Artificial neurons mimic complex brain abilities for next-generation AI computing
9 May 2023
AI and data science Materials science Research
Researchers have created atomically thin artificial neurons capable of processing both light and electric signals for computing.
Oxford’s Professor Saiful Islam one of three to receive Honorary Fellow accolade from the British Science Association
9 December 2022
Saiful Islam, Professor of Materials Modelling in the Department of Materials, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association (BSA) for his work on new materials for lithium and sodium batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and perovskite solar cells in the field of energy.
Oxford University joins €2.9 million Quantum Technologies Flagship project
3 November 2022
Engineering Funding Materials science
The grant to Professor Natalia Ares from the Department of Engineering Science will fund the ASPECTS consortium, which brings together leading experimental and theoretical physicists across Europe with the common goal of uncovering the limitations of natural timekeeping devices to assess whether precision measurements can be more energy efficient.
MPLS researchers amongst four from Oxford to be awarded £100,000 Philip Leverhulme prizes
21 October 2022
Award Climate Engineering Materials science Research Sustainability & the environment
Four researchers from across the University of Oxford, including two from the Department of Materials and the Department of Engineering Science, have been awarded Philip Leverhulme prizes – the largest number awarded to researchers of any single UK university.
Oxford to host Electric Vehicle Summit on growth, investment and decarbonisation
20 October 2022
Chemistry Energy Engineering Innovation and Enterprise MPLS Materials science Physics
The 2022 Oxford Electric Vehicle Summit will focus on growth and investment, as it returns to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. The event is in partnership with Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University and aims to deliver on decarbonised transport in the UK, and beyond.
Oxford to collaborate with Digital University Kerala on nanotechnology, AI, sustainability, digital health, and innovation
13 October 2022
AI and data science Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Physical sciences underpinning health Research Sustainability & the environment
The University of Oxford has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new collaboration with the Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology in India (known as Digital University Kerala or DUK).
OSCAR research team wins regional finals of 'Maker in China' SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest
6 October 2022
Award Energy Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Research Sustainability & the environment
A team of researchers from the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) in China, the University of Oxford’s only engineering and physical sciences research institute outside of the UK, has won first place in the regional finals of the ‘Maker in China’ Jiangsu SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest 2022.
Students take up Black Academic Futures Scholarships thanks to support from 'activist investor’
28 September 2022
Funding Materials science Sustainability & the environment Women in science
A DPhil candidate in the Department of Materials is amongst three 2022-entry Scholars to embark on postgraduate studies with support from the Black Academic Futures programme, with a fourth Scholar due to join in 2023/24.
Oxford to host net zero technology summit
1 September 2022
Climate Engineering Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Physics
A summit today at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government will explore and map how innovation can help the world to net zero, faster.
Six MPLS researchers honoured with Royal Society medals
24 August 2022
Award Chemistry Engineering MPLS Materials science Maths Physics
Each year, the Royal Society recognises exceptional research achievements through a series of prestigious medals and prizes named after great scientists of the past. This year eight Oxford University researchers, six of them from MPLS Division, have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to science and medicine.
Solar is the cheapest power, and a literal light-bulb moment showed us we can cut costs and emissions even further
1 August 2022
Energy Functional materials Materials science Research The Conversation
In an article first published on the Conversation, Matthew Wright (Department of Materials), together with colleagues Bruno Vicari Stefani from CSIRO and Brett Hallam from UNSW Sydney, explain how rethinking the type of silicon used in solar cells could make them much more efficient.
Seeing the light: researchers develop new AI system using light to learn associatively
27 July 2022
AI and data science Materials science Research
New AI uses associative learning techniques rather than AI’s traditional neural networks to challenge the conventional wisdom that artificial neurons and synapses are the sole building blocks of AI.
Researchers develop world's first ultra-fast photonic computing processor, using polarisation
16 June 2022
Computer science Functional materials Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Research
The innovative technique, developed in the Department of Materials, uses multiple polarisation channels to carry out parallel processing – enhancing computing density by several orders over conventional electronic chips.
University launches new cross-sector sustainable energy transition hub with energy crisis forum
27 May 2022
Business and Industry Climate Engineering Functional materials Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Research Sustainability & the environment
On Thursday 26 May, the University’s brand new £3.25m Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute and Energy Systems Accelerator pilot (Mini-TESA), led from MPLS Division, opened their doors to showcase the range and depth of ambition in Oxford to drive forward the energy systems transition for the UK and globally.
Chemistry researchers to develop novel energy and bioelectronic materials with new EPSRC Programme Grant
18 May 2022
Chemistry Funding Materials science
Professors Andrew Goodwin and Iain McCullogh in the Department of Chemistry are part of the team of 10 researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge that will be at the forefront of work that on a new generation of soft functional materials.
Oxford joins UK consortium to build auto-calibrated quantum control system
12 April 2022
Engineering Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Quantum Research
Funded by Innovate UK, the £6.8M project will apply machine learning techniques to find fast, automated, and scalable ways to calibrate quantum computers. The aim is to build a system capable of controlling hundreds of qubits simultaneously across different types of quantum hardware.
Professor Susie Speller awarded a five year £2.4M Fellowship under the new EPSRC Open Plus scheme
1 April 2022
Equality and Diversity Funding Materials science
Prof Speller will lead research on high temperature superconductors for fusion technologies and new initiatives aimed at widening participation in STEM.
Professor Edmund Tarleton awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship
24 March 2022
Award Engineering Functional materials Materials science
‘Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production’ (STEP) aims to deliver a prototype fusion reactor with the potential to provide unlimited clean energy.
New £3m EPSRC-funded programme in Robust and Reliable Quantum Computing - RoaRQ
22 March 2022
Computer science Funding Materials science Physics Quantum
The programme will establish a cross-disciplinary community of researchers in quantum computing and computer science, who will collaborate to address the global challenge of delivering quantum computing that is robust, reliable, and trustworthy.
Researchers develop the world's first power-free frequency tuner using nanomaterials
21 March 2022
Functional materials Materials science Research
Phase-change nanowires could serve as the ultimate tunable frequency synthesizers and filters for the future of IoT and 5G networks.