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Research Portal profiles world leading research excellence
at the Queen's University of Belfast

  • Queen’s researchers develop technology to reduce cost of purifying natural gas 28 Jul, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge method of reducing the carbon dioxide content of natural gas, a process of major economic and environmental importance in the oil and gas industry. A team of researchers in the Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre has developed an innovative technology that uses a mixture of water and ionic liquids (salts which are liquid under ambient conditions) to remove carbon dioxide from raw natural gas extracted from natural reservoirs under the sea. The new process is aimed at reducing the global environmental and economic costs of purifying natural gas, which is by far the cleanest burning fuel available in large amounts. In comparison to current conventional ‘amine’ purifying systems, which use volatile and corrosi...)
  • Queen’s researchers discover simple solution to worrying levels of arsenic in our rice 23 Jul, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough in discovering how to lower worrying levels of arsenic in rice that is eaten all over the world. After many laboratory experiments, they have discovered that a simple, shop-bought coffee percolator is the best method for removing the carcinogen, inorganic arsenic, from all types of rice, including white and wholegrain. The results are published in the PLOS ONE journal today. Rice is the only major crop grown under flooded conditions. It is this flooding that releases inorganic arsenic, normally locked up in soil minerals, which is then absorbed by the plant. Too much arsenic is associated with a range of health problems including, at worst, bladder and lung cancer. Rice has, typically, ten times more inorganic arsenic than other foods and according to the European Fo...)
  • Queen's collaboration showcases innovative research at UK Parliament 16 Jul, 2015 A Queen’s University collaboration which developed a blood analyser used in hospitals and war zones, has showcased its ground-breaking work at the UK Parliament. The OPTI blood analyser, which was developed by Queen’s Professor AP de Silva, in collaboration with Optimedical Inc and AVL BioScience Corporation, Roswell GA, produces blood test results in less than 30 seconds, enabling rapid medical responses to be carried out. It is now being used worldwide in GP surgeries, veterinary surgeries and hospital critical care units. The work of the blood analyser was presented to UK MP’s as part of a national campaign run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics. Entitled ‘Inspirational science for a modern economy’, the campaign demonstrates UK success stories from the Research Excellence Framework...)
  • Paralympic gold medallists honoured by Queen’s University 08 Jul, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast will today (Wednesday 8 July) honour two very special sportswomen for their outstanding talent and determination. Kelly Gallagher MBE is the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the Winter Paralympics. A graduate in mathematics from the University of Bath, she won Britain’s first Winter Paralympic Gold for skiing during Sochi 2014. Born with the genetic condition oculocutaneous albinism, Gallagher is registered blind and on snow, uses a sighted guide, Charlotte Evans. They will each be awarded a DUniv for distinction in sport. Kelly lives in Bangor, Co Down and before she came to international sporting fame worked as a statistician with the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Just before she was selected for the British disabled Ski Team, Gallagher began a part time Master’s course in ...)
  • Double celebration for Queen’s student and fiancée 07 Jul, 2015 It’s a double celebration for a Queen’s University student as he graduates with his American fiancée by his side. Newry student, John McCaul, graduates with a degree in Modern History and Politics and will celebrate with his fiancée, Ashlyn Neas who has flown in from Tennessee, USA especially for the big day. John met Ashlyn while on the Study USA exchange programme, facilitated by the British Council NI and supported by Queen’s, at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina.  While on the exchange John was awarded the Certificate in American Business Practice. Before returning home, he spent a summer internship at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington DC. Reflecting on his time at Queen’s, John said: “My three years studying have been very cha...)
  • Female high-fliers honoured by Queen’s 03 Jul, 2015 The first woman to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford will be honoured by Queen’s University today (Thursday 2 July). Professor Louise Richardson, a renowned scholar on terrorism and security studies, will be recognised for her exceptional services to education.  She currently leads St Andrews University as its Principal and Vice-Chancellor and will take up the new position at the University of Oxford at the beginning of next year. A native of County Waterford, Professor Richardson studied at Trinity College Dublin where she received a Rotary Scholarship to study in the US and completed a PhD at Harvard University, where she taught for many years and held a succession of high-profile positions. Commenting on her honorary degree, Professor Richardson said: “I am both delighted and honoured to recei...)
  • Significant research grant awarded to develop and test a new model of pharmacy practice in care homes 01 Jul, 2015 Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and the Universities of East Anglia, Aberdeen and Leeds, in partnership with NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have succeeded in winning a £2 million Programme Grant from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for a five year programme of research into medicines management in care homes. The Queen’s University Belfast contribution will be led by Professor Carmel Hughes, from the School of Pharmacy. Professors David Wright and Richard Holland from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine respectively at the University of East Anglia, are leading the research. A national report identified large numbers of medication errors in care homes and recommended that one individual should be responsible for medicines management. Emerging evidence indi...)
  • Leading Rosetta mission scientist gives the latest on Philae at Queen’s University 29 Jun, 2015 In the wake of the Philae probe ‘waking up’ last weekend as part of the Rosetta space mission, Queen’s University Belfast is to host a free public lecture by one of Rosetta’s key scientists. Monica Grady CBE, Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University, is a leading scientist in the Rosetta mission which oversaw the landing of the Philae space probe back in November. Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University, also provides research support to the mission by telescopic observations from Earth. Professor Grady will deliver the Royal Irish Academy 2015 McCrea Lecture at Queen’s on Friday 26 June, including a detailed account of the Rosetta mission to date, along with a more general insight into comets and why some people think they may hold ...)
  • Queen’s researchers in hospital superbug breakthrough 11 Jun, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge new medical therapy that could protect UK hospital patients against a lethal superbug. The new treatment, which uses a molecule called an inhibitor to prevent the new superbug Klebsiella pneumonia from blocking the body’s natural defences, has the potential to save thousands of lives in the UK each year. Klebsiella, which has mortality rates of 25-60%, can cause bladder infections and pneumonia and is resistant to all major antibiotics. The research team, from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s, found that Klebsiella can survive inside white blood cells called ‘macrophages’, which are meant to protect the human body from infection. The superbug takes over a protein in the blood cell called ‘Akt̵...)
  • Queen’s launches Northern Ireland’s first drugs and alcohol network 10 Jun, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s have joined forces with the Public Health Agency and the Department of Health to form the first ever Drugs and Alcohol Research Network (DARN) in Northern Ireland which will be launched tomorrow, 11 June 2015. DARN aims to provide a one-stop platform for all researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in Northern Ireland and internationally, in order to develop a more informed research base on drugs and alcohol issues. Inside Queen’s, DARN will act as an inter-disciplinary forum where findings from areas as diverse as social work, public health, education, economics, sociology, psychology, law and pharmacy can be pooled and feed into wider discussions outside the University, including directly informing government policy and comparative studies with other countries. Lead organisers, Dr Anne Campbell and...)