54th Newton Lecture by the Head of the School

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On Tuesday 4th of July 2017 Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, the founding head of the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln, gave a lecture ‘From Newton’s Light to Electromagnetic Waves: A Path to Enlightening’ at the King’s School in Grantham. The school was founded in 1528 and attended by Isaac Newton. The lecture was 54th Newton lecture with the first one being in 1960. Andrei’s talk described ideas of light, from Newton’s concept of colour to the modern description of electromagnetic waves and their multiple applications. The lecture was attended by the students, staff and members of the Board of Governors and was followed by the Vote of Thanks from the Head Boy during which Andrei was presented with an “Newton apple”.

After the lecture. L-R: Oliver Jakes (Head Boy), Miss Sara Jones (Subject Leader, Physics), Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky, Mr Frank Hedley (Head Master) and Matthew Dixon (Deputy Head…

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Visit to Moorfield Nanotechnology

My visit to Moorfield Nanotechnology in Knutsford, with Dr Matthew Booth and Dr Vladimir Elkin from the Lincoln Materials for Energy Research Group, brought back many happy memories of the fantastic times I had working for VSW Scientific Ltd before embarking on an academic career. VSW provided a bridge from the hussle and bustle of high pressure environment in industry and creative and slower pace of academia. I worked with some great scientists such as Professor Sir David King, Professor John Foord, Professor Neville Richardson and Professor David Armour designing and building state of the art scientific equipment. They inspired me to build an academic career which has been highly rewarding and enjoyable so far.

Moorfield Nanotechnology

Micro and Nanomanufacturing Volume 2 Edited by Waqar Ahmed and Mark J Jackson – due out soon

When the eminent Professor Mark J Jackson asked me to edit Volume 2 of Micro and Nanomanufacturing with him I was naturally delighted because working with Mark is always fun and we have been very prolific over the last 10 years. The first volume published by Springer  and edited by Mark has been very successful with over 14404 downloads.


Micro and Nanomanufacturing provides a comprehensive treatment of established micro & nano fabrication techniques and addresses the needs of practicing manufacturing engineers by applying established and research laboratory manufacturing techniques to a wide variety of materials.

Engineers seeking more knowledge of how nano and micro devices are designed and fabricated will learn:

  • Manufacturing and fabrication at the micro and nanoscales
  • Using bulk and surface micromachining techniques, LiGA and deep x-ray lithography to manufacture semiconductors
  • Producing master molds with micromachining
  • The deposition of thin films, pulsed water drop machining, and nanomachining

Since the publication of the first volume significant progress in materials and manufacturing technologies has been made. Hence, Micro and Nanomanufacturing Volume 2 contains eighteen completely new chapters from leading international experts. The book is now complete and being prepared by Springer for publication and coming out soon. I am  so excited about receiving my copy in the post from Springer.


Industrial and Econo-physics

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Physics students in their second year at Lincoln gave fantastic feedback regarding the Industrial and Econophysics module. This module is intended to showcase some of the industrial applications of physics, with a focus on the finance sector towards the end of the module.

A series of guest lectures were given by local industrialists from a range of industries in which physics is a primary tool. Our local industrial partners include Micrometric Ltd, Teledyne e2v (UK) Ltd and the Radiotherapy Physics department at Lincoln County Hospital. In addition to the guest lectures, students were given the opportunity to visit the relevant industrial sites around the city of Lincoln.

IMG_0575 Students visit Micrometric Ltd – a local SME with expertise in laser manufacturing.

Students were also given a case study assignment about Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility which they had visited the previous year. The students prepared a professional-quality poster on the subject matter from one of the…

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Abdullah feeling great after completing PhD amendments – well done.

Abdullah has been a credit to his group from Shah Abdul Latif University. Smart, hard working and thinking about the progress of the group over the last 3 years. The journey is almost complete with a PhD in Knowledge Sharing Processes for Identity Theft Prevention within Online Retail Organisations. I wish him great success in the future. It has been a privilege and pleasure working with him.


Fantastic visit to Surface Science Lab in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at Liverpool University

I enjoyed our visit and discussions at the University of Liverpool Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy with Dr Matthew Booth and Dr Vladimir Elkin. This is going to be a fantastic collaboration for our research group – I’m really excited about the future of this research efforts.


MEQ results: the best school in the University

The School of Mathematics and Physics is the top school at the University of Lincoln in the Module Evaluation Questionnaires completed by students. Well done to all staff and students for this fantastic achievement.

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As a result of the latest Module Evaluation by students (MEQ) the School of Mathematics and Physics came first amongst all the school in the University of Lincoln! The competition was tough, as the second school is just 1% behind us! Congratulations!

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Great achievement for Abdel Majid in Passing PhD Viva

After challenging times I am proud of Abdel Majid for passing his PhD viva with very minor corrections. The examiners commended Abdel for doing excellent work in very short time.

With corrections completed it’s almost time for him to depart back to his home to continue his career.

We all wish him great success in the future.


Materials for Renewable Energy – collaboration with Stephenson Institute at Liverpool University

The Lincoln Materials for Energy Group, an integral part of the Materials Platform are collaborating with Dr Vin Dhanak and his team from Stephen Institute for Renewable Energy.


Fantastic Revision Tips from Simon and Martin

Here are fantastic revision tips from Simon and Martin from our School Mathematics and Physics.