Aside from our scientific and technological pursuits, Graphenea strives to engage in education on a broader scale. Along this direction, Graphenea's Alba Centeno and Beatriz Alonso gave an introductory talk at the London's Imperial College Department of Materials' 5th Postdoctoral Symposium. Graphenea also sponsored a prize for the best talk.
The traditional symposium gives postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to show their research in front of their peers, either through an oral presentation or on a poster. Dr. Victoria García Rocha, an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellow, won the prize with a talk entitled “Engineering 3D Architectures From Chemically Modified Graphene”.
Image courtesy of CASC.
Dr. García Rocha works at the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC). CASC started in July 2008 with national EPSRC funding (£5.5M) for a five-year program. At the end of the national funding period, the research unit continued to function as an industrial consortium. The CASC, directed by Professor Eduardo Saiz Gutierrez and guided by industrial partners, has developed a significant number of active industrial collaborations both abroad and from the UK. The industrial consortium has built on CASC's early success, enabling its sustainability and continuing a long-term fruitful relationship between CASC-associated academics and the industrial structural ceramics community. Graphenea is a partner of CASC.
CASC is embedded in and draws its resources from the College's Department of Materials, which houses a large number of scientists working on a wide range of materials-related topics, including biomaterials, ceramics and glasses, engineering alloys, functional materials, nanotechnology, and theory and simulation. The department is the oldest of its kind in the UK, and houses over one hundred postgraduate students, as well as world-class facilities for material characterization.