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Winner announced for UMIP App Development Competition

Launched in February this year, our App Development Competition was open to both staff and students who were invited to enter with functional innovative app concepts. By the submission deadline, 91 applications had been received which made the judges job a very difficult one!

The overall competition winner was Dr Ursel Bangert, a Reader in The School of Materials. Ursel’s app concept, called ‘Virtual Microscope’, will mimic the actions carried out by an electron microscope and display unique images of the fascinating world of materials – alloys, steels, ceramics, carbon fibres, nano-crystals, graphene and other novel 2D materials. Using images from the University’s vast archive of electron micrographs, the user will be able to view materials at 1 million-fold magnification – right down to individual atoms.

Dr Bangert comments:  “I am delighted to have won this competition; I am very enthusiastic about microscopy and the opportunity, through this app, to help people ‘see the truth’, of what materials really look like on the atomic scale. Having taught materials science for over 20 years I know that students are always fascinated and motivated by seeing images of things that  escape our eyes because they are too small; that’s why I came up with the idea, and  there is not much out there to show this in the way proposed in this app.”

Dr Ed Maughfling, the competition organiser, comments: “The entries to this app competition exceeded our expectations, both in terms of quality and quantity. I am looking forward to working with Ursel and developing an app that will really bring to life materials like graphene by revealing their hidden structure.”

UMIP will fund the winning app concept, which will be designed and developed by a professional team of app developers .

If you have an idea for an app, please contact Dr Ed Maughfling edward.maughfling@umip.com, to discuss your concept further.

UMIP’s Dr Ed Maughfling presents competition winner Dr Ursel Bangert with an iPad

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