Research Showcase

RCaH continues to deliver outstanding and impactful science of international quality.

Here are some recent research highlights.

Research into nanobodies from llamas continues to reveal exciting developments in the fight against COVID-19

Key research by a team involving the Research Complex at Harwell into how nanobodies derived from llamas can neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus has revealed further how these nanobodies attach to key spike protein the virus uses to attach itself to human cells. Starting with a large library of simple llama antibodies, a large collaborative research…

Collaborative study reveals new details on how bacteria transfer DNA to resist antibiotics

Scientists at the Research Complex at Harwell have collaborated in a study published in Nature Microbiology that reveals new details about how bacteria transfer DNA in order to resist antibiotics. Conjugation is the transfer of genetic material between bacterial cells by direct cell-to-cell contact or by a bridge-like connection between two cells. It facilitates the spread of virulence…

Case Study: New study promises reduced wastage and energy consumption in automotive applications

A collaborative study, developed at the Research Complex at Harwell, between University College London (UCL), the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), Diamond Light Source and Ford Motor Company has successfully resulted in predictive modelling to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. The work aimed to understand and predict the microstructural features formed during the high…

New insights into laser 3D metal printing provide critical guidance in reducing porosity

Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) additive manufacturing is a laser 3D metal printing technology that is being widely explored in both industry and academia for the production of metal parts with reduced material waste and improved design flexibility. However, the presence of porosity is an Achilles’ heel in LPBF under high laser energies.  How do…