Manchester Imaging research honoured by the Queen

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The Queen presented The University of Manchester with a prestigious award in recognition of its world-leading imaging techniques and extensive knowledge base in advanced materials technology.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, accepted the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education from Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the morning of Thursday 27 February 2014.

Professor Rothwell was accompanied at the Palace by University Chancellor, Tom Bloxham, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Colin Bailey, Professor of Materials Imaging, Peter Lee, Professor of Nuclear Materials, Paul Mummery, and Professor of Materials Science Phil Withers, who accepted a scroll for the Prize from His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Five students from the School of Materials also attended the event.

The Manchester X-Ray Imaging Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Facility, Oxfordshire and Henry Mosley X-Ray Imaging Facility in Manchester are at the forefront in developing new techniques for the 3D imaging of structures and defects in materials, and interpreting the state of stress, microstructure and damage in engineering materials and components. Coupled with this is the University's knowledge and expertise to develop reliable models based on these imaging results to allow the development of engineered life-extending treatments and to accelerate the safe adoption of new manufacturing processes.  To date, the University has supported a wide network of 90 companies and 35 institutions providing unique insights into materials behaviour and failure, enabling innovation and direct impact to UK plc.

Peter Lee And David EastwoodProf Lee, MXIF Director, and associate Dr. Eastwood during an I13 beamtime experiment on lithium electrochemical cells

The University's innovative work is having significant impact over a wide range of sectors, including nuclear, aerospace, oil and gas, airport security, automotive, biomedical materials, manufacturing and defence.  It also produces wider benefits by transferring this knowledge and understanding into medical and life sciences, cultural heritage, palaeontology and food technology, as well as training future engineers and scientists in the use of leading imaging techniques.


Peter LeeProf Lee, MXIF Director, and associates Dr. Azeem, Dr. Karagadde, Dr. Dobson and Mr. Biao during a superalloy deformation experiment on I12