EPSRC Recognizes Young Scientists using ARCHER Supercomputing Facility

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Today EPSRC in the UK announced the 10 winners of the recent ARCHER Best-Use Travel Competition. The competition aimed to identify the best scientific use of ARCHER, the UK’s national supercomputing facility, within the arena of the engineering and physical sciences.

As we see the increasing need for high performance computing to tackle today’s complex scientific questions, we recognize the need to encourage today’s young researchers to bring their skills to the world,” said Dr. Eddie Clarke, EPSRC’s Contract Manager for ARCHER. “The winners of these awards have shown ability, enthusiasm and real skill in their research and these prizes will help them work together with partners overseas to benefit science in the UK.”

The winning entries covered a broad range of topics, including:

  • Helping to prevent pipeline blockages in the oil and gas industry
  • Improving the performance of solar [power] by studying photovoltaic panel materials
  • Simulating combustion engines in order to improve efficiency and to reduce environmental impact


  • Tai Duc Bui, Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London
  • Nguyen Anh Koah Doan, Zhi Chen & Ivan Langella, Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge
  • Alex Ganose, Department of Chemistry at University College London
  • Chiara Gattinoni, Tribiology group, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London and Materials Theory at ETH Zürich
  • Thomas Mellan, Thomas Young Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials at Imperial College London
  • Michael Ruggiero, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge
  • Nathan Sime, Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge
  • Gabriele Sosso, Martin Fitzner & Philipp Pedevilla Department of Physics & Astronomy at University College London
  • Guido von Rudorff, Department of Physics & Astronomy at University College London
  • Zhong-Nan Wang, Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge

The competition will facilitate these early career researchers, who are all either Ph.D. candidates or Postdoctoral researchers, to build and develop their international network. ARCHER and EPSRC both recognize the importance of enabling young researchers to build their personal network to help build collaborations and skills.

We are really pleased to have had the opportunity to help early career researchers develop and enhance their science through international collaboration,” said ARCHER Computational Science and Engineering Service Deputy Director Lorna Smith.

The competition was run by ARCHER on behalf of EPSRC which funds the supercomputer in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The winners will be using their £3000 awards to build research collaborations between the UK and US and will be visiting research groups at US institutions to further their research portfolios.

The Awards will be presented at an evening reception in London on 28th September. The winners will come together once again in 2018 to share with the supercomputing community the impact of the award they received.
ARCHER provides high performance computing support for research and industry projects in the UK.

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