CDT Newsletter June 2021
The June 2021 issue of the CDT newsletter.
Huge congratulations to the CDT student organising committee of Chris Castle, Scott Dean, Alexander Fordham, Eoin Griffin, Alexander Jones, Solen Monteil, Ciaran Mullan, Vicente Orts Mercadillo, Clara Skuse, Pietro Steiner, and Max Taylor who worked tirelessly (literally) to make the first ever graphene hackathon a success.
The Graphene Hackathon has been officially announced! First year NOWNANO CDT students (Solen Monteil, Clara Skuse, Scott Dean, Pietro Steiner, Eoin Griffin, Ciaran Mullan, Chris Castle, Alex Fordham, and Vicente Orts Mercadillo) and alumnus Thanasis Georgiou pitched the idea to the University earlier in the year, and thanks to funding from the CDT and a partnership with the GEIC, planning for the event is well underway.
On Wednesday 29th May the former universities minister Sam Gyimah MP visited the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC). Bonnie Tsim and Clara Skuse, from the 2017 and 2018 cohorts, volunteered to represent the CDT and answer any questions regarding it and their own research.
Congratulations go to year 2 CDT student David Brooks, who was part of the 2,300 university staff, students and alumni taking part in the 16th Great Manchester run on Sunday 24th May 2019, collectively raising over £28,000 for worthy causes, with University of Manchester’s Chancellor Lemn Sissay, MBE.
Third year CDT students have the opportunity to participate in a short course that helps them to identify and understand the commercial opportunities that may be associated with their research. As part of this work they also develop a business plan and pitch, to help them understand the various aspects of commercialising innovations.
Following up from the Women in Graphene event recently held at the NGI, the University of Manchester's Graphene blog interviewed first year CDT student Clara Skuse and Professor Sarah Haigh for an article on their perceptions of gender equality in their field of research.
In December the CDT held a poster presentation event for current year 1 students to meet with the supervisors of the projects available for them to choose from for their PhD research. 37 projects are available for this cohort on a range of graphene related subjects available within various schools the University of Manchester and University of Lancaster and the students spent time discussing with nature of the projects and research with the supervisors and research assistants.
In December the CDT held an open day for prospective applicants to the CDT programme who would commence study in September 2019. Over 60 people attended talks by the CDT Director (Prof. Grigorieva), existing CDT students and Prof. Falko (Director of National Graphene Institute) followed by tours of the facilities and current research of the National Graphene Institute.
Daniel Kelly, year 4 CDT student, has published an article through the Physics World student contributor programme which he joined two years ago. The scheme offers early career scientists the opportunity to work alongside an award winning journalism team to write and publish new stories for the global scientific community.
On the 7th of October, students and staff members from the centre for doctoral training gathered at Forrest Hills for a day of fun and adventure. A professional team of leadership developers ran a series of activities with the group with an aim of making everyone work together, and get to know each other better.