2012 News Archive

December 2012

Professor Xun Chen and industrial partners have made a successful submission to the Technology Strategy Board's High Value Manufacturing Competences - Feasibility Studies. The grant, "Feasibility Study on Spring Chamfering Automation," has been awarded funds of £28,000.

Six interns have been accepted to work with GERI and Delphi over the summer. The hope is to convert some of them into PhD students after they graduate from Hong Kong University. They are either Masters or final year degree students in Electronic Engineering.

Professor David Burton acted as external examiner for a viva at the Dublin Institute of Technology on 5th December 2012.

Members of GERI visited the Jaguar Land Rover plant on Monday 10th December 2012 to meet with JLR management and discuss potential research opportunities.

On Thursday 13th December 2012 GERI welcomed Ian Williams from the Electronics & IT Unit of the Department of Business Innovation & Skills. 

Professor Xun Chen has acted as external examiner for two PhD viva examinations, one at Brunel University, the other at Teeside University.

GERI is preparing a Memorandum of Understanding with Stankin University, Russia. This collaboration is being led by Dr Mike Morgan and Professor Xun Chen.

Dr Martin Sharp sat on the EPSRC Panel for the call in reconfigurable manufacturing.

Mr Paul Johnson took and passed his viva on Friday 14th December 2012.

November 2012

The ERDF claim for quarter 3 (2012) has been submitted, covering July - September (PMR and finance). Also, a change control has been drafted for increased funds covering the ME region.

CEORG is working with testing company Exova Oil & Gas Division as part of the GERI ERDF initiative to conduct surface metrology on oil pipes.

Mr Khaled Alzahrani took his PhD viva on Friday 23rd November 2012, passing subject to minor amendments.

Mr Pitipong Benjarungroj took his viva on Tuesday 6th November 2012, passing his MPhil subject to minor amendments.

Dr Paul French, Dr Francis Lilley, Dr Martin Sharp and Dr Andre Batako were invited GERI exhibitors on a joint stand with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership at the Advanced Engineering UK Event at the Birmingham NEC on the 7th and 8th November 2012. This was an excellent networking event cementing the close relationship between GERI and the LEP which had invited the Institute to share its stand at this prestigious national engineering event.

On Friday 16th November 2012, Professor David Burton and other LJMU research managers met with the Vice Chancellor and John Alty, Acting Director of Knowledge and Innovation, BIS.

Dr Martin Sharp represented GERI at a UK Innovation Forum Event at Daresbury on 14th November 2012. Several promising contacts were made.

October 2012

Currently 60 companies are active enquiries at present for the ERDF outreach project. We have completed 20 business assists. There is the possibility of an extension of funds to cover the ME region. This change request will be submitted in late November.

GERI has been invited to the Advanced Engineering UK Event at Birmingham NEC on the 7th and 8th November 2012, sharing a stand with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

GERI will have coverage in the Liverpool Manufacturing Brochure developed by the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership to promote the region as a centre of excellence in manufacturing.

Mr Anthony Walker will sit on the regional manufacturing strategy forum that will meet quarterly to discuss ways of promoting manufacturing capability and forging stronger links with key regional stakeholders.

Dr Martin Sharp attended the Nuffield Celebration Evening at the World Museum on Wednesday 17th October 2012. Four Nuffield students had posters of their work from GERI displayed.

Dr Tahsin Opoz joined GERI as a senior lecturer. Specialising in micro machining and micro EDM, he will be working for Professor Xun Chen in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group.

Dr Mike Morgan continues to negotiate with industrial partners to set the TSB project on vibro mass finishing. The project will start in November.

Following AMTReL student Siew Yan Goh's receipt of a best paper award from the ICMR2012 conference, Dr Andre Batako intends to explore potential industrial applications with Mahr UK and MTC.

Following the successful initiation of the collaboration with USST in setting up an LJMU Shanghai Grinding Institute, AMTReL is in the process of detailing the action plan. Further to this, Prof Xun Chen is currently working with Jilin University in China to apply to the Royal Society for support of research on mass production methods for microstructural functional surfaces. These plans and applications are supported by the GERI team as a whole.

