The Institute of Physics (IOP) Dielectrics 2009 conference took place at Reading University, England, attracting 85 individuals from various companies and research institutions across 12 different countries. The University of Southampton sent 18 delegates from the schools of Engineering Sciences (SES) and Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). A large number of these researchers were from the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory based at the University.
The conference spanned a wide range of themes over the 3 days including: Molecular and bulk relaxation processes, space charge and charge transport in insulators, bio-dielectrics and complex systems and functional materials. The majority of the work at the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory covers the first two topics but the range of themes allowed our delegates to observe research completed in different fields at other institutions.
Delegates from the High Voltage Lab gave two oral presentations, one by Dr. Ian L Hosier entitled “Polypropylene based systems for high voltage cable insulation applications” and the other by Dr. George Chen entitled “Experimental Research on Cell Membrane Charging Properties Using Pulsed Electro-acoustic Method”. Researchers from the lab gave twelve poster presentations allowing the research community to see the large range of research currently undertaken at Southampton.
The next IOP Dielectrics conference will take place in 2011.