Physics seminar: Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad

Maths & Physics News

Date: Wednesday 14th of June 2017, 14:00.
Location: INB3305 (Isaac Newton Building).

‘Cellular Graphene and its Applications’

by Yarjan Abdul Samad, Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge.


Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad is a research associate and a project leader at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge. His research areas include electromechanical and electro and photo- thermal properties of carbon and two-dimensional materials, as well as flexible and stretchable composites for space, health, environment and energy applications. Dr. Abdul Samad has developed sustainable methods of fabricating e-textiles and flexible and stretchable conductors and composites based on porous 3D structures of layered materials – typically graphene – that are useful for aerospace composites, biosensing, water purification and energy storage. He is among the team of experimentalists who tested properties of graphene for the first time in Zero Gravity (Zero G) environments by using European Space Agency’s parabolic flights…

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Summer Students Excited by Quantum Dots

Experimental Nanophysics & Nanotechnology Group

Dr Matt Booth was delighted to supervise two of our undergraduate Physics students over the summer as part of the University of Lincoln ‘UROS’ scheme.

Niall Garry and Robert Sharp were evaluating the effects of compositional perturbations on the optical and electronic properties of colloidal CuInS2 nanocrystals.

We were kindly hosted for two days by Dr Vin Dhanak in the Nanomaterials Characterisation Lab at the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. Both the valence and core electron states of copper poor CuInS2 and Fe-doped CuInS2 were measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

When under UV illumination the copper poor nanocrystals showed up to an order of magnitude increase in photoluminescence emission, while the Fe-doped suspensions showed a systematic red-shift with increased Fe content (see images below).


Both Niall and Robert are extending the work they undertook during their UROS projects for their third year dissertation projects.

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1st Annual Edmund Weaver Lecture

Astrophysics Group

Today Phil Sutton delivered an illuminating public lecture on the Cassini mission to Saturn. That was the first lecture in a new lecture series of Annual Edmund Weaver Lectures in Astronomy. Before the lecture Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky  introduced new lecture series and explained briefly who was mysterious Edmund Weaver. The talk by Phil attracted lots of questions from the audience and sparkled a lovely discussion with the speaker after the lecture.

Opening words by Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky:

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Best physics lecturers 2016/17

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During the Edward Delaval event on 31 May 2017 our 1st and 2nd year Physics students (now 2nd and 3rd year students) presented our Physics lecturers with “Stars of the best physics lecturer of 2017” as voted by the students. The winners of the academic year 2016-17 were:

1st year:

Fabien Paillusson and Andrei Zvelindovsky

2nd year:

Andrea Floris and Matthew Booth

The stars and certificates were presented to the lecturers by student reps Tom Vale and Sorcha Hulme.

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Celebrating Physics students success in 2017 with Edward Delaval

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Students and staff

On 31 of May 2017 our Physics students at the University of Lincoln have been recognised at a prize giving event for their hard work and effort on the course.

Our first two cohorts of Physics students at the University and staff spend a remarkable day at Doddington Hall, once a home of famous natural philosopher Edward Delaval.

Th event was featuring a fantastic talk about the Hall and Edward Delaval by Anthony Jarvis of Doddington Hall, who also presented the awards to the students.

This was our second Edward Delaval event at Doddington Hall, and the winners of the academic year 2016/17 were:

1st year (now 2nd year) Physics students:
  • Thomas Vale was presented with Edward Delaval award as a blue glass trophy, reflecting on Edward Delaval work on colouring glass.
  • Felicity Levett received a Commendation for her Experimental Physics Work
2nd year (now 3rd year) Physics…

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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.

Planets, stars, and music of glass

Today the University of Lincoln hosted the Lincoln Get Hold of Technology & Science (LiGHTS) festival. Our school presented two exciting activities. Our own astrophysicists, Dr Phil Sutton, told to old and young about recent news from the world of planets and stars. The most young listeners asked the most difficult questions, like what is the shape of two very close stars.

Another activity was about the music of glasses, inspired by the work of famous natural philosopher Edward Delaval, FRS, once the owner of the Doddington hall next to Lincoln. This is a joint project between our experimental physicists Dr Matt Booth and Dr Martin Scheuregger, a lecturer in the School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln.

UROS — A Reflection I Wasn’t Expecting

Tom Vale

The day has been and gone, my UROS project is over, the skills I have learned will be useful both in and out of my academic life but I feel like the most important thing to come out of the project was learning when to ask for help.

At the start of my project, I was a long-term sufferer of anxiety and depression and wasn’t out to a lot of people in my life, but the knowledge that my supervisor gave me (mainly that if you don’t understand something, then no question is too silly, which I read as “always try to tell people what you are thinking so that they can understand where you are”) gave me that push to come out to people and ask for help regarding my mental health.

I thought the things I would take away from UROS were an increased passion for physics, knowledge…

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