Nanostructured functional materials for energy efficient refrigeration, energy harvesting and production of hydrogen from water

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Objectives

The research group at Imperial College London investigating ‘nanostructured functional materials for energy efficient refrigeration, energy harvesting and production of hydrogen from water’ had many objectives that they aimed to reach via Creativity@home funding. One of these aims was to improve the effectiveness of their research by reviewing the project including key milestones, potential opportunities and anticipated challenges.

It was also important for the group to crystallise methodologies for having highly effective team meetings where ideas could be generated and open feedback was encouraged to produce higher quality results and solutions. Furthermore, the team aimed to use the grant to improve the efficiency of the project by helping keep on track and save time by ensuring every member of the team took on a proactive role in maintaining project momentum.

Activities

The activity the group carried out to meet these objectives was to organise a day-long facilitated meeting in the first year of the programme with the entire research group in attendance to brainstorm possible activities and research directions – this included making a short film exploring key events in the lifetime of the grant.

Outcomes

The event had a significant impact on teambuilding as it brought researchers from various different departments together to allow them to collaborate closely. "The improved social effect was immediate and something that we shall still be feeling the benefits of three years from now." – Professor Neil Alford (principal Investigator). It was also seen as a great way to exchange ideas outside of people’s normal comfort zone, helping to generate innovative ideas that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the project.