2009 News Archive

November 2009

Professor David Burton gave a presentation to the Wirral Primary Healthcare Trust on Tuesday 17th November 2009. This presentation was based on GERI's current radiotherapy work.

GERI has appointed three new PhD students. Two students will work on the human cell project - one working on the effects of radiation on human cells, one working on computer modelling of human cells. The third student will work on the laser treatment of materials with the Photonics in Engineering Group.

The Photonics in Engineering Group has been invited to join a prestigious consortium applying for FP7 funds.

Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a, with Professor Rafid Alkhaddar from the School of Built Environment, has successfully achieved an extension from RoboWeld company in Egypt to support the RFM Group's spot welding project, re-establish the link with Heliopolis University in terms of joint collaboration in Environmental and Energy BEng courses, establshing a PhD and MSc research programme in terms of joint supervision and an EU research exchange programme with Ain Shams.

Dr Paul French of PIE Group visited the University of Stuttgart to discuss laser applications for carbon fibre reinforced materials. He also went to Fraunhofer IFAM where he was involved in discussions on two Framework 7 proposals.

Dr Andre Batako has secured a new TSB grant from the Department for Business & Enterprise. The grant is awarded in conjunction with a group of industrial collaborators including Jones & Shipman, Bosch, Jolanda, Tirolit and Fuchs. The project is entitled "Vibration Assisted High Efficiency Deep Grinding - A Strategy for Eco-Machining". 

Dr Francis Lilley has been made Radiation Protection Supervisor for GERI and has recently attended a couse run by Radman Associates. This position was required due to the use of radiation sources as part of the EPSRC Feasibility Account awarded to GERI.

October 2009

Following a visit to GERI by Dr Dong-Yoon Lee of the Korea Institute of Industial Technology, Dr Andre Batako has been invited to collaborate with the Korean Government sponsored Institute in a research programme on new techniques for the grinding of extremely brittle materials. The Korean Government will provide the funding.

Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a has had a new TSB project awarded, to the value of £216,000, plus a Carbon Trust project to the value of £181,203.

Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a attended the Institute of Physics Conference "Sensors and their Applications" where he presented, plus chaired sessions.

Professor Burton, Professor Lalor and Dr Lilley attended the Photonics 2009 conference which took place from 6th to 10th October 2009 at Delphi, Greece.

Professor Burton, Professor Lalor and Dr Lilley were sucessful in their application for an EPSRC Feasibilty Account, worth £250,000.

Professor David Harvey has been awarded a Doctoral Training Award by the EPSRC Multi Disciplinary Research Centre at Loughborough University.

On 29th October 2009 GERI was visited by Mr Gordon McKenzie, the Deputy Director of the Higher Education Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Mr McKenzie was accompanied by Ms Alison Wild, Liverpool John Moores University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Administration. Ms Wild and Mr McKenzie met with Prof Dave Burton and were given a tour of the Institute.

September 2009


Over the summer GERI has played host to a number of Nuffield students who joined us for work experience placements.

CEORG has submitted an EPSRC Invited Application for a Feasibility Account. The full application was submitted jointly with Christie Hospital, Manchester, and UCLan.

Professor David Burton is visiting Helsinki from 7-9 Sptember 2009 to sit on the Photonics Evaluation Panel at the Academy of Finland.

Dr Paul French of the PIE Group was presented with a Promising New Researcher Award from the university. Paul was awarded £5,000 which he will use to fund a visit to Germany where he has established a link with the University of Stuttgart working on the machining and texturing of carbon composites.

Dr Andre Batako of AMTReL has been invited to resubmit a TSB bid for High Efficiency Deep Grinding (HEDG)

Dr Mike Morgan of AMTReL is to attend ISAAT2009 in Australia this month. His trip is funded by the Royal Society.

July 2009

Professor David Burton, Director of the Institute, and his band "Whitehorse" performed at St George's Hall on Friday 3rd July 2009 as part of the Liverpool Festival of Science, an event organised by Liverpool John Moores University and Maesto. The performance was part of a lecture given by Professor Burton to demonstrate the involvement of science in music.

On 9th July 2009 Dr Frederic Bezombes of the CEORG Division gave a presentation at the North West Photonics Association and Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum at the Daresbury Innovation Centre.

Dr Martin Sharp and Dr Paul French of the PIE Division attended the Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS 2009) which took place at Cambridge on 7-8 July 2009. Martin chaired one of the sessions and Paul presented a paper.

June 2009

The GERI Annual Research Symposium (GARS 2009) took place on Tuesday 23rd June 2009 and was a huge success. The keynote presenation was given by Professor Allan Boardman of the University of Salford. Prizes for Best Technical Paper, Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Presentation were awarded to Mr Steven Ross, Mr Ryan Yang and Mr Eric Bader respectively. More information on this year's conference can be found on the GARS website.