Professor Xun Chen has recently set up a long collaboration with Performance Springs Limited to improve spring manufacturing productivity and quality. The first step will be to apply for a TSB feasibility study fund for spring chamfering.

Prof Xun Chen has been invited to present his work, "Grinding Thermal Behaviour & Temperature Monitoring by Acoustic Emission" at the 2012 Saint-Gobain Grinding Research Symposium, taking place at Northborough, USA on 8th November 2012.

September 2012

GERI welcomed Haolin Li, Jainguo Liu and Tao Pan from Shanghai University on 20th September 2012. The Shanghai delegates met with staff from GERI and the School of Engineering, Technology & Maritime Operations to discuss forming links with Shanghai.

Professor David Burton presented papers at the Photonics in Engineering Conference (Photon12) which took place from 3-6 September 2012 in Durham, UK.

Professor David Harvey presented three papers at the Electronics System Integration Technology Conference (IEEE/ESTC 2012) which took place 17-20 September 2012 in Amsterdam.

Professor David Harvey met with distinguished Professor Y C Chan from Hong Kong City University at ESTC 2012. They are working to send 4 summer interns to LJMU to help build a relationship. This has the potential for major joint work.

Anthony Walker and Dr Martin Sharp represented GERI and the ERDF Outreach project at the Chester and West Cheshire Local Enterprise Partnership event to showcase regional ERDF projects.

Dr Andre Batako and Miss Siew Yan Goh won the Best Paper award for their paper "A study of workpiece roundness profile frequency components in cylindrical plunge grinding" at the International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2012), which took place from 11-13 September 2012 at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK. 

GERI is currently actively supporting 57 companies under the ERDF Outreach project. There are 20 business assists and 14 proposals either in progress or submitted.

Anthony Walker has been invited to sit on a panel to discuss regional manufacturing strategy with the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership. The first strategy meeting is early October.

Anthony Walker has been invited to judge the Northwest Automotive Alliance Company of the Year awards. This takes place at the end of September at Daresbury Innovation Centre.

Dr Paul French represented GERI on the Northwest Automotive Alliance stand at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event on 5-6 September 2012.

A proposal submitted by Proferssor David Harvey has been shortlisted from the first round, giving it a 50% chance for IeMRC/EPSRC funding. Worth £316k (£395k FEC) the LIVeGREEN proposal is submitted on green electronics in conjunction with Greenwich University with LJMU as lead partner.

Five Nuffield students successfully completed projects within the PIE Group and with Anthony Walker: Matthew Kemp, Ian Wang, Naomi Murray, Katherine Walker and Luke Collins. They will be giving poster presentations at the Nuffield celebration evening at the World Museum on 17th October 2012. Dr Martin Sharp will be judging at this event.

GERI has taken back possession of its laboratories post-refurbishment. The Cell Group's laboratory is established, with confocal and AFM microscopes installed.

Dr Martin Sharp conducted a PhD examination at the University of Manchester on the Laser Cutting of Stents.

Dr Paul French and Dr Martin Sharp have conducted laser processing trials in collaboration with Professor Kuzin of Moscow's Stankin University.

Professor David Harvey has re-established contact with Fraunhofer IZM, world leaders in embedded chip technology. They will be sending some novel power electronics module to GERI for ultrasound analysis. Previously we have successfully measured problems with their hidden dies using ultrasound. This has potential for future EU joint projects.

Dr Martin Sharp has been invited to sit on a Panel for the EPSRC call in reconfigurable manufacturing.

July 2012

GERI has enjoyed a three month visit from Professor Sergey Dovgalets of Ukraine. Professor Dovgalets has signed an agreement with LJMU on behalf of Vinnitsa University, Ukraine, to maintain a working relationship between the two universities.

GERI has been developing its relationship with four universities in China, established by Dr Ming Zhang on his trip to China last month.

GERI is currently working on a bit to the EPSRC's Next Generation Microscopy call.

