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BMC On Physical Sciences blog presents insights and opinions on a wide range of subjects within physical and applied sciences such as physics, chemistry, engineering, energy, material science and computer science.

Our content comes from our rapidly growing portfolio of BMC branded, Open Access physical and applied science journals such as BMC Chemistry, Journal of Applied Volcanology, Geochemical Transactions, BMC Energy, Sustainable Earth, and Big Data Analytics.

As well as writing about the research we publish, this blog is a place to read discussions on conferences, insights into journal developments, and commentary on news in the field.

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Luca Calatroni, Marie D'Autume, Rob Hocking, Stella Panayotova, Simone Parisotto, Paola Ricciardi & Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb

Luca Calatroni is a Hadamard research fellow working at the Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées (CMAP) of the École Polytechnique, France. He completed his PhD in Applied Mathematics within the Cambridge Image Analysis group at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2015 and joined the CMAP in 2016 after a one-year post-doc Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship at the University of Genova, Italy. His research interests lie in the fields of mathematical image processing, inverse problems and non-smooth optimisation continuous optimisation. Marie d'Autume is a PhD student at CMLA, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France. Her research interests lie in image processing, texturing of 3D reconstructions and satellite images. Rob Hocking is a postdoctoral researcher in the scientific computing lab at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in math at the University of Cambridge, focusing on image inpainting as it applies to 3D conversion. His interests include image processing, computer graphics and visualization, multigrid, and mathematical art. Stella Panayotova has an MA in Classics from the University of Sofia (1990) and a DPhil in medieval history from the University of Oxford (1998). She has been Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum since 2000, and Director of the Cambridge Illuminations research project (since Oct. 2004) and of the MINIARE research project (since Oct. 2011). Simone Parisotto is a PhD Student at the Cambridge Centre for Analysis (CCA) of the University of Cambridge (UK), where he is also a member of the Cambridge Image Analysis group, led by Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb. His research interests include inverse, variational and optimization problems in image analysis, with outlook to Cultural Heritage conservation challenges. Paola Ricciardi is a Research Scientist at the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge, UK) where she is responsible for the scientific aspects of the MINIARE research project (www.miniare.org). She holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage Science from the University of Florence (2008). Her main research interests include the technical analysis of cultural heritage objects; the study of artists’ materials and techniques; and the transfer of knowledge between artists and craftsmen working in different media. Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb is Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK, where she heads the Cambridge Image Analysis Group at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Her research interests are in mathematical imaging, inverse problems, partial differential equations and variational models.

Cristina Duran-Casablancas & Matija Strlič

Cristina Duran-Casablancas is a PhD student at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) and conservator at the Amsterdam City Archives. Her present research explores the use of Systems modelling to evaluate the effect of preservation actions during the lifetime of collections. Matija Strlič is Professor of Heritage Science at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Deputy Director of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA).

Francesco Caruso, Sara Mantellato, Noëlle L.W. Streeton & Tine Frøysaker

Francesco Caruso (1981), Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Conservation and Conservation Science at the University of Oslo since 2016. His main research interests lie in the development and application of analytical methods for the conservation of cultural heritage and the materials science aspects related to it. Sara Mantellato (1982), Ph.D., is postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich since 2018 (and Ph.D. student from 2012 to 2018). She is mainly interested in the rheological properties of admixed cementitious systems and analytical methods for their characterisation. Noëlle L.W. Streeton (1968), Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Conservation at the University of Oslo since 2010. Her main research interests concern historical painting practices, late-medieval painting and polychrome sculpture, chemistry of artists’ materials, and the politics of cultural heritage. Tine Frøysaker (1957), Ph.D., is Professor of Paintings Conservation at the University of Oslo since 2011 (and Associate Professor from 2005 to 2011). She is, at present, interested in the conservation and materials of Edvard Munch and Harriet Backer and of medieval painting and polychrome sculpture.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is a PhD student at WMG - The University of Warwick. He is approaching the end of his studies, which concern the application of 3D Printing and other cutting-edge visualisation methodologies in Cultural Heritage. His wider research interests include Palaeontology, Conservation and User Experience methodologies.

Jordy Davelaar

Jordy Davelaar is a PhD-student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His work focuses on plasma simulation and radiation models of accreting supermassive black holes within the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. During his PhD he was selected as a Face of Science by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences

Jan Lindsay

Associate Professor Jan Lindsay is a volcanologist in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where her position is supported by a Fellowship from the New Zealand Earthquake Commission. She has an MSc in Geology from the University of Auckland, and a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Giessen in Germany. She has held positions at GNS Science in Taupo, New Zealand; the GeoResearch Centre (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany; and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and is co-leader of the IAVCEI working Group on Volcanic Hazard Mapping. She is a Past President of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.

Shuro Nakajima

Shuro is currently a professor at the Department of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University, Japan. His research interests include personal mobility vehicles, mobile robots, and intelligent vehicles. RT-Mover P-WA, his innovation, received the fourth place award in the powered wheelchair discipline at Cybathlon, in 2016. Lab: https://www.wakayama-u.ac.jp/~nakajima/

Dr Capucine Korenberg

Dr Capucine Korenberg has worked as a conservation scientist at the British Museum for more than 15 years. Her research focusses on assessing the suitability of conservation treatments for artworks and antiquities and understanding the deterioration processes in these objects with a view of finding ways to better preserve them. Following a major exhibition on Hokusai (the artist who designed The Great Wave) at the British Museum in 2017, Capucine has developed a strong interest in the study of Japanese woodblock prints.

Rajarshi Guha

Rajarshi Guha is the Associate Director of Informatics at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he leads the cheminformatics group which tackles problems in cheminfrormatics ranging from high throughput screening analyses to characterizing screening libraries and chemogenomic studies.

Donal Hill & Marianna Fontana

Donal Hill is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, and a member of the LHCb collaboration at CERN. His research focuses on the measurement of fundamental Standard Model parameters using B meson decays, and the calibration of charged particle identification (PID) performance. He also studies B meson decays to final states with tau leptons, in order to perform searches for lepton flavour universality violation. Marianna Fontana is a CERN fellow researcher in the LHCb experiment. Her research activities focus on the search for New Physics effects in the flavour physics sector. She studies rare decays of mesons containing charm quarks and and she contributes to the developments of the muon identification software for the upcoming LHCb upgrade.

Janet G. Douglas

Janet G. Douglas is an Emeritus Research Scientist, and the former Head of Technical Studies at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, MD. She was a Conservation Scientist at the Freer Sackler’s Department of Conservation and Scientific Research for over 25 years, where her research focused on technical studies of Asian works of art and archaeology such as bronze, mineral pigments, stone, and jade.

Ana Valente

Ana studied astrophysics and cosmology at the universities of Porto and Heidelberg. She joined Springer Nature in 2016 as development editor of open-access journals in physical sciences.

Davy Falkner

Davy manages BMC's blog network and social media channels. He graduated from Keele University with a BSc in Biology with English in 2014.

Samuel Winthrop

Samuel has a background in medicinal biochemistry, and has worked in a variety of roles in the STM publishing industry since 2010. He is currently a Journal Development Manager for Springer Nature focussing on open-access publications in chemistry and data science.

Lucy Eccles

Lucy is Communications Officer at BMC. Prior to this she has worked in the charity sector and in radiotherapy clinical trials. She has a Biomedical Science degree from the University of Southampton.