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CDT Newsletter, November 2016

last modified Nov 10, 2016 04:09 PM
Read the latest news on the CDT-UP programme, welcoming new students and saying goodbye to the first ever CDT-UP cohort.

Recruiting now - MRes October 2017


The MRes in Ultra Precision Engineering is now recruiting for its October 2017 intake. With limited placements available we recommend applying as soon as possible.

Read about how to apply.




Cranfield CDT-UP Masters

Cranfield-MResIn October 2016, Cranfield University welcomed six high calibre students to their one year full-time MRes course. In their first week, students selected their preferred six taught modules (three compulsory and three elective) from a total of fourteen. Students were eager to gain an understanding of the content of each module. Through this introductory activity, students engaged with Cranfield academics in defining both the knowledge and training needed to address their research.

Cranfield students also engaged with Cambridge students to plan their own conference. To get a flavour of the audience expectation, some of Cranfield students attended an outreach event organised by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision in London where the future of Ultra Precision engineering was discussed.

Find out more about the new Cranfield MRes programme.

MRes in Ultra Precision 2016 Cohorts

The two 2016/17 MRes cohorts joined Cambridge and Cranfield at the start of October to begin their 11-months of taught courses.

The students went straight into a busy timetable of labs, modules, reading clubs and inductions. We wish the new students all the best for the year ahead.

More about the individual students.



PhD Projects

PIV laserAll five of the Cambridge MRes students from 2015/16 passed the MRes course, with four students continuing on to the PhD stage within the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge.

Read detail about the students' PhD projects: Lily Delimata; Nadeem Gabbani; Katjana Lange; James Ryley.




Fond farewell to the first MRes students

The CDT-UP said farewell in September to the 3 first ever MRes in Ultra Precision Engineering students who joined the programme back in 2012. All three students left the centre to begin employment worldwide, along with finalising their thesis submissions, with an aim to submit over the next few months. We wish them all the best in their future employment.

In their own words, hear what the students gained from the course.



Clare Collins, third year PhD student, awarded Special Commendation in The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition

Carbon nanotube jellyfish

Clare won her prize in the micro-imaging category.  Seemingly a swarm of jellyfish, this image was created using carbon nanotubes grown in a pillar formation. The metal disks that make up the jellyfish bodies are made by ‘sputtering’ charged aluminium and iron ions onto a surface to deposit a thin film of the metals. The carbon nanotubes grow from this thin disk. The disks are 5 micrometers in diameter – 5 1/1000ths of a millimetre – and are 10 micrometers apart.

If you zoomed out of the image, you would be able to see that they make up part of a 2 mm x 2 mm pattern across the surface of a silicon chip. Clare researches carbon nanotubes to study the emission of electrons, called the field emission, from a number of different configurations. The applications for field emission could be for displays or as X-ray sources.

Read more about Clare’s project.

Student away day 


All CDT-UP students were brought together in September to welcome the new MRes cohort. They travelled to Oxford to partake in a number of competitive sports, and relaxed dining back in Cambridge in the evening.

The day was enjoyed by all and allowed the students to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.


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