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09/17: Katerina Gonos and Kharmen Billimoria completed their summer internship and mini-MSc project, respectively, in the Group.

08-09/17: Lukasz has been appointed as Visiting Associate at Caltech (Prof Kornfield Group)

06/17: Mikhail presented at the International Conference on Materials Modelling in Rome.

11/16: WP4 SINBAT project meeting takes place in the WMG/IINM. Workpackage partners from the MCL (Austria), University of Warsaw (Poland) and WMG met to discuss the progress on modelling and experimental activities.


01/09/16: Dr Mikhail Poluektov joins the NMG in the IINM to work as Research Fellow in the Horizon 2020 research project SINTBAT. He will work on the development of nonlinear micromechanical models for predicting the chemo-mechanical response of Si-based Li-ion batteries. Mikhail received his PhD from the Eindhoven University (the Netherlands) for his work on micromechanical modelling of semi-crystalline polymers, followed by his post-doctoral research work on concurrent multiscale modelling of magnetic materials at the Uppsala University in Sweden.

11-19/07/16: Edyta attended the Molecular Simulation Summer School at the University of Lancaster (UK). The School was co-organised by the CCP5 and CECAM (Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire).

07/16: Lukasz visited Prof Hua Deng from the College of Polymer Science and Technology at the Sichuan University in Chengdu (China), where delivered some lectures on polymer composites and nanocomposites.

01/03/16: Research project 'Silicon based materials and new processing technologies for improved lithium-ion batteries' SINTBAT funded by EU H2020 has started, and supported by VARTA. The SINTBAT project aims at the development of a cheap energy through a lithium-ion energy storage system offering in-service time for 20-25 years. More information on the project objectives and partners can be found here. The modelling activities in the project are led by Dr. Dhammika Widanalage (electrochemistry) and Dr Figiel (micromechanics).

04/02/16: Lukasz contributed to a short article about the UK need for multiscale modelling of graphene-based materials, including polymer-graphene nanocomposites, and stronger academia-industry interaction to address the challenge.

01/02/16: Research project BI-STRETCH-PLLA-WS2-FOR-BIOMED (BIaxial STRETCHing of PLLA-WS2 nanocomposites FOR thinner and stronger BIOMEDical scaffolds) has started. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 MC RISE action, and it involves the ENEA in Italy (Dr T. Di Luccio), Queens University Belfast (Dr G. Menary), University of Warwick (Dr L. Figiel, Dr T. Schiller and Prof T. McNally), and the California Institute of Technology in the USA (Prof J. Kornfield).

04/01/16: Nathan Parsons has started his PhD project in the Group. He will study nanoscopic behaviour of polymer-graphene nanocomposites using advanced experimental and modelling approaches. His PhD project is co-funded by the CDT in Molecular and Analytical Sciences (MAS) and WMG. His is co-supervised by Dr Neil Wilson from the Physics Department at Warwick.

30/11-04/12/15: Lukasz attended the Predictive Multiscale Materials Modelling Workshop held in the Isaac Newton Institute (INI) for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. The workshop was a partnership between the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling (Prof. Zabaras), the Turing Gateway to Mathematics (Jane Leeks), the INI and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).


02/11/15: Edyta Dzikon has started her PhD project in the Group. She will focus on the Multiscale Modelling of Interfacial Interactions and End-use Properties in Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites. Her PhD project is funded by the WMG.

27/10-30/10/15: Lukasz attended the 2nd Sino-UK Symposium on Polymer Nanocomposites at the Donghua University in Shanghai (China), a follow-up of the 1st Symposium organised at the Warwick University in December 2014. Lukasz gave a talk entitled 'Prediction of Local and Overall Behaviour of Polymer Nanocomposites via Multiscale Modelling'.

2nd UK-China

01/09/15: Felipe, Avantika and James (shown below) completed their summer research internships in the IINM.


19/06/15: Henry Charlesworth from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics for Real-World Systems starts his MSc project in the Group. Henry will work on molecular modelling of polymer-graphene interactions using coarse-grained MD simulations. He is co-supervised by Dr David Quigley from the Department of Physics and Centre for Scientific Computing at Warwick University.

09/04/15: Nathan Parsons starts his MSc mini-project in the Group. Nathan will work on the continuum modelling of polymer-graphene nanocomposites, with a special focus on the local behaviour and its effects on the macroscopic elastic constants of those systems using a Mori-Tanaka approach and FE modelling. He is co-supervised by Dr Neil Wilson from the Department of Physics at Warwick University.

29/03/15 - 02/04/15: Lukasz attended 16th International Conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers, in the Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade, The Netherlands. He presented a poster entitled 'Morphology evolution and macroscopic response of PLA-organoclay melts in extensional deformations: experiments and modelling'.