- Nikolaos Baimpas, doctoral student in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, speaking on the research that led to him receiving the inaugural Infineum-Diamond prize for Innovative Automotive Research using Synchrotron Light. Nikolaos conducted experiments on I12, Diamond’s Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing (JEEP) beamline, which showed how synchrotron light can deliver unprecedented insights into the inner workings of complex engineering machines.
Ian Shannon, Global R&D Manager, Passenger Car Motor Oils at Shell Global Solutions said, “To develop lubricants that enable effective lubrication of future fuel-efficient vehicles, engine manufacturers and lubricant producers should work together to ensure lubricants and engines are designed as one system. The lubricant of the future will be highly fuel efficient, highly temperature stable, resistant to deposit formation, compatible with complex after-treatment and new surface materials. To develop lubricants that enable effective lubrication of future fuel-efficient vehicles.”
Trevor Rayment, Director of Physical Sciences at Diamond Light Source commented, “The research undertaken at Diamond by both academic and industry researchers is leading the innovation of cleaner, smarter and more efficient vehicles. iCAR 2013 has brought together individuals from diverse specialities all of whom are committed to the same goal. We believe that this event has built connections and disseminated ideas that the industry will find valuable as it maps out the future of transport. Speakers have described both the challenges and the research they are currently undertaking to meet these challenges and, in doing so, re-shaping the automotive industry of the future. We are very excited that science here at Diamond is playing an important role in making that possible.”
Chris Locke, Executive Vice President of the Marketing and Technology division at Infineum International Ltd said, “We developed a key partnership with Diamond Light Source as part of our commitment to long term investment in research to meet the environmental and technical challenges of the future. We recognise that some of these challenges are so broad ranging that they need to be addressed through ongoing collaborations, with physics, chemistry and engineering experts combining their knowledge and specialist research capabilities. At iCAR 2013, we hope to further enhance this spirit of innovation through collaboration and sharing our experiences with others in industry.”
[i] “A feasibility study of dynamic stress analysis inside a running internal combustion engine using synchrotron X-ray beams” by Nikolaos Baimpas, Michael Drakopoulos, Thomas Connolley, Xu Song, Costas Pandazaras and Alexander M. Korsunsky. J. Synchrotron Rad. (2013). 20, 316-323
About the organisers
Diamond Light Source, a joint venture between the UK Government and the Wellcome Trust, is located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences. For more information, please visit www.diamond.ac.uk
The Infineum Group of Companies is a world-class petroleum additives enterprise. With headquarters in Milton Hill, UK, Infineum is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of lubricant additives used primarily in automotive, heavy-duty diesel and marine engines, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuels. Its customers are oil companies and other lubricant and fuel marketers. The Infineum product line also includes specialty additives for automotive transmission fluids, and gear and industrial oils. For more information visit the Infineum Web site at http://www.infineum.com