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  • 16 May 2016 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Complex nanostructures abound in biological tissue and related synthetic soft materials. These convoluted forms remain largely unexplored, both in terms of how and why they emerge, and undoubtedly involve interplay of biology in vivo with physicochemical factors at work in vitro. ‘Animal Vegetal Mineral’ will be an interdisciplinary forum to discuss and attempt to demarcate the similarities and differences between structure formation mechanisms in biological materials and synthetic soft self-assembled materials. We invite and welcome interested scientific researchers from biology, chemistry, materials science, physics and mathematics to join us for an open-minded exploration of the relations between shape, structure formation and function in biological tissue and nano- and mesostructured materials.

    A special issue of the journal Interface Focus LINK will be dedicated to the themes of the conference. Participants are encouraged to propose contributions to this issue. 

    For more information visit:


  • 11 May 2016 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    A new book, Silencing Silence, by ACIS member Shaun Hendy highlights some recent examples of where scientists have been missing in action when the public needed their knowledge and insights the most.

    For more information see:

  • 09 May 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Seven Vacancies in Mechanical and Construction Engineering (including Materials Science and Fluid Mechanics)

    The Faculty of Engineering & Environment here at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) is advertising a wide range of posts at different levels. The posts are advertised at:


    Please see the “Latest Vacancies” link at the bottom right hand side of the page.

    The Department will consider high quality applicants in all disciplines relevant to Mechanical and Construction Engineering, but particularly wishes to encourage candidates who can strengthen our research and teaching in:


    • Architectural/Mechanical Engineering
    • Automotive Engineering/Mechatronic
    • Construction/Project Management
    • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics – this could include Microfluidics
    • Materials Science/Engineering – this could include Soft Matter/Smart Materials/Microsystems Technology
    • Mechanics and Dynamics
    • Sustainable and Renewable Energy

    The closing date for applications is 31st May 2016.

    The Faculty policy is that areas of particular expertise may be signposted in Lecturer /Reader /Professor adverts, but we will always consider candidates with excellent research, theoretical or experimental, in any field covered by the department. Departments often have staff with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, e.g. Staff within the Department of Mechanical & Construction Engineering have backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials/Polymer Science, Project Management, Construction, etc.

    Over recent years the University has made a substantial investment in excellent academic staff and according to the Times Higher Education was the largest riser in ranking (by 30 places) by research power of any UK University in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Examples of recent outputs include,

    From staff linked to Smart Materials & Surfaces Research within the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering:

    1. Ever-increasing pseudocapacitance in RGO-MnO-RGO sandwich nanostructure for ultrahigh rate lithium storage. Yuan, Xu, et al, Advanced Functional Materials 26, 2198 (2016).
    2. Reversible electrochemically-triggered delamination blistering of hydrogel films on micro patterned electrodes, Xu, et al, Advanced Functional Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201504769 (2016).
    3. Micro-mechanics of nanostructured carbon/shape memory polymer hybrid thin film, Lei, Xu, Fu et al, Soft Matter 12, 106 (2016).
    4. Nebulization of water/glycerol droplets generated by ZnO/Si surface acoustic wave devices, Guo,  Li, Fu et al, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 19, 273 (2015)
    5. Mechanically gated electrical switches by creasing of patterned metal/elastomer bilayer films, Xu et al., Advanced Materials 26, 4381-4385 (2014).

    From colleagues working on Smart Materials & Surfaces Research within the Department of Physics & Electrical Engineering:

    1. Superconfinement tailors fluid flow at microscales, Setu et al., Nature Communications 6, art.  7297 (2015).
    2. A sublimation heat engine, Wells et al., Nature Communications   6 , art. 6390 (2015).
    3. Voltage-induced spreading and superspreading of liquids, McHale et al., Nature Communications 4, art. 1605, (2013).

