University centre extends international collaboration

University centre extends international collaboration

A University of Aberdeen research centre - which focuses on the development and modelling of revolutionary new materials for industries including medicine, defence and aerospace - has announced the extension of a collaborative agreement with a key international institute.

The University's Centre for Micro- and Nanomechanics (CEMINACS) will continue to work with the Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics – a globally renowned centre of excellence in mechanics based in Kiev.

The two institutions first signed an agreement in 2004, when the centre was established at the University.

This new five year agreement will see the organisation's continue working together, further building on the research conducted by CEMINACS, which is leading to important breakthroughs and improvements in material design and reductions of fabrication and manufacturing costs.

The work of the centre is benefiting a wide range of key industrial sectors including aerospace, marine, automotive, electronic, and security.

The new agreement with the Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics marks a landmark for the centre which, since its launch five years ago has: 

  • Attracted over £1,000,000 of external grants from bodies including the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Published over 150 papers in leading journals
  • Presented at more than 40 international conferences

Professor Igor Guz, Head of the University of Aberdeen Centre for Micro- and Nanomechanics said: "The collaborative agreement between the University of Aberdeen and the Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics draws together the internationally leading expertise in the field of mechanics, for which each of the institutions is renowned.

"By pooling our theoretical and applied research strengths, the Centre for Micro- and Nanomechanics has made significant breakthroughs in the development of new types of materials which have the potential to revolutionise a wide range of industries, from healthcare to marine and aerospace.   

"This extension of our collaboration will see us continue to develop important scientific advances in the modelling of new materials, which are fast earning the centre a position as the world reference for quality research in micro- and nanomechancs."

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