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Professor Claire Carmalt appointed as new Head of Department for Chemistry

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Professor Claire Carmalt

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Claire Carmalt as the new Head of Department for UCL Chemistry. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year (2016-17). She will be the 18th Head of Department for Chemistry and the first woman appointed to the position.

Prof Louise Harra and team awarded 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes

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Image of the Hinode spacecraft. Major UCL collaborations with the Japanese have been building and operating instruments on spacecraft studying the Sun - and then the science that follows.

The winners of the 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes, the prestigious awards for scientific collaboration in the UK and Japan, have been announced. Following an assessment conducted by a panel of Fellows of the Royal Society, the Trustees of The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation have awarded four Daiwa Adrian Prizes of £10,000 to joint UK-Japan scientific research teams.

Top universities compete in third UCL/UCT Financial Mathematics Team Challenge

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Top universities compete in third annual UCL/UCT Financial Mathematics Team Challenge

The event, hosted by the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) in association with University College London (UCL) and University of Cape Town (UCT), saw teams of mixed masters and doctoral students taking on practical problems in an array of areas pertinent to the financial services industry post the financial crisis.

Dark matter particle remains elusive

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LUX

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has yielded no trace of a dark matter particle after completing its final 20-month long search of the universe, according to LUX collaboration scientists including UCL researchers.

Self-perpetuating plaque formation in Alzheimer’s

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Artist’s rendering of protein fibrils (in blue) and healthy proteins (in red) from computer simulations. Credit: Ivan Barun, dr. med.

Using a combination of computer simulations and laboratory experiments, Dr Andela Saric (UCL Institute for the Physics of Living Systems, Department of Physics & Astronomy) and colleagues were able to identify the necessary requirements for the self-replication of protein fibrils.

New Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences appointed

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Prof Ivan Parkin

The faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof Ivan Parkin as the new Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year (2016-17).

UCL Academic awarded Royal Microscopical Society Medal

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UCL LCN Academic awarded Royal Microscopical Society

A new series of Medals was launched by Royal Microscopical Society in 2014 to coincide with its 175th anniversary. The series is designed to recognise and celebrate individuals who make outstanding contributions to the field of microscopy across both the life and physical sciences. Dr Bart Hoogenboom (UCL Physics & Astronomy and London Centre for Nanotechnology) has been awarded the RMS Medal for Scannng Probe Microscopy - for outstanding progress made in the field of scanning probe microscopy.

UCL researchers honoured by The Royal Society

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Royal Society Prize Winners

The outstanding achievements of three UCL researchers have been recognised by The Royal Society, the UK’s national Academy of science, in this year’s Awards and Prizes announcement.

UCL Academics contribute to new report on scientific assessment of UK climate change

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UCL Academics contribute to new report on scientific assessment of UK climate change


Climate change is happening now. Globally, 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. The impacts of climate change are already being felt in the UK, and urgent action is required to address climate-related risks, the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) says today.

Einstein's general relativity passes another stringent test

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Einstein's general relativity passes another stringent test

In a recent paper published today in the Astrophysical Journal, Ignacio Ferreras (UCL Space & Climate Physics/Mullard Space Science Laboratory) and Ignacio Trujillo (IAC) presented the most detailed test of the so-called cosmological redshift.

Professor Richard Catlow named new Royal Society Foreign Secretary

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Professor Richard Catlow named new Royal Society Foreign Secretary

Professor Richard Catlow (UCL Chemistry) has been elected Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society.  He will take over from Professor Martyn Poliakoff who will step down in November.

Accelerating research into dark energy

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Reversing universe

A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by UCL and CEFCA scientists. Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.

Magnetic Rope observed for the first time between Saturn and the Sun

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Magnetic Rope observed for the first time during the interaction between Saturn and the Sun

A twisted magnetic field structure, previously never seen before at Saturn, has now been detected for the first time, using instrumentation built at UCL and Imperial  College.

When the Sun’s magnetic field interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field (the  magnetosphere), a complex process occurs called magnetic reconnection which can twist the field into a helical shape.

UCL Physicist receives 2016 award from Institute of Physics

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UCL Physicist receives 2016 award from Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced the winners of their medals and prizes for 2016, in recognition of outstanding work by physicists in research, leadership, outreach and engagement.

Orbyts Graduation Ceremony

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Orbyts Graduation Ceremony

On the 11th July, there will be an official ORBYTS (Original Research By Young Twinkle Students) Closing Ceremony, where secondary school students will give presentations about their research in collaboration with UCL PhD students.

MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2016

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Chris Blackman

Each year the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty recognises excellence in teaching by staff and teaching assistants at all levels within the faculty through the Faculty Teaching Awards.

Our ancestors evolved faster after dinosaur extinction

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late cretaceous dinosaurs

Our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years, according to UCL researchers.

Meet RobERt, the dreaming detective for exoplanet atmospheres

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Meet RobERt, the dreaming detective for exoplanet atmospheres

Machine-learning techniques that mimic human recognition and dreaming processes are being deployed in the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system. A deep belief neural network, called RobERt (Robotic Exoplanet Recognition), has been developed by astronomers at UCL to sift through detections of light emanating from distant planetary systems and retrieve spectral information about the gases present in the exoplanet atmospheres. RobERt will be presented at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2016 in Nottingham by Dr Ingo Waldmann on Tuesday 28th June.

UCL postgrad presents at quantum technology business forum

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Ying Lia Li


UCL postgraduate student Ying Lia Li (Lia) was one of five young scientists selected from applicants worldwide to present their projects at the recent Nature/Entrepreneur First Innovation Forum in Quantum Technologies.

UCL Chemistry courses accredited by Royal Society of Chemistry

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Chemistry. Photo (c) Matt Clayton

The UCL Department of Chemistry has received official notification that a selection of UCL Chemistry undergraduate and graduate courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), including many courses that were not previously recognised.

Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families

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Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families

Researchers are calling for the end to an era of confusion and alarm about children's heart surgery statistics by launching an innovative communication tool that will help people make sense of published survival data about children’s heart surgery in the UK and Ireland.

Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres

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Venus

Venus has an ‘electric wind’ strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans, according to a new study by NASA and UCL researchers.

UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

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UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

Twinkle, a mission led by UCL scientists that will unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key design milestone.  The results of the “payload study” demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives. 

UCL team involved in using supercomputers to develop personalised medicine

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UCL team involved in using supercomputers to develop personalised medicine

Professor Peter Coveney, UCL Chemistry has been involved in a project that aims to realise a long-held dream of designing medicine treatments so they are customised for individual patients. The team’s latest work involved using one of the biggest supercomputers on the planet to generate vast amounts of data on how drugs work.

UCL Physics and Astronomy to launch new PhysFilmMakers Programme

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Phys FilmMakers Screening

The Phys FilmMakers Programme is a new initiative to showcase the amazing discoveries and breakthroughs being made within UCL Physics and Astronomy.
While there are many visitors to the department, it is a struggle to show all of the research that takes place within it, due to health and safety risks or space limitations.

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