Aiden Lockwood was award an EPSRC/UoS Doctoral Prize Fellowship. The project intended to run for a single year and will focus on work relating to nanomechanical failure through friction, contact fatigue and adhesion
The University of Sheffield hosts the Institute of Physics Electron Microscopy and Analysis Groups EMAG2009 Conference.
An Advanced School on Nanofabrication and Nanomanipulation was run on September 8th.
Günter Möbus helped with the local organisation
Carbon is unique and forms structures as diverse as ultra-hard diamond, supersoft graphite, amorphous carbon and carbon nanotubes. But how can such disparate structures form from the same atoms? Using a real-time setup, scientists at Sheffield University's NanoLAB Centre, UK, are studying how ultra-thin layers of amorphous carbon, just 10–100 atoms thick, can be changed into different forms of carbon by simply rubbing the two surfaces together.