Another year ends

30 12 2012

What a year 2012 turned out to be. Ben took the big step and didn’t just write his thesis, he then passed his viva and in the run up to Christmas got his pass list as well.

Thesis completed Ben Furnival

Ben’s completed thesis

That makes it 10 students completed so far and with Hassan finishing his corrections (number 11), that suggests that Amit will be number 12 when he finishes the last of the suggested comments and submits sometime in January.

In November I went to the IEEE Sensors conference in Taipei. Despite the perpetual rain (just like Newcastle but around 20 degrees warmer) and we got the chance for a trip to the top of Taipei 101. Unfortunately, it was dark by then and in the rain, the view was a bit muted. On the other hand, 400 engineers trying to view the damper ball at the top of the tower was well worth the trip!

Taipei 101 IEEE Sensors

View of Taipei 101

All three of our papers made it in this year, which is a massive achievement. This was enhanced when our paper on the effect of functionalisation on the performance of graphene sensors was voted the best paper in the ‘Gas and Chemical Sensors’ track and shortlisted for the overall first prize. We have also been invited to submit a more comprehensive version of the work to their ‘Best of IEEE Sensors 2012’ publication

graphene sensor IEEE solvent

Top billing for the Graphene Sensors talks

Loads more happened in 2012, including a really exciting development with the British Science Festival, so more soon!