Grant winners – 6 April 2017

A round-up of academics awarded research council funding

April 6, 2017
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Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants


Remote functionalisation by the chain walking of allylmetal species

Optogenetic imaging and remote control of fly electrical clock

Understanding the dynamics and diversity of microglia in the healthy and ageing brain

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Cost-effective temperature adaptive Cu-based shape memory seals through the synergistic effect of co-microalloying and cooling rate control

  • Award winner: Buddhapriya Chakrabarti
  • Institution: Durham University
  • Value: £1,034,680

Molecular migration in complex matrices: towards predictive design of structured products

Novel hybrid heat pipe for space and ground applications

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Research grants

Trafficking, storage and timely release of lipids: unfolding the fundamental mechanisms underlying metabolic reprogramming in pluripotent stem cells

Epidemiological consequences of reproductive senescence in a long-lived vector

Updating of memories during memory consolidation

In detail

Leverhulme Trust

Award winner: Geoffrey Evatt

Institution: University of Manchester

Value: £258,599

The lost meteorites of Antarctica

This project aims to discover a lost hoard of meteorites, which reside, the team has hypothesised, just a few centimetres below the surface of Antarctica’s remote blue-ice regions. “Antarctica is the best place on earth for collecting meteorites,” Geoffrey Evatt, senior lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Manchester, told Times Higher Education. “However, iron meteorites account for around 0.5% of the collected specimens on the Antarctic continent, as compared to the proportion of 5.5% collected elsewhere on earth. As such, a significant number of iron meteorites appear to be ‘missing’ from the Antarctic record.” Dr Evatt and his team hope to find new regions of Antarctica that hold meteorites on their surface, and then, using wide metal detectors, search for the sub-surface layer of iron meteorites. “We shall then carefully extract them and bring them back to the UK for examination,” he said. “Each meteorite contains valuable information [about] the formation of the solar system. In particular, iron meteorites help us to understand the formation of planets (because iron meteorites used to form the core of planetissimals – small planets that were later destroyed). Our retrieved samples will help greatly in that regard.”

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