefits of Quantum Technologies to the wider world with the launch of the spin-out company QURECA Ltd.

July 2020

Promotions

The Department congratulates Elmar Haller on his promotion to Senior Lecturer, and Craig Donaldson, Adam Noble and David Speirs on their promotion to Research Fellow

July 2020

Quantum entanglement demonstrated on orbiting CubeSat

In a critical step toward creating a global quantum communications network, researchers have generated and detected quantum entanglement onboard a CubeSat nanosatellite weighing less than 2.6 kg and orbiting the Earth.

June 2020

Bacterial ‘Deathstars’ could be tricked into destroying themselves

Researchers in the Department of Physics and the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences have discovered a network of channels inside bacterial communities that could be used to kill bacteria more quickly by ‘tricking’ them into transporting drugs.

June 2020

Scientists finds mystery object in 'mass gap'

Scientists with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration have announced the discovery of a mystery object around 2.6 times the mass of the sun.

June 2020

Promotions

The Department congratulates Kevin Ronald on his promotion to Professor.

June 2020

Extremely Brilliant High energy Gamma-rays from a Two-stage Laser Wakefield Accelerator

A new concept for generating extremely brilliant gamma-rays with energy up to the GeV level has been proposed in research led at the University of Strathclyde.

June 2020

Long-standing mystery of matter and antimatter may be solved

An isotope of the element thorium possesses the most pear-shaped nucleus yet discovered and could hold the key to the long-standing mystery as to why there is much more matter than antimatter in our universe in Physics research involving the University of Strathclyde.

May 2020

Tiny Devices promise New Horizon for Medical Imaging

Miniature devices that could be developed into safe, high-resolution imaging technology, with uses such as helping doctors identify potentially deadly cancers and treating them early, have been created in research involving the Institute of Photonics and reported in Science.

May 2020

Scattering of Light with Angular Momentum from an Array of Particles

In a recent Physical Review Research paper, a team of researchers from the CNQO group show how angular momentum of scattered light encodes information that can be used to analyse the medium, opening avenues for investigation of scattering media both in natural environments and in laboratory situations.

April 2020

Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) Award to Gail McConnell

Prof Gail McConnell is the first recipient of the newly-established Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award from the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS).

March 2020

Strathclyde helps train Indian scientists to expand Global Gravitational Wave Network

Researchers from Strathclyde’s Biomedical Engineering department have worked with Indian scientists to build a specialist instrument to help enhance the detection of gravitational waves. The University is involved in expanding capacity and expertise ahead of the construction of a third LIGO instrument – the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

February 2020

Promotions

The Department congratulates Michael Strain on his promotion to Reader.

February 2020

New design could produce accelerators for hospitals and factories

A new design for ultra-compact, powerful particle accelerators for medicine, science, and industry has been produced in an international project involving the University of Strathclyde. The EuPRAXIA design study has shown that plasma acceleration provides a viable alternative to established accelerator technologies.

February 2020

Breakthrough in quest to build the world’s most powerful particle accelerator

A new technique for forming high quality particle beams has been achieved in an international collaboration involving the University of Strathclyde. The MICE (Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment) project has shown that it is possible to channel a sufficient number of muons into a high-energy accelerator to enable research in new areas of particle physics.

February 2020

Global Gravitational Wave Network Detects Another Neutron Star Collision

The global gravitational-wave observatory network study, which involves researchers from the University of Strathclyde, confirms that the event on 25 April 2019, was likely the result of a merger of two neutron stars.

January 2020