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From Healthcare Technologies and Gravity Sensors to Critical Materials and Quantum Clocks, our research has a real impact on our lives. Find out more.
Engines of today are both powerful and efficient, but the engines of tomorrow need not only to be powerful and efficient but significantly greener.
The way we supply and use energy is simply not sustainable. Unless we harness new methods to satisfy our increasing reliance on power sources, the impact on the environment will escalate.
The discovery of the Higgs boson was one of the biggest discoveries in physics in half a century. Our pioneering research helped to track it down.
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- Using mathematics to treat male infertility might seem rather unlikely, but Birmingham postgraduate student Gemma Cupples has taken a classic mathematical model and extended it to create a way to study the swimming behaviour of sperm that could lead to better conception rates.
- After Dr Davide Dapelo completed his degree in theoretical physics in his native Genova, he took an EU-financed research course on renewable energies. This included an industry placement with a company that project-built anaerobic digesters.While there, Davide realised there were ways to improve the anaerobic digestion (AD) mixing process, which gave him the idea for his PhD topic: the application of computer simulation of flow methods to a specific aspect of wastewater treatment. To pursue the idea, he sought out top academics working in this field, one of whom was John Bridgeman, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Birmingham – and as a result left Italy to pursue his academic career in Birmingham.
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- Feature article on Professor Nicola Wilkin, Director of Education at College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham.
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