Research Showcase

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

Here are some recent research highlights.

Synchrotron X-ray tomography provides valuable insight for future designs with ductile cast irons

Ductile cast irons (DCIs) are becoming increasingly important for industries working in renewable energy and transportation. They are stronger, tougher and less expensive than gray cast iron, which is commonly used for automotive brake systems as it transfers heat well and has excellent machinability qualities. Whilst strong, gray iron can be brittle, whereas DCI is…

Structure of SapA from the human pathogen Haemophilus influenzae reveals new interactions to help fight against respiratory illness

Efforts led by scientists at the Research Complex at Harwell, Diamond Light Source and University of Oxford have revealed new interactions in the structure of Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) SapA to help fight against respiratory illness, opening up the pathway for new research to battle the third leading cause of death globally. Respiratory illness currently ranks…

Brightest ever X-ray shows lung vessels altered by Covid-19

The damage caused by Covid-19 to the lungs’ smallest blood vessels has been intricately captured using high-energy X-rays emitted by a special type of particle accelerator. The Research Complex at Harwell and scientists from University College London (UCL) and the European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF) have used a new revolutionary imaging technology called Hierarchical Phase-Contrast…

Research reveals how bacteria hijacks proteins to transport antibacterial peptides

Bacterial species are under continuous warfare with each other for access to nutrients. To gain an advantage in this struggle, they produce antibacterial compounds that target and kill closely related species. Now, researchers led by the Research Complex’s Dr. Konstantinos Beis from Imperial College London, together with Professor Jonathan Heddle from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, have…