Monday 9th July 2012 saw Dr Derek Braden, Dr Ryan Yang and Dr Vaios Tsiakoumis graduate with their PhD's at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

June 2012

The GERI Annual Research Symposium took place on Wednesday 20th June 2012 and was opened by the Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Nigel Weatherill. The keynote speech was given by Mr. Alan Welby, Executive Director of Key Growth Sectors, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

GERI welcomed a visit by five academics from the Moscow State Technological University, Russia. The academics met with Dr Andre Batako of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory and also took part in the GERI Annual Research Symposium.

Between 15th May 2012 and 4th June 2012 Dr Guang Ming Zhang visited four universities in China and attended the 2012 Far East Forum on Non-Destructive Evaluation/Testing in Hefei. Dr. Zhang discussed potential joint proposals  and drafted agreements for collaboration between Xi'an University of Post & Communication, Xi'an University of Science & Technology and Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Zhang also gave an invited presentation at the School of Mechanical Engineering and the State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Manufacturing Systems at Xi'an Jiaotong University.

Dr Michael Morgan, of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory, has been awarded a grant from TSB. Entitled "Thermally Treated Recycled Glass as a Vibratory Finishing Abrasive Technology" the project will involve industrial partners: Vibraglaz (UK) Ltd., Rolls Royce Plc., Finishing Techniques Ltd., The Manufacturing Technology Centre and Potters-Ballotini Ltd. The Project will commence in September 2012, last for two years and is worth £192,000.

Mr Mohammad Qudeisat of the CEORG Group passed his viva on Thursday 21st June 2012. This is GERI's third successful viva in a month.

Dr Martin Sharp sat on the EPSRC Panel for the outline submission to the EPSRC Call for Centres for Innovative Manufacture on 22nd June 2012.

May 2012

Dr Martin Sharp chaired a session on Additive Manufacturing at the Materials KTN AGM held in London on 3rd May 2012.

On 9th May 2012 Professor David Burton met with Jeffery Soong, LJMU's South East Asia Regional Director, to discuss potential PhD level links with Malaysian universities.

Mr Derek Braden from the Electronic and Ultrasonic sub-division of GERI had his PhD viva on Friday 11th May 2012 and passed subject to minor amendments.

Professor Xun Chen has been appointed as an external PhD examiner for the University of Sheffield and the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

Professor David Burton has been apppointed as an external PhD examiner for Warwick University.

April 2012

GERI has welcomed a prestigious visiting scholar, Professor Sergey Dovgalets, Dean at Vinnitsa National Technical University in Ukraine,who is working with Dr Frederic Bezombes at GERI during his three month visit, developing novel optical filters and hoping to build on an emerging collaboration with the Nobel Prize Winning Graphene research team at the University of Manchester.

Mr Ryan Yang from the Electronic and Ultrasonic sub-division of GERI had his PhD viva on Thursday 18th April 2012 and passed subject to minor amendments.

Dr Andre Batako has secured £3000 support for a PhD project from Rolls Royce.

Dr Francis Lilley was a PhD examiner for the University of Girona, Spain (by correspondence).

March 2012

Dr Olexsandra Novosylna, a researcher from the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine, is visiting GERI for 3 months on a travel grant. She is working with Dr Mark Murphy and Miss Annette Doyle on cell structure and mechanics.

The GARS 2012 Committee is organising the 7th GERI Annual Research Sympsium which will take place on Wednesday 20th June 2012 at the Peter Jost Centre, Byrom Street Campus. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 20th April 2012.

Mr Adam Wilkinson has commenced his PhD at GERI with Professor Xun Chen of the Advanced Manufacturing Group.

Dr Paul French participated in the judging panel for Metalworking Production's Annual Manufacturing Awards.

Dr Paul French gave a 3 minute "pitch" at a Next Generation Composites Wing supply chain meeting held in Wrexham. As a result, Paul has received new enquiries regarding the laser processing of carbon fibre components.

Dr Martin Sharp and Dr Paul French visited the Textiles Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield which is involved in the development of a novel laser assisted finishing process for textiles. 

