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Polymer picture captures judges’ attention in EPSRC photography competition

Polymer support fluids spinning off a piling auger captured on camera by Manchester University geotechnics lecturer Carlos Lam proved to be award-winning in a recent EPSRC photography competition.

From nano-molecules to mega-structures

The image, entitled “From nano-molecules to mega-structures”, took second prize in the equipment category and was the only geotechnical-related image to win an award out of the 250 entries

The image was taken by Lam while on site at Westfield Shopping Centre with Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering in 2008 during research for his DPhil at Oxford University.

Lam’s image, entitled “From nano-molecules to mega-structures”, took second prize in the equipment category and was the only geotechnical-related image to win an award out of the 250 entries. He took the image while undertaking EPSRC-funded research with Environmental Geotechnics director Stephan Jefferis to understand how the polymer solutions interact with the soil below ground during piling operations and how use of polymers can reduce construction waste to help achieve sustainability.

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