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Professor James Naismith stepping down as Director to become Rosalind Franklin Institute Director

29 Nov 2018

Professor James Naismith, Director of the Research Complex at Harwell, will be stepping down from June 2019 to take on a new role as Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute. The Rosalind Franklin Institute, a new institute designed to deliver transformative technologies to advance life sciences, will work closely with a range of campus partners,…

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​Jacqui Cole

BASF & Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship in Data Driven Molecular Engineering of Functional Material

18 Oct 2018

The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded Jacqui Cole, who has a joint appointment with Cambridge University and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, a 5-year Fellowship under their Research Chair and Senior Research Fellowship scheme. ​Jacqui Cole is Head of Molecular Engineering at Cambridge has a long history of collaboration with the Science and Technologies Facilities…

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EPSRC announces further £14 million to keep UK Catalysis Hub sparking

08 Oct 2018

A new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub that will support a nationwide research programme is announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Centred at the Research Complex at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Hub will co-ordinate a collaborative…

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RCaH scientists find secret to better ice cream

22 Jul 2018

The taste and feel of ice cream are directly dependent on its microscopic crystalline structure. However, this structure changes if storage temperatures rise above -30°C, which is the case during transportation and also in domestic and supermarket freezers. This is potentially a problem for ice cream manufacturers, who want to preserve the unique taste of…

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Open Day at RCaH

23 Jun 2018

On 21 June 2018, the Research Complex at Harwell celebrated the annual MRC Festival by opening its doors to Key Stage 3 school students (13-14 years old). Fifty school students from five local schools and their teachers attended the event. Thanks to the research groups and staff here, the school students were offered a range…

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Summer Conference at UK Catalysis Hub

20 Jun 2018

Our Summer Conference on 19-20 June 2018 was attended by more than 160 scientists and engineers across the breadth of catalysis – heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio – bridging the disciplines of chemistry, engineering and biology. There were many informative and entertaining talks and presentations. Speakers included: Professor Andrew Weller (Oxford), Professor Helen Hailes (UCL), Dr Pawel Plucinski (Bath), Dr Natalie…

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7,000th paper for Diamond

19 Jun 2018

A paper in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) by an international scientific collaboration from the UK, Germany and Switzerland is the 7,000th to be published as a result of innovative research conducted at Diamond Light Source. The paper reveals details of the 3D spin structure of magnetic skyrmions, and will be of…

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RCaH postdoc wins Anne McLaren Research Fellowship

29 Apr 2018

Karen Robertson has been awarded an Anne McLaren Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham. Karen attributes her success in gaining this award ‘in part to the support I have received at the Research Complex at Harwell’. She adds: ‘I have found Professor Naismith to be very approachable. He wrote a letter of support for my…

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Scientist wins outstanding achievement award in the field of catalytic science

19 Dec 2017

The UK Catalysis Hub has named Professor Charlotte Williams from the University of Oxford as person of outstanding achievement in catalysis for multidisciplinary contributions to the development and applications of catalysts for sustainable chemistry.

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