February 2012


New Professorships & Lecturing Post:

Two new Professorships and a Lecturing post are about to become available within The General Engineering Research Institute (GERI) at Liverpool John Moores University.

The two Professorships are in the following areas;

  • Professor of Applied Optics, within the Coherent & Electro-Optics (CEORG) Division of GERI
  • Professor in Cell Mechanics, within the Cell Mechanics Group

The Lecturing Post is with the AMTReL Division of GERI.

For background informaton on the CEORG and AMTReL Divisions of GERI and The Cell Mechanics Group, Please Follow The Hyperlinks Below;

Details of these vacancies can be found in the 'current vacancies' area of the LJMU website. To go there follow this link.


The GERI Outreach Project features in the February edition of the LJMU Staff Magazine http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/staffmagazine/121928.htm on page 17.

A meeting, "Introduction to GERI" is being held in the GERI building on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 organised by GERI and the local Manufacturing and Management Group of the IET.

A paper by Dr Munther Gdeisat, Dr Francis Lilley and Professor David Burton has been accepted for publication in Optics Express, which is currently the highest rated Optics journal.

Dr Andre Batako submitted a proposal to the Royal Society Travel Grant in collaboration with Professor Valeri Kuzin and Dr Elena Kuzina from the Moscow State Technological University, Russia. This is a very prestigious collaboration, aiming to develop new ceramic cutting tools for machining. MSTU is the Russian equivalent of the UK's "Oxbridge" and this will hopefully lead to the submission of future collaborative research grant bids with MSTU.

Professor Xun Chen has been invited to present his work on the application of finte element method and molecular dynamics in ultra precision machining at the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Materials Processing in China on 14-17 June this year.

Professor David Harvey has been invited to sit on the Programme Committee as International Chair of the International Conference on Computer and Communication Technology 2012 (ICCCT2012) in India. This after being International Programme Chair for ICCCT 2010, and 2011.

Professor David Harvey was PhD examiner at University of Greenwich, London and at the Indian School of Mines (by correspondence).

Mr Ryan Yang, Professor David Harvey, Dr Guang Ming Zhang and Mr Derek Braden (Delphi) have had a paper entitled "Through lifetime monitoring of solder joints using acoustic micro imaging" published in the Journal of Soldering and Surface Mount Technology.

Dr Guang Ming Zhang has been asked to give an invited lecture at the 9th Far East NDT 2012 forum in China, with all subsistence expenses paid.

Dr Guang Ming Zhang was awarded a £220 voucher for his submission in an open competition for optics research initiatives run by Edmund Optics.

Professor David Harvey has submitted a first stage proposal to the EUOLAE+ worth 1,555,000 Euro in conjunction with Oxford University and Double R Controls.

Dr Martin Sharp has been invited to attend and present at a Dept. BIS funded two day workshop on developing a strategy for laser materials processing.

Dr Paul French is on the judging panel for the Metalworking Production Magazines Advanced Manufacturing Awards. Other panellists include Professor Keith Ridgway, Director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at Sheffield, Colin Sirett, Head of Research and Technology for Airbus, Phil Harpham, Group Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery.

Dr Martin Sharp attended the Manufacturing Technology Association (MTA) Awards ceremony in Birmingham on 1st February 2012.

An article has appeared in Laser Systems Europe Magazine featuring the work of Dr Paul French on laser machining of composites with GKN Aerospace and JK Lasers.

January 2012

The Book: Precision Machining VI is now available. Edited by M N Morgan, A Shaw and O Mgaloblishvili; ISBN 13: 978-3-03785-297-2; Trans Tech Publications.

Dr Munther Gdeisat has just completed the writing of his text book on MATLAB Programming which should go to publication shortly.

Dr Martin Sharp visited Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, PRC, and Tsinghua University, Beijing, PRC, and also visited two start-up laser companies to discuss potential collaboration.

GERI hosted a visit by Professor Valeri Kuzin and Dr Elena Kuzina from the Moscow State Technological University from 10-13 January 2012.

Professor Xun Chen took up his post as Professor of Advanced Manufacturing on 1st January 2012.

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