Rising star wins national award

A rising star in the field of nuclear physics has won a national award – and a job at the world’s top nuclear research centre.

University of Brighton PhD graduate Dr Frank Browne has received the ‘Nuclear Physics Early Career Award’ from the Institute of Physics (IOP). And soon after graduating from the university last summer he landed a research job at the RIKEN research institute in Japan, renowned for recently discovering a new element, nihonium.

Dr Browne, 29, won £250 and the opportunity to present his work at the IOP nuclear physics annual conference at the University of Birmingham, starting 3 April.

He explained his research: “The popular image of the atomic nucleus is that of a jumble of protons and neutrons (collectively known as nucleons) arranged in a spherical shape at the centre of the atom. However, in reality the nucleons are arranged in well-defined shells, much like the electrons are in atoms. The arrangement of these shells can cause the nucleus to take on different shapes.

“In a nutshell, through the application of an array of novel radiation detectors developed by the universities of Brighton and Surrey, I was able to measure how much like a rugby ball some unstable nuclei looked like. This measurement paves the way for more robust theoretical descriptions of how the protons and neutrons behave in the nuclear medium. It also validates this novel technique for future experiments at next-generation accelerator facilities.”

Dr Browne, from Norfolk, said he “loved” studying in Brighton but equally loves working in Japan: “I am at the same facility where I carried out the experimental work of my PhD. It’s the world’s premiere nuclear physics research facility and, as such, it is where some of the big breakthroughs in the field are happening, being a part of that is really exciting.”

Dr Browne is a current recipient of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers, one of just 120 awarded from more than 1,200 applicants. And from March next year he will take up his position as a Special Postdoctoral Researcher at RIKEN.

Dr Browne’s supervisor, Professor Alison Bruce, the university’s Professor of Physics, said: “The level of Frank’s achievement is recognised by him being awarded two prestigious fellowships at the world renowned Riken facility.

“I have enjoyed watching him develop from a tentative new PhD student to his current position where he is defining his own research programme using state-of-the-art world class research facilities.”

For information on related courses at the University of Brighton click here and for more information on the university’s nuclear physics research click here.

GROUP PHOTO: Pictured at RIKEN are Dr Browne (right), Professor Bruce (rear) and Dr Oliver Roberts and Dr Cristina Nita, both Research Fellows at the university at the time.

Advanced Engineering Buiding – Take a look inside…

Here are the latest images from inside the university’s £14m Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) on the Moulsecoomb campus in Brighton.  

The building, scheduled to open in September this year, will be one of the world’s leading engineering research buildings and will extend the university’s Advanced Engineering Centre which works with a range of engineering companies on innovative research in partnership with the automotive industry to promote vital industrial knowledge-exchange.

The AEB will allow the university to extend its long-term partnership with Ricardo, the Shoreham-based global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy and specialist manufacturer, through a dedicated combustion engine research area designed on the ground floor. There will also becutting-edge engineering workshops to support undergraduate and postgraduate engineering, and specialist teaching facilities.

Professor Debra Humphris, university Vice-Chancellor, joined a tour of the building with colleagues including university governors. She said: “This is an amazing development between our partners Ricardo and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and it was recently recognised by the Wolfson Foundation with an award of £500,000 for specialist equipment.

 

 

 

“The facilities will extend our leading-edge research and education to make an impact in the industry both regionally and globally.

“As a university we are committed to making a real practical difference through our research and partnerships, and the AEB will enhance the quality of our research and the student experience.”

 

 

More PHOTOS by Mike Porter and Daisy O’Neill(third year Photography BA(Hons) course representative).

WATCH how the AEB was built here!

– GROUP PHOTO, TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: NEIL HEARD-WHITE, PROJECT MANAGER AEB;

PROFESSOR ANDREW LLOYD, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE LIFE, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL

SCIENCES; PROFESSOR MORGAN HEIKAL, PROFESSOR OF THERMOFLUIDS; JOHN GILL,

BOARD GOVERNORS; MIKE CLARK, DIRECTOR OF ESTATE AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT.

BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: KELLY SMITH, PLACEMENT STUDENT

AEB GROUNDWORKS; PROFESSOR DEBRA HUMPHRIS, VICE-CHANCELLOR;

JANEY WALKER, DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS; SUE MCHUGH,

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; GRAHAM LAWRENCE, AEB PROJECT MANAGER

GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION.

Brighton’s Robot Warriors

University of Brighton undergraduate students Katie Henderson and Jodie Nye battle it out against fellow contestants in the brand new series of BBC’s Robot Wars.

Katie and Jodie, who are both studying for a BSc (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, are long-standing fans of the show and will be one of the few all-female teams to have taken on the challenge with their robot ‘Ms Nightshade’.

Speaking about her experience Katie said: “It was an honour to represent the University of Brighton and also to promote female engineers. I worked on the design and Jodie and I collaborated on putting our robot together. I knew I wanted our robot to be different and something that had not been seen on the programme before and to be able to defend itself and attack from all angles.

“The biggest challenge was managing our time to meet the deadlines for the project whilst continuing to focus on our courses. We really underestimated the time needed to build and test the robot, but got there in the end.”

Jodie commented: “The whole experience has been incredible. I can’t compare it to anything that I have ever done before. The most valuable thing for me apart from gaining the practical skills from constructing and assembling the robot was the chance to develop presenting and communication skills from appearing on the programme.

“Being part of an all-female team was a real honour. I am so grateful to the University for the support it gave us to make what for me had always been a childhood dream.”

The latest series of Robot Wars starts on BBC 2 on Sunday 5 March.

Pictures credit: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Alan Peebles

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