New Group members

Katy Ainsworth joined the group over summer as a Metals DTC Student, she will be working on silver nanowires for transparend conductor applications. Halil Yilmaz has joined having just finished an Advanced Engineering Materials MSc project. He will be looking at the mechanical properties of bcc nanowires. Two new students are co-supervised with Ian Kinloch, they are Marayam Saeed who will be studying the CVD of graphene on liquid substrates and Samir Al-Hilfi who will be investigating CVD graphene on Cu and Cu-Ni substrates. Full Bios to follow.

Monday, November 25th, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

Introducing Pei He

Pei He graduated from Xidian University with a BEng in Telecommunication Engineering, China, in 2009. Then he studied organic electronic devices at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and obtained his MEng degree in Electronic Engineering, China, in 2012. Then he got the CSC scholarship from Chinese government to pursue the PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Brian Derby. His research now is focused on inkjet printing graphene-based materials for transparent conductor applications.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 Group Updates No Comments

Introducing Amanda Lewis

Amanda Lewis

Amanda graduated from the University of Bath in 2009 with a BSc (hons) in physics, during which she completed an industrial placement year working with Raman optical tweezers and confocal microscopy at the Lasers for Science Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laborartory. She is now a member of the North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre (NOWNano DTC), and is conducting a PhD researching chemical vapour deposition of graphene under the joint supervision of Professor Ian Kinloch and Professor Brian Derby. Her research is focussed on understanding the manner in which reaction conditions affect the deposited graphene films.

Monday, April 15th, 2013 Group Updates No Comments

New Group Members

We would like to introduce two of our new PhD candidates: Yuanyuan Liu and Zhuolun Yao

Yuanyuan Liu

Yuanyuan Liu graduated with a BEng in Ceramic Composite Materials from Zhengzhou University, China in 2010.  In 2012, she got her Master degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Then she commenced a CSC scholarship to pursue a PhD on “Inkjet printing of ceramics” under the supervision of Professor Derby. Her research now is mainly focus on the “coffee stain” and defects in 3D printed ceramics.


Zhuolun Yao

Zhuolun Yao started a four year MEng program in Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering with the University of Manchester in 2008. During this time he successfully completed two research projects on optimising inkjet printing for tissue engineering under the supervision of Professor Brian Derby and Dr Rachel Saunders. He obtained his MEng (Hons) in 2012 and has since been awarded the opportunity to pursue further research with the group through a PDS funded PhD Studentship. His current research focus is on the suitability of different hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering and their printing characteristics. During his time with the university, Zhuolun was heavily involved with Student As Partners, taking on various the roles, including PASS Leader, Peer Mentor, Student Consultant, Student Coordinator, as well as representing the University of Manchester in the National PASS Leader Conference in 2011.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 Group Updates No Comments


Congratulations to Miss Anne Markey for coming  joint first with her presentation entitled “Tissue engineering of cartilage for use in head and neck surgery”.

The Surgical Trainees’ Prize Evening was hosted by the Manchester Medical Society.

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 Prizes No Comments

Dr Alastair Selby

Everyone at the Derby Group would like to congratulate Alastair Selby on the successful defence of his thesis entitled

“Nanoindentation of soft contact lens materials”.

Well done Dr Selby!


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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 Group Updates No Comments

INSIDE Festival 2011

Brian Derby speaks at the INSIDE festival 2011

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012 Media No Comments

AkzoNobel/University of Manchester Corrosion Research Partnership

Brian Derby discusses the new partnership between the University of Manchester and AkzoNobel.

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Friday, February 17th, 2012 Media No Comments

The development of engineered keratinocyte cell sheets using ink-jet printer technology

MD Candidate Eason Sivayoham will be giving a talk, ‘The development of engineered keratinocyte cell sheets using ink-jet printer technology’ in preparation for the 2011 UKSB meeting in Greenwich. The meeting will be in Room C17 (Materials) at 2 PM on Thursday 16th 2011.


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Monday, June 13th, 2011 Meetings No Comments

Society for Experimental Mechanics Annual Conference

Alastair Selby and Dr Steve Wilkinson will be giving practice presentations in preperation of their talks at the SEM Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics at the next group meeting. The meeting will be on Thursday 9th May 2011 at 2 PM in Room B4 (Materials).

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Monday, June 6th, 2011 Group Meetings, Meetings No Comments