Paper accepted (PLOS ONE) on RC networks

Title: Universality of the Emergent Scaling in Finite Random Binary Percolation Networks

Author(s): Chongpu Zhai, Dorian Hanaor, Yixiang Gan

PLOS ONE, in press. [DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0172298]

Figure: (Left) A lattice network containing randomly distributed resistors and capacitors; (Right) Normalised admittance module as a function of frequency.

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Visitors from KIT

Mr Simone Pupeschi and Mrs Marigrazia Mascardini are visiting us from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany from Jan to April, 2017. They have previously visited us in 2015, with the photo attached from their last visit. 

Simone and Mari are two final-year PhD students at KIT and have been working on thermo-mechanical behaviour of tritium breeder materials under extreme loading conditions (high temperature and neutron irradiation) for nuclear fusion reactors (i.e., ITER and Fusion for Energy projects). 

Photo from a Thai dinner taken on 1/2/2017, from left: Simone, Ratna, Yixiang, Mari and Simon.

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Inaugural Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellows launch

Last week, Dr Gan attended the launch event of the Inaugural Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellows. The fellows from the University’s new Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) program came together last week for a networking morning tea with the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Duncan Ivison.

In its first year, the program will enable 10 early-career and 10 mid-career researchers to further their research in important areas such as preventing melanoma, preparing for the next global pandemic, building more powerful batteries for electric cars and helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds access education.

Group photo (from left): Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison with SOAR Fellows Associate Professor Xiaoke Yi, Associate Professor Karl Maton, Dr Yixiang Gan, Associate Professor Chris Ling, Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, Associate Professor Tara Murphy, Dr Stefanie Schurer, Dr Jane Lê, Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira, Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela, Associate Professor Anne Cust, Associate Professor Susan Park, Associate Professor Anika Gauja.

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A few photos from the event (1/12/2016).

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IWMEM2016 workshop

International Workshop on Mechanics of Energy Materials (IWMEM2016) has been successfully hosted at The University of Sydney, 14-15 November, 2o16.

The workshop contained 22 presentations, regarding a wide range of research on challenging engineering problems in energy systems, and 40 participants from Germany, China, India, USA and Australia. After the presentations, an open discussion session has been carried out for variety of questions faced in the current trends in energy systems, and the plan to host the next IWMEM in Suzhou, China, 2017.

The group photo is taken in front of The University of Sydney Quadrangle.

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Also, there are some photos during our open discussion sessions:

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Mingchao awarded Endeavour Research Fellowship

Our previous visiting PhD student, Mr Mingchao Liu,from Tsinghua University has been awarded with Endeavour Research Fellowship from Australian Government. This prestige fellowship will support him to conduct a six-month research project at The University of Sydney in 2017.

Congratulations to Mingchao.

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More details about Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships (link):

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving Australians opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

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Dr Gan selected as Sydney Research Accelerator fellow

Dr Gan has been selected as one of the inaugural Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellows at The University of Sydney. The news has just been announced by the University.

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SOAR stands for Sydney Outstanding Academic Researcher program.

Extracted from the announcement (link):

The first cohort of fellows of the University’s new Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) program has been announced.

In its first year, the program will enable 10 early-career and 10 mid-career researchers to further their research in important areas such as preventing melanoma, preparing us for the next global pandemic, building more powerful batteries for electric cars and helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in education.

As part of their two-year program, fellows are awarded $50,000 per year to support their research, innovation and development plans. They also benefit from a personalised program of research development support and structured mentoring.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said the program recognises and develops the University’s most talented researchers as part of the University’s 2016-20 unprecedented investment in research.

“Through SOAR, we will support up-and-coming research leaders to build momentum and increase the scale and impact of their research.”

“At the University of Sydney, we want to celebrate and nurture high-performing researchers to realise their full potential and SOAR is just one of the many new programs we are developing to do just that.”

Professor Ivison said the program would allow our best and most promising researchers more opportunity to fast-track their career development and position them as pioneers in new fields. It will help them build leadership skills and aid the development of new partnerships with industry and other leading academics around the world.

Dr Andrew Black, Director of Research Development and Collaboration, said the program received an overwhelming level of interest.

“The volume and calibre of the applicants was extremely high, which highlights the University’s ability to attract leading researchers across a variety of disciplines. With the demand and early success of the program, we hope to increase the number of fellowships offered in 2018.”

Highlighting the University’s commitment to gender equity, 50 percent of the fellowships were awarded to women.

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Saba won 1st Prize in Civil Poster Presentation 2016

Congratulations to Mrs Saba Gharehdash, who won Annie B Wilson 1st Prize in Civil Engineering Poster Presentation 2016 last Friday. The presentation is entitled “Mechanical and Hydraulic Behaviour of Blast Induced Fractured Rock”. She is a PhD candidate supervised by A/Prof Luming Shen and Dr Yixiang Gan.

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Professor Marc Kamlah is visiting the lab

My former PhD advisor, Professor Marc Kamlah from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Germany, is visiting the lab for four weeks. Marc is the group leader and now acting as the head of Institute of Applied Materials – Mechanics of Materials and Biomechanics (IAM-WMB) where over 60 Scientists work experimentally and theoretically in the field of the mechanics of materials and bio-mechanics. More details about IAM-WMB via https://www.iam.kit.edu/wbm/index.php

He will attend later the International Workshop on Mechanics of Energy Materials (IWMEM 2016) at The University of Sydney.

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Chongpu presented at IEEE Holm Conference and won Young Investigator Award

Mr Chongpu Zhai (a PhD candidate) presented our work on “Stress-dependent frequency response of conductive granular materials” at The IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts (9-12 October, 2016, Florida USA) and won the Young Investigator Award.

Well done and Congratulations, Chongpu.

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The paper was co-authored by Chongpu Zhai, Dorian Hanaor, Gwénaëlle Proust, and Yixiang Gan, at The University of Sydney.

Conference website: http://www.ieee-holm.org/

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Mr Oleg Birkholz is visiting the lab

Mr Oleg Birkholz from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany is visiting us at The University of Sydney. Oleg is working on the numerical aspects of modelling lithium-ion battery systems, via the discrete element method and resistor-capacity (RC) network. He will stay with us for two months and working on modelling electro-mechanical properties of granular energy systems.
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