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On November 18th and 19th scientific researchers and leading professionals from the automotive, oil and petrochemical industries came together for a conference at Diamond. The event focused on the future of world transport, discussing the challenges faced by the industry and highlighting the cutting edge science which is already providing insights and solutions to address the obstacles to greener transportation and future energy production.
A two day science conference, iCAR 2013: Illuminating Challenges in Automotive Research 2013 was hosted at Diamond in partnership with Infineum, a world-class formulator, manufacturer and marketer of petroleum additives. Over 20 speakers from both business and research backgrounds gave a global and industry-wide perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the automotive industry. The 100 attendees heard presentations on subjects as diverse as how catalysts can reduce polluting compounds from exhaust gases, new materials for automotive manufacturing, hydrogen powered vehicles, and how synchrotron research is facilitating greater understanding of these developments.
During the iCAR meeting, Nikolaos Baimpas, doctoral student in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford was presented with the inaugural Infineum-Diamond prize for Innovative Automotive Research using Synchrotron Light.
[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
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