CAMREG Webinar Series.

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Experiments meet computational modelling: A case study for soft materials - Tuesday 4th May 2021 - 11am

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In this talk, after a brief overview on the state-of-the start of flexible actuators and energy harvesters, thorough and detailed experimental characterisations of classical polymeric materials will be presented. All data presented are obtained from thermo-electro-mechanically coupled tests demonstrating the electric and temperature loadings have profound effects on the time-dependent behaviour of polymeric materials used in soft actuators and flexible energy harvesters.

Dr Mokarram Hossain is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Engineering, Swansea University. After completing his Bachelor in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dr Hossain obtained Masters in Computational Engineering (2005) from Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (2010) from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany under the supervision of Prof Paul Steinmann. He moved to the UK, at first in Northumbria University as a Lecturer in 2015, then to Swansea University as a Senior Lecturer in 2017. His research interests lie in the wide and interdisciplinary areas of soft polymeric and active multifunctional materials spanning from experimental study to computational modelling. He has been active in modelling soft biological tissues and various polymeric gels.

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Materials for Green Energy: Some New Perspectives and Horizons – Tuesday 2nd march – 2pm

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Understanding materials performance for marine renewable energy is a giant step towards configuring a new Energy/Materials paradigm for the Green and Low Carbon Economy.  These two talks from International experts Professor Conchúr O Brádaigh, Edinburgh, and Professor Margaret Stack, Strathclyde, Glasgow outline the understanding of materials degradation in tidal and wind turbines, highlight innovative materials solutions towards developing economic solutions in mitigating wear and corrosion degradation and identify how an ordinary weather map can be used to develop life prediction models of projected energy performance.  

Hybrids for enhanced characterisation, inspection and performance of composite materials- Tuesday 16th march – 1pm

Dr Meisam Jalalvand is Lecturer in Composite Materials and Structures within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. Application of polymer based composite materials is continuously increasing due to their excellent mechanical and processability characteristics. However, composite materials suffer from being complex to model and characterise, difficult to inspect and also they show an inherent brittleness. In this presentation, I will share our recent advances, partly funded through CAMREG programme, on application of hybrid composite materials (composites with two or more different fibre types) to enhance characterisation and inspection methods of advanced composites. I will also share how application of hybrid composites can provide new features to the mechanical behaviour of standard composites.  

Developing thermoplastic composites from recycled plastics for renewable energy applications-RenewPLAST- Tuesday   30th March – 2pm

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Dr Dipa Roy - Senior Lecturer in Composite Materials and Processing at the University of Edinburgh. Plastics have many valuable uses, but single-use or disposable plastics are causing severe environmental consequences. A global population of over 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastics in 2016. This is set to double by 2034. Approximately 8 million pieces of plastic wastes are thrown into our oceans. The estimated 19 billion pounds of plastics that end up in the ocean every year is expected to double by 2025. Overall, the situation with waste plastics is becoming a threat for the environment. It is therefore important for the scientific community to find innovative ways of converting high volumes of waste plastics into value-added products for different industrial sectors. This project fits in there. This work is focussed on developing a novel technology that can use recycled plastics (recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and recycled polyolefins) as the starting material for manufacturing value-added composite products for automotive, construction and renewable energy sectors. With this technology, recycled plastics can be converted into tough composites, which are recyclable, weldable, and thermoformable into any shape. The composites are processable using conventional thermoplastic processing techniques and there are opportunities of incorporating added functionality. 

Sustainably synthesised metal-organic frameworks and their applications in energy conversion and storage - Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi, Queen Mary University of London

10-11am BST, Tuesday 1st December 2020

Energy generation enabled by graphene and related 2D materials - Professor Emmanuel Kymakis, Hellenic Mediterranean University

3-4pm BST, Monday 1st June 2020

Moving beyond spin-coating; progress and challenges in printing perovskite - Prof Trystan Watson - Swansea University