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National Physical Laboratory Rayleigh Award Celebration


The IOP LSE branch and NPL showcase the excellence and diversity of its science and engineering with three talks from the 2023 Rayleigh Award winners; NPL’s prestigious scientific award.


Speaker: Gareth Hinds
Title: Reducing the cost of water electrolysers for green hydrogen production
Abstract: We present recent ground-breaking research at NPL, which has demonstrated the possibility of replacing expensive platinum-coated titanium in water electrolysers with much cheaper materials, such as carbon-coated stainless steel. This would significantly reduce the cost of the polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolysers and accelerate the rollout of sustainable hydrogen infrastructure.

Speaker: Giuseppe Marra
Title: Science with seafloor cables
Abstract: Despite oceans covering 70% of the Earth's surface, they remain largely unmonitored. However, a giant web of telecommunication optical cables already lies on the ocean bed. We will show how, by using ultra-sensitive optical measurement techniques, these cables can be transformed in a huge network of environmental sensors, with revolutionary potential for Earth monitoring.

Speaker: Andrea Briones
Title: Synthetic viruses: supporting tomorrow’s medicine
Abstract: We provide the first reference material for virus-like particles, developed to support research into vaccine development and gene delivery. Being able to harmonise biological data and link it to the International System of Units (SI) is a key milestone in providing metrological standards for biological research.

Part of the IOP London and South East (LSE) region spring/summer 2024 General Public Physics Talk Series.

Tea/coffee served from 6-6.30pm.

Lecture starts: 6.30pm for 1hr (with 15mins for questions)

The lecture is free and open to all but registration is required. Please register via the Book Now button