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6th November 2019
3D printing accelerates tissue engineering research

Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of accessible 3D printing systems, is working with Dr Sam Pashneh-Tala, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, who is leading pioneering tissue engineering techniques for creating complex, lab-grown, blood vessels with patient-specific shapes, powered by Formlabs SLA 3D printers. 

Medical
28th June 2018
Plaster to revolutionise treatment of oral conditions

Scientists from the University of Sheffield’s School of Clinical Dentistry, working in close collaboration with Dermtreat A/S from Copenhagen, have developed a unique patch using special polymers which are able to stick to moist surfaces. The patch successfully administers steroids directly to oral ulcers or lesions whilst also creating a protective barrier around the affected area, accelerating the healing process.

Medical
27th March 2018
Unlocking the secrets of the human brain with honeybees

  It has been discovered by researchers from the University of Sheffield that looking at honeybees in a colony in the same way as neurons in a brain could help us better understand the basic mechanisms of human behaviour.

Sensors
27th March 2018
Testing the strength of bones helps to design safer car seats

Computer simulated models and medical imaging have successfully been used to test the strength of young children’s bones, thanks to researchers at the University of Sheffield, and results have been produced which could help car seat manufacturers design safer car seats for young children. The study, the first on infant bone strength in relation to age/weight using models developed from modern medical images, is published today in the J...

Renewables
11th July 2017
Photosynthesis could help develop computer technology

  Scientists at the University of Sheffield have published research illuminating how energy is transferred in molecules - something that could influence new molecular technologies for the future. Energy and charge transfer is what drives photosynthesis and any solar-to-chemical or electrical-to-chemical energy conversion.

Analysis
15th June 2017
Titanium revolution to meet aerospace manufacturing needs

  Dr Martin Jackson of The University of Sheffield explains how his team is shaping the future of titanium alloy processing. The University of Sheffield is enabling a future step-change in the economics of titanium through alloy development with Metalysis, providing a manufacturing route – FASTforge – for the growing aerospace market.

Analysis
16th May 2017
Accelerating the deep learning research with AI supercomputer

As part of the new Sheffield Advanced Research Computer cluster the new supercomputer plays an important part in the department’s plans to become a centre of expertise for deep learning in the UK. The cluster is equipped with other NVIDIA Tesla graphic processors enabled nodes to meet the increasing computational demands of research is data-rich areas of machine learning and simulation.

Analysis
3rd March 2017
Project increases accuracy of road network simulations

Alongside industrial collaborators TSS-Transport Simulation Systems, researchers from the Department of Computer Science have been awarded over £22,000 for their work on road network simulations by Department for Transport. The project completed at the end of January 2017 used new computing techniques to improve the speed and accuracy of road-use simulations by x33, which will allow for more informed investments, improved journey times and ...

Renewables
15th February 2017
Wireless buildings become energy efficient

A study addressed the way buildings can be energy efficient and wireless friendly. This allows for a low energy consumption building with good wireless signal coverage for users. There has been a growing need for better understanding of wireless performance in relation to building design. This knowledge is necessary for choosing construction materials for efficient energy consumption and efficient propagation of radio waves.

Around the Industry
25th August 2016
Radio technology centre is making waves in Sheffield

  Formed within the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at The University of Sheffield, is a new industry-focused research centre, catering to an industrial need for innovation in system-led Radio Frequency (RF) technology research and development.

Automotive
19th April 2016
Battery energy storage could mean cheaper trains

Engineers have received £1.5 million in funding for a new battery energy storage project that could mean more efficient and cheaper trains. The TransEnergy project led by the University of Sheffield, will work with National Rail to investigate how battery storage could be used to power our railways. As train companies try to increase the frequency of trains on existing railway infrastructure, electricity supply is under greater pressure to ...

Renewables
17th March 2016
Giant UK battery launched to develop energy storage

One of the UK's largest battery-based energy storage facilities has been connected to the grid as part of new research led by the University of Sheffield on the growing area of energy storage. The £4m facility was officially launched with the announcement of a new innovation project with energy companies E.ON and Uniper looking at future possibilities for large-scale energy storage and how to overcome the challenges associated with con...

Analysis
25th February 2016
Automatic programming makes swarm robots more reliable

Researchers from Sheffield Robotics have applied a novel method of automatically programming and controlling a swarm of up to 600 robots to complete a specified set of tasks simultaneously. This reduces human error and therefore many of the bugs that can occur in programming, making it more user-friendly and reliable than previous techniques. This could be particularly advantageous in areas where safety of using robotics is a concern, for example...

Analysis
14th September 2015
£3m advanced nuclear materials research facility opens

The University of Sheffield has celebrated the official opening of its recent £3m advanced nuclear materials research facility, Materials for Innovative Disposition from Advanced Separations (MIDAS). Established as part of a national network of facilities to deliver the UK spent nuclear fuel research programme, MIDAS is jointly funded by the University and The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

3D Printing
16th April 2015
3D printed tubes guide broken nerve endings together

University of Sheffield scientists have succeeded in using a 3D printed guide to help nerves damaged in traumatic incidents repair themselves. The team used the Nerve Guidance Conduit (NGC) device to repair nerve damage in animal models and say the method could help treat many types of traumatic injury. The NGC is a framework of tiny tubes, which guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally.

Analysis
1st August 2014
Perovskite solar cells fabricated using spray-painting process

A team of scientists have announced that they have successfully fabricated perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process, a development which could help cut the cost of solar electricity. The discovery, made by scientists at the University of Sheffield, builds on the previous organometal halide perovskite based photovoltaics first demonstrated in 2012.  

Power
26th June 2014
Giant battery to help tackle energy storage challenges

The UK’s first two megawatt (MW) lithium titanate battery is to be connected to the grid later this year, as part of new research to tackle the challenges of industrial-scale energy storage. The project – led by the University of Sheffield and  – aims to test the technological and economic challenges of using large scale batteries to provide support to the grid.

3D Printing
28th March 2014
University of Sheffield develops 3D printed UAV

A 1.5m wide prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been developed by engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield. Created with a 3D printer, the engineers have claimed that the polymer craft could form the basis of cheap and potentially disposable UAVs that could be built and deployed in remote situations potentially within as little as 24 hours.

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