As part of my research, we found a simpler way to produce the materials and filed a patent. Theres a lot of excitement about the new research avenues we can explore from here. I was lucky enough to receive additional funding from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition for 1851. Using this I built unique and completely bespoke equipment, which allowed me to explore more areas and come up with new applications for our research.
During my PhD I've attended various conferences, all around the world. At one conference in the US I connected with researchers from the University of Colorado, Denver who had overlapping interests and we identified new research areas where we could combine our different skills. I successfully applied for a fellowship which will allow me to join the Denver group for a year. The group is at the forefront of developing novel soft materials for shock-absorbing systems, including things like American football helmets. Its an exciting new direction for me!