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.
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.
We would like to introduce two of our new PhD candidates: Yuanyuan Liu and Zhuolun Yao
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 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.
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!
Two new PhD students joined the Derby Group this year, Israa Sabree and Tarif Ali. A brief bio for Israa and Tarif are below:
Israa K. Sabree graduated from University of Babylon in Iraq with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and later (2000) completed a Masters degree in Corrosion of Materials. She commenced a PhD at the School of Materials, University of Manchester under Professor Derby’s supervision in May 2010. Her research is on the Fabrication of Bioglasses by Stereolithography.
Tarif Ali graduated from the Lancaster University BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry (1997). He worked in industry for several years in quality control/assurance and achieved M&S Laboratory Accreditation in textile testing. In 2002, he completed a PGCE at Manchester for Secondary and Further Education specialising in Chemistry. Tarif has taught for many years at various schools including the historic Walton High School in Nelson which was honoured with a visit by HRH Prince Charles, which was later replaced with the new Pendle Vale College, a “Superschool”. Prior to joining the Derby Group, he became a Schools Support Officer for Lancashire County Council (2008). He commenced a CASE award PhD in October 2010 on “Inkjet printing of enzymes for Biosensor and Biofuel cell applications” under Professor Derby’s supervision. The PhD is sponsored by Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd. Tarif is also an Educational Support Tutor for LCC and currently runs a homework support clinic every Saturday at a local Community Centre.
Everyone at Derby Group would like to congratulate Rachel Saunders who got married on Saturday 11th Spetember 2010 in Cheshire. We wish her and her husband, Chris Lalley, success and happiness for the future.
Rachel will of course continue to publish as ‘Dr Rachel Saunders’!
Dr Rachel Saunders is now a EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Research Fellow. She obtained the award in August 2009. Congratulations Rachel!
Rui Dou graduated in December 2009. Well done Dr Dou! He is now working as a postdoc in the Derby Group on a project which involves inkjet printing of ceramics.
Dr Jonathan Stringer has now left the Derby Group after completing a PhD and 3 years postdoctoral work under Prof. Derby’s supervision. We wish him well for the future.
Dr Rick Knight is now working in the Derby Group on a project looking to optimise inkjet printing for research in the life sciences. Rick’s short biography is below:
Rick graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics & Medical Microbiology in 2000. He went on to complete a PhD at Leeds entitled ‘Development of Methods for Tissue Engineering of Cardiac Valves Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ in 2004 and continued with this research in a Post-doctoral position there. He joined the University of Manchester in 2007 on a post-doctoral project with a consortium of companies to create a textile for maxillofacial bone repair incorporating bioactive glass. He now works as a Postdoc with Professor Brian Derby investigating the optimisation of inkjet printing for research in the life sciences.
Manuela Di-Biase passed her PhD viva on Friday 29th May 2009. Well done Dr Di-Biase!