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October 2020

NUSTEM Evening Lecture 1 – Space Weather

October 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Lecture 1 - Space Weather The space surrounding the Sun, planets and moons in our solar system is not quite a vacuum, but a sparse domain of high energy electrons, protons and other ions. The amount and energy of these particles is controlled not by gravity, but by electromagnetic fields which have their sources on the Sun or other magnetised bodies, such as Earth. Changes in our space environment are known as space weather, and in this lecture I’ll describe…

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NUSTEM Evening Lecture 2 – Scanning Electron Microscopy

October 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Scanning Electron Microscopy The SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) is a remarkable piece of equipment used widely in materials science to characterise and explore the micro/nanocosmo through the use of accelerated electrons. The technique was developed nearly 90 years ago and today it is extensively used in many fields of science and technology as tool to better understand, develop and explore the small world around us not accessible by our senses.This lecture is presented by Dr Pietro MaielloDepartment of Mathematics Physics…

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November 2020

NUSTEM Evening Lecture 3 – Interfacial science in material design

November 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Interfacial Science in material design The role of interfacial science is to design materials with unique properties by manipulating their physicochemical properties. In this talk Dominika will talk about a few of these materials with a focus on foams and emulsions as templates to achieve porous media with many applications: from water purification to bone replacement and bio-infiltration. This lecture is presented by Dr Dominika Zabiegaj Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University

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NUSTEM Evening Lecture 4 – Secrets from the mud

November 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

The thrill to drill and the secrets from the mud Although modern lakes cover only roughly 3.7% of the non-glaciated Earth surface and contain only 0.013% of the global water, their sediments record millions of years of climate and environmental history. This history is fascinating, but often difficult to recover and to decipher. I will explain how we retrieve and work with lake sediments and what we can learn from them. This Lecture is presented by Dr Ola Kwiecien Department…

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December 2020

NUSTEM Evening Lecture 5 – The complex beauty of fractal geometry

December 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

The complex beauty of fractal geometry In this lecture, Matteo will explain, with the aid of some computer graphics, how Fractals can be defined as geometrical objects characterised by two properties: self-similarity, and non-integer dimension. Differently from the ‘smooth’ figures of classical Geometry, such as circles or triangles, Fractals turn out to be ‘rough’ and infinitely complex.This lecture is presented by Dr Matteo Sommacal Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University

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NUSTEM Evening Lecture 6 – From Lasers to Masers

December 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

From Lasers to Masers Lasers are used everywhere from CD players, industrial cutting to laser eye surgery. But before the laser, there was the maser and it produces microwaves instead of light in a laser. However, due to its extreme cooling requirement maser never became as widespread as the laser. In this lecture, we will explore briefly the history of laser and maser followed by the recent developments in solid-state laser technology (in Alexandrite), and the newly invented room-temperature maser…

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