    Lecturer/Reader/Professor Vacancies in other Departments

    We are also advertising posts in

    • Built Environment (Building/Quantity Surveying, Real Estate/Planning)
    • Computer and Information Sciences
    • Human Geography


    Further Information about Smart Materials & Surfaces Research

    Within my own area of Smart Materials & Surfaces/Materials/Physics, in addition to myself, the following colleagues can be approached for informal discussions:

    From the Department of Mechanical & Construction Engineering:

    From the Department of Physics & Electrical Engineering:


    Glen McHale BSc (H), PhD, FInstP, FHEA, SMIEEE

    Professor of Applied & Materials Physics and Executive Dean, Engineering & Environment

    T:    +44 (0)191 227 3660

    PA:  +44 (0)191 227 4397


    Room 105, Ellison D Block, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom

  • 05 May 2016 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    15 PhD scholarships are available for projects which are collaborations between the Faculties of Engineering, IT, Science and Medicine. They all have a Monash Health or Alfred Health clinician involved and are designed to be translational.

    For more information refer to the website below: 

    A list of specific projects available is here:

  • 29 Apr 2016 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Two academic positions are available at ANU, Canberra, in the areas of:

    • materials chemistry, and/or
    • theoretical and/or computational chemistry


    For more information refer to:

  • 18 Apr 2016 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    Vice Chancellor’s Fellows Vacancies

    The Faculty of Engineering & Environment here at Northumbria University inNewcastle upon Tyne (UK) is advertising a wide range of posts at differentlevels. The posts are advertised at:


    The first set of eight posts is called Vice Chancellors’ (SeniorResearch/Research) Fellows with closing dates for applications of 12th May 2016.

    These posts are prestigious University posts which are offered for threeyears in the first instance with the expectation within the Faculty ofprogression to a permanent academic position at the end of the Fellowshipsubject to satisfactory progress. There are three multidisciplinary researchthemes related to these posts:

    1. Digital Living

    e.g. Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Science,Digital Cities/Built Environment/Architecture

    2. Extreme Environments

    e.g. Physical/Environmental Geography, Solar Physics/Magnetohydrodynamics

    3. Future Engineering

    e.g. Energy, Transport, Smart Materials, with cross-cutting activities in Photonics, Communications and Control

    The postholders will be members of an appropriate Faculty department:

    1. Architecture and Built Environment
    2. Computer Science and Digital Technologies
    3. Geography (including Environmental Science)
    4. Mathematics and Information Sciences
    5. Mechanical and Construction Engineering
    6. Physics and Electrical Engineering

    Future Engineering covers my own research field of Smart Materials & Surfaces/Materials/Physics (see below for further information).

    Lecturer/Reader/Professor Vacancies

    We also expect to advertise further Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professorial posts in the next few weeks in,

    • Built Environment (Building/Quantity Surveying, Real Estate/Planning)
    • Computer and Information Sciences
    • Human Geography
    • Mathematics (including Mathematical and Solar Physics)
    • Mechanical Engineering/Construction (including Automotive Engineering and Materials)

  • 12 Apr 2016 1:32 PM | Anonymous
    The 8th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN8) will be held 12-16 February, 2017 in Queenstown, New Zealand.

    Online registration and call for papers for is now open:

  • 11 Apr 2016 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    7th International Symposium of Fine Bubble Technology in Australia

    Date: 10:00 –17:30, Monday, 25th July, 2016

    Venue: Aerial Function Centre, University Technology of Sydney

    Organiser: Standards Australia(SA), Fine Bubble Industries Association (FBIA)

    Admission: Free

    Further information to follow at:

  • 10 Feb 2016 1:15 PM | Catherine Whitby
    50th Anniversary Lectureships - Physics
    Salary:   £33,574 to £46,414 
    Closing Date:   Monday 29 February 2016
    Interview Date:   To be confirmed 
    Reference:  AL04

    We are looking for an enthusiastic academic research leader, with outstanding potential for achieving national and international excellence and innovation in the field of experimental science of nanomaterials, in particular, in nanoscale materials characterisation and related areas. Active interaction with modelling and simulation research groups and established links with major industrial collaborators in the field of material science are of particular importance for this position. For further information:

  • 04 Feb 2016 10:02 PM | Anonymous
    A post-doctoral position is available with the group of Prof Paul Dubin in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts. The focus will be on complex coacervation.

    For more information contact Prof. Paul Dubin (

    Dubin Research Group page:

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