On 9 December 2010, the first cohort went to visit the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).
On 9 December 2010, the first cohort from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Simulation of Materials visited the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Traditionally an institute that was set up to oversee national measurement standards, such as the metre, NPL is today also a place for fundamental and applied research in other related areas.
The visit was a result of a collaboration between the Physics and Materials departments at Imperial College and NPL. This collaboration has lead to a PhD project about the simulation of polymers, jointly supervised by academics from these three entities.
The students' visit to NPL consisted of a number of talks delivered by members of NPL, Prof. Mike Finnis from Imperial and seven first-year TSM CDT PhD students. The discussion after the students' talks consisted of some very tough questions by NPL academics, which were handled more than admirably by the students.
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