Lockdown Walks - What's that solar panel doing?
Have you ever walked down the street and seen a rooftop covered in black shiny panels? Ever wondered exactly what they are and what they're doing? In this episode of 'Lockdown Walks' we're talking SOLAR PANELS. Sit back, relax, and let Sebastian Bonilla tell you all about them...Then why not see if you can spot some on your next walk?
I am a thin-film material scientist who manages the Centre for Applied Superconductivity, in the Materials Science department at Oxford University. I am also the chair of the LGBT+ advisory group to Oxford University and in 2018 I won the first diversity role model award from the University. I run a youth group for LGBTI+ young people and give...
'Light' Part 1 - Connecting to the internet through your lights
Can we receive information through our lighting?
Materials for nuclear fusion: how do you confine a sun to a box?
Nuclear fusion – energy of the future?
We face an energy crisis, so the idea of a clean, potentially limitless supply of energy is deeply appealing. Nuclear fusion, the same source of energy that makes the sun shine, could provide the answer, but there are some big obstacles to overcome.
Can we diagnose heart attacks faster?
With one person admitted to hospital every 5 minutes in the UK because of a heart attack, the ability to diagnose and treat them quickly is vital. In this episode of the ‘Big Questions’ podcast, find out how Dr Tingting Zhu is using a machine learning algorithm, trained on 15,000 ECGs, to diagnose heart attacks faster, potentially eliminating...
Chemistry Spotlight Lectures: DNA sequencing and electrochemistry
Find out about cutting-edge chemistry research at the University of Oxford and why it is important - with recorded lectures by Hagen Baley discussing nanopore DNA sequencing technology, and Richard Compton describing his research into electrochemistry.
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Richard G. Compton
I chose chemistry as a career partly because, when I was a schoolboy at a state school in rural Somerset and when I was a student both at Oxford University and at Imperial College London, I had wide interests - especially in chemistry, mathematics and geology. Becoming a physical chemist has allowed me to be active in all three areas. For...
Electric Vehicles and the Future
What does the future hold for electric vehicles? We know that they represent a cleaner, greener way of getting from A to B, but what else could they be used for? Could they actually be used to give power TO the energy grid? And what about charging them - one day, will we all have access to convenient charging points? Dr...
Did you know that you are in charge of a power station? It's true. Every time you flick a light switch, a power station somewhere in the UK will respond and generate that little bit of extra power you need for your light. In this animation we look at how we, the consumer, could help researchers solve the 'peak demand' problem.
Watch these animations to find out about research to improve batteries for electric cars and more!
You've probably heard that batteries have a lifespan - but how can we understand and manage our batteries? Future energy needs including reneweable energy sources, electric cars and more demanding use for electronic devices mean we need smarter ways to do a healthcheck on our batteries, that will be used in ever more complex systems. Especially...