10th October 2022 – Electronics: the thinking inside the box

We are often told to “think outside the box” but what is thinking inside the box? Chris Rattray, a Printed Circuit Board Design Engineer will talk about taking ideas from concept though to the finished product.

Electronics are everywhere from Supercomputers to Socks, Tesla to Toasters. Chris will follow an idea though the whole process of design and build with slight detours to talk about some of the history, materials and methods used in Electronics and about what the future holds.

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11th July 2022 – Black Holes

Postponed from December 2021, we are pleased to welcome Jeff Forshaw, Professor of Particle Physics at the Department of Physics in the University of Manchester.

Jeff has recently completed a book entitled “Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe” in collaboration with Professor Brian Cox so you can be sure of hearing a great speaker who is at the forefront of this field.

Image of black hole

The image was captured using the Event Horizon Telescope. The black hole is at the centre and is outlined by emissions from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon.

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13th June 2022 – Can Carbon Dioxide be Useful?

Catherine Eagle is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at Liverpool University.

Her research topic is CO2 reduction electrolysers and focusses on carbon dioxide utilisation.

In her talk, Catherine will cover:

  • Carbon dioxide and the environment
  • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions
  • What is carbon dioxide utilisation?
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9th May 2022 – Terahertz Radiation

T-Rays  – A new research tool from the electromagnetic spectrum.

We are pleased to welcome Dr Darren Graham of the Photon Science Institute at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester and the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science at Daresbury Laboratory, who will talk about his work in the exciting new area of Terahertz Radiation. In his own words:

“You’ll have heard of radio-waves, micro-waves, visible light and x-rays but probably not T-rays (or Terahertz Radiation). 

It fits between the microwaves and infrared part of the spectrum, and of course they have always been there. But only over the last 20 years or so have ways been found to create and control them artificially.

 Now new research areas are opening up using T –rays including:

  • medical imaging as a safer alternative to x-rays;
  • security scanning – for example at airports to detect concealed weapons remotely;
  • compact particle accelerators;
  • ultra-high speed communications;
  • process control in manufacturing. “
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11th April 2022 – A New Approach to Developing Antivirals

Dr. Sam Jones
Dr. Sam Jones

Dr. Sam Jones is a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellow in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester where he heads up the Jones Lab which focuses on understanding material/virus interactions.

Sam says “By understanding and controlling such interactions the group hopes to develop better antivirals, vaccine stabilisers and novel viral vector delivery applications.”

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14th March 2022 – Reduce, Replace, Refine

The path to eliminating animal experiments in drug discovery

Professor Ian Wilson of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London will pose a range of questions and lead the debate.

Ian’s alternative subtitle for the talk is “How to get more from your mouse” so those who have attended his previous visits to Knutsford SciBar know that the evening promises to be entertaining as well as informative!

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