CEORG has progressed to the second round with its submission to the EPSRC Feasibility Account.

Dr Francis Lilley of CEORG has met with representatives from Double R Controls Limited to discuss enterprise activity in the form of the NWA Innovation Voucher Scheme which will transfer knowedge on the Moire Effect.

The Programme for this year's GERI Annual Research Symposium (GARS 2009) has been finalised. Anyone wishing to attend the Symposium is most welcome. The Symposium is a not-for-profit event and registration is free.

Dr Michael Morgan, of the AMTReL Division, has been invited to host the International Conference on Precision Machining in 2011.

Dr Andre Batako of the AMTReL Division has returned from a successful trip to China, touring Chinese manufacturing centres. He has established a number of valuable contacts which he will follow up with a view to inviting leading Chinese academics to collaborate with GERI.

May 2009

Those authors that successfully submitted abstracts to the GERI Annual Research Symposium 2009 are to submit their full papers before the deadline of Friday 12th June 2009.

CEORG has submitted an outline proposal to AHRC EPSRC for a Science and Heritage Programme Interdisciplinay Research Grant. This proposal is made in conjunction with the Conservation Centre, National Museums and Galleries Merseyside.

CEORG has submitted an outline proposal to the EPSRC Cross-Disciplinary Feasibility Account in conjunction with UCLan, North West Medical Physics and Christie Hospital Manchester. 

Professor David Burton, Director of GERI, has been invited to be a member of the Scientific Committee for the "Advance Phase Measurement Methods in Optical Metrology" conference to be held at Monte Verita, Locarno, Switzerland, in May 2010.

Mr Wu Hui of the AMTReL Divsion has submitted his PhD thesis and shall shortly be sitting his viva examination. Good luck Hui!

Dr Michael Morgan of the AMTReL Division is visiting J. E. Purkyne University, Czech Republic, under the Erasmus Scheme in order to strengthen ties and discuss future cooperations and links.

The RFM Division has secured a new R&D grant entitled "Real Time Monitoring of an Activiated Carbon Filter". This grant (worth £210,000) is supported by both the American and British Ministries of Defence.

The RFM Division has secured a new commercial grant funded by Ledwood (£73,000) researching a tuneable FMCW radar system.

The RFM Division has secured a new contract to the value of £85,000 with Biofuel Welsh, entitled "Microwave Plasma for Carbon Dioxide Decomposition".

April 2009

The GARS 2009 Organising Committee is pleased to confirm that this year's symposium will be sponsored by National Instruments, Thorlabs Ltd and GSI Ltd. The second call for papers has also been circulated and the deadine for receipt of abstracts is Friday 1st May 2009.

Two bids have progressed to the second round of the TSB resarch funding competition. Congratulations to Dr Andre Batako and Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a!

Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a, Head of the RFM Division, has secured three new projects with NWDA related to Advanced Microwave Plasma Welding, Design and Implementation of Stand Alone Software in Chemical Reactors for the Pharmaceutical Industry, and Software Design Analysis. The three projects will commence in May 2009.

Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a is to sign a new contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) fo a period of two years to research the online monitoring of activated carbon, starting 1st May 2009.

March 2009

The Organising Committee for the GERI Annual Research Symposium 2009 (GARS 2009) has been formed. GARS 2009 will take place on Tuesday 23rd June 2009 at the Peter Jost Enterprise Centre, Byrom Street, City Campus. The First Call for Papers has been circulated and abstracts are now being received. More information on GARS 2009 can be found on the GARS web pages.

An international meeting of all ECSON research partners took place in Magdeburg, Germany from 16th-18th March 2009. This was attended by Professor David Burton, Professor Michael Lalor, Dr Francis Lilley, Dr Munther Gdeisat, Dr Mark Murphy and Dr Stephane Gross.

Professor Ahmed Al Shamma'a, Head of the RFM Division, has signed a new 12 month R&D contract with Ledwood Technology Ltd, starting 1st April 2009. The project is entitled "Design Investigations and Construction of a Prototype Ledwood FMCW"

February 2009

Professor David Burton and Dr Francis Lilley visited Lancaster Castle to meet with its curator to discuss a potential project, involving the measurement of graffiti in the 18th Century prison cells.

January 2009

An international meeting of all ECSON research partners took place at Mottram Hall, Cheshire from 15th-17th January 2009 and was attended by Professor David Burton, Professor Michael Lalor, Dr Munter Gdeisat and Dr Francis Lilley of the CEORG Division of GERI, plus Dr Mark Murphy and Dr Stephane Gross, members of the LJMU Cell Mechanics Team. ECSON was established to publicise and disseminate the EPSRC funded MEGURATH research project. Representatives of medical, engineering, science and technology institutions attended.



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