Northumbria Research Support

Cutting Edge: Northumbria research in materials science and the Olympics

Last week (24th May) saw the latest in the series of Research Council and Royal Institution-sponsored Cutting Edge events on the research behind sport. Northumbria University took part in the discussion on the science behind sailing. Here’s the press release previewing the event:

Prof Glen McHale, Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences, is taking part in the Cutting Edge 2012 lectures which sees world-class researchers and top GB and Paralympics GB stars come together to discuss elite performance and share views on the research behind the UK’s sporting achievements.

Prof McHale’s expertise lies in the development of extremely water-repellent high-tech surfaces that have potential to reduce drag in boats. His research focuses on how liquids interact with solid surfaces, how surface structure can amplify the effects of chemistry and how natural systems use this to gain competitive advantage within their environments. His research has been supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, The Royal Society, the EU and a range of companies. A Professor of Applied & Materials Physics, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Sharing the platform at the event on Thursday, 24 May, will be double Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks, Prof Steve Haake from Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Judith Wolf – an expert in coastal modelling of tides and currents.


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