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31 August 2011 | PR 11/104

Expo to showcase University’s materials research expertise

A special Expo showcasing the breadth of materials research taking place across Loughborough University will be held at the campus in September.

Organised by the University’s Materials Research School, the event will focus on ‘Materials for energy applications’ and will be attended by industry experts, academics and research staff.  It will feature several keynote speakers from Loughborough, as well as a presentation by Dr Emma Farndon from the global clean power systems company and University spin out, Intelligent Energy.  There will also be an extensive poster exhibition highlighting recent developments in materials research at Loughborough.

The Expo takes place on Thursday, September 22 from 9.30am until 4pm at the University’s Sir Denis Rooke Building.  It will be officially opened by Loughborough’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Ken Parsons.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the exciting work taking place at Loughborough and to make contacts for research collaboration or commercial exploitation in materials for energy applications,” said Professor Rachel Thomson, Director of the Materials Research School.

Anyone wanting to attend the free event should email mrs@lboro.ac.uk by Wednesday 14 September.

Further information about the Expo can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/schools/materials/events.html


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Notes for editors:

1.  The Materials Research School focuses on bringing together the significant strengths in materials research across Loughborough University to tackle projects which demand a multidisciplinary approach.  The School is supported by an excellent range of state of the art experimental facilities for materials research.  There are a wide range of ongoing research projects, carried out in collaboration with UK and international academic institutions, research organisations and companies.  Particular emphasis is placed on providing solutions to real industrial problems, from life extension of current engineering components to the development of novel materials.

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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