MICG reveals winners of trade show poster competition

Winners of a contest which showcases cutting edge ideas and research have been announced by The Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG).

The 1st Alan McLelland poster competition challenges participants to create an informative and impactful poster for display at The Advanced Ceramics Show.

Entrants across three categories – Product Innovation, Ceramics 4.0 (Data Modelling) and Process Innovation – encapsulated ideas and research in their posters, which formed a ‘gallery’ as part of MICG’s exhibit at the event.

Dr Gilda Gasparini, of Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group, said: “Our congratulations to all of the competition winners – there were some fantastic innovations on display in all three categories.

“The poster competition is a great opportunity for researchers to shine a spotlight on their work and the gallery creates a dynamic space for people to discuss ideas and make connections with colleagues across academia and industry at The Advanced Ceramics Show.”

MICG is made up of blue-chip companies including Rolls-Royce, Morgan Advanced Materials and Foseco, as well as SMEs including Lucideon, Precision Ceramics and PCL – together with the universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Loughborough.

MICG secured £18.27 million government funding, provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), in October 2022.

The poster activity is part of the SIPF’s programme activities under its workstream covering education, skills and diversity.

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Winners of the Alan McLelland Poster Competition 2024

Product Innovation

1 – Zakhar Kudrynskyi from Nottingham University for all-inorganic electrical insulation materials for high-power density electrical machines.

2 – Luke Phillips from the University of Leeds for innovative approaches to Manufacture Terahertz Optical Devices with Additive Manufacturing: THz characterisaton of a Silica-Filled Photopolymer

2 – Matthew Shuttleworth from the University of Leeds for CHAMP – The Ceramic Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Platform

Ceramics 4.0

1 – Louis Masters from the University of Leeds for defect-free hybrid manufacturing of advanced ceramic materials

2 – Qihong Jiang from Lucideon for computational model of temperature distribution for improving ceramic sintering process

Process Innovation

1 – Louisa Wong from The MTC for Hybrid Laser Mechanical machining of Ox-Ox CMC

2 – Lydia Cross from The MTC for Rapid Prototyping of Ceramic Filters via Negative Additive Manufacturing