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Publications

2014 Mortimer, B., Guan, J., Holland, C., Porter, D., & Vollrath, F. - Linking naturally and unnaturally spun silks through the forced reeling of Bombyx mori. Acta Biomaterialia, access

2014 Mortimer, B., Gordon, S.D., Holland, C., Siviour, C.R., Vollrath, F., & Windmill, J.F. - The speed of sound in silk: Linking material performance to biological function. Advanced Materials, 26 (30): 5179-5183 access

2014 Mortimer, B. - The softer side of nature: caterpillars inspire new-age robots. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology - Science News access

2014 Mortimer, B. & Holland, C. - The use of spider silk as a biomaterial. Chapter 15 in Advances in Silk Science and Technology: Woodhead publishing. In press

2013 Mortimer, B., Holland, C. & Vollrath, F. - Forced Reeling of Bombyx mori Silk: Separating Behavior and Processing Conditions. Biomacromolecules access * 2nd prize winner in Zwick Award 2013 *

2013 Mortimer, B., Drodge, D.R., Dragnevski, K.I., Siviour, C.R. & Holland, C. - In situ tensile tests of single silk fibres in an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). Journal of Materials Science, 48 (14): 5055-5062 access

2012 Drodge, D.R., Mortimer, B., Holland, C. & Siviour, C.R. - Ballistic Impact to Access the High-Rate Behaviour of Individual Silk Fibres. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 60 (10): 1710-1721 access

 

Presentations

2014

Forced reeling of Bombyx mori silk: separating behavior and processing conditions, Zwick Academia Day, 9th April 2014, * 2nd prize winner in Zwick Award 2013 *

Multipurpose spider silks: the implications of web impact on vibration signalling, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology conference, Austin, Texas, 4th January 2014

2013

Sonic properties of silk, Invertebrate Sound and Vibration conference, Glasgow, 25th July 2013 * Best student talk prize winner *

Spider silk under high-rate impact: energy management and mechanical properties, Society for Experimental Biology conference, Valencia, 4th July 2013 * 1st prize winner in General Biomechanics session *

Silk as a humidity sensor inside the ESEM: The role of coating, tension and pump-down procedure, 1st LIMA Users Club Meeting, Engineering Science Department, Oxford, 20th March 2013

2012

The sound of silk: understanding how silk transmits vibrations, New College Colloquium, Oxford, 22nd November 2012

Spider silk, Hypernature, Beyond Fashion Summit 2012, Berlin, 15th November 2012 (invited industry engagement talk)

The sound of silk: linking high-rate impact to silk vibration, poster at Physics meets Biology 2012 Institute of Physics conference, Oxford, 3rd September 2012

Shooting silk: Stress strain properties of single fibres at high-rate, 18th Congress of the European Society for Biomechanics, Lisbon, 4th July 2012

The sound of silk: Linking high-rate impact to silk vibration, ABRG seminar, Zoology Department, Oxford, 14th June 2012

Silk Research: an interdisciplinary success story? ‘Nature of Physics’ Franckensymposium 2012, Groningen, 15th May 2012 (invited)

Spiders, school assembly at Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire, 1st March 2012 (invited public engagement talk)

2011

SHARD: Silk in High rate Applications and Research into Damage Tolerance, CUE group, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 17th January 2012 2011

Shooting silk: techniques to study silk fibres under high-speed impact, poster at Biofuture 2011, Ghent, 17th November 2011

Shooting silk: techniques to study silk fibres under high-speed impact, poster at Society for Experimental Biology’s Annual Main Meeting 2011, Glasgow, 4th July 2011

SHARD: Silk in High rate Applications and Research into Damage Tolerance, ABRG seminar, Zoology Department, Oxford 16th June 2011

 

Public engagement

2014

Science journalism piece, ‘The softer side of nature: caterpillars inspire new-age robots, published online at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology

SILK exhibit at the Big Bang National Fair, NEC, Birmingham, 15-16th March 2014. More here

Spider silk activity, Marcham School, 7th February 2014

2013

Beth is awarded a £1000 public engagement grant from the IOP for the Big Bang Fair exhibit in March 2014

Beth registers as a 'STEM ambassador', October 2013

Lab tour organised for University of Oxford Alumni weekend 2013, Zoology Department, September 2013

Silks, spiders and other materials as part of Oxford University Science Roadshow, St Birinus School, Didcot 21st March 2013 and Oaskgrove School, Milton Keynes 22nd March 2013

2012

Spider silk, Hypernature, Beyond Fashion Summit 2012, Berlin, 15th November 2012

Designed and presented (at opening) spider silk exhibit at ‘Magical Materials’ exhibition at Science Gallery, Dublin 15th September- 4th November 2012

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, June 2012 participant in Materials Zone, 11th-22nd June 2012

Spiders, school assembly at Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire, 1st March 2012

Spider silk lesson, 12-13 year olds, St Martin’s Ampleforth School, North Yorkshire, 1st March 2012

2011

Spider silk lesson, 10-11 year olds, Zoology Department, Oxford, 27th June 2011

 

Media

2014

‘Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities’ Documentary airs on Eden channel, February 2014 access

2013

Work on silkworm paralysis featured in the World Textile Information Network's magazine, Twist, November 2013. Read excerpt here and article here

BBC Radio 4 documentary 'Silk', aired October 2013 access

Work on silkworm paralysis featured in online article, September 2013 access

BBC News article on slow motion, 8th July 2013 access

BBC News article on firing projectiles into silk, 7th July 2013 access

BBC Oxford live radio interview on spider silks, 6th June 2013

2012

Helped in research for Monocle 24 radio station on ‘Spider venoms’, 4th September 2012

Superfreaks of Nature, episode 2, aired on Quest channel, 23rd August 2012 access

Falterwelten: Die Natur als Vorbild, German TV program on silkworm silks, aired 7th February 2012 access

Quoted in ‘Is spider web technology a possibility of just a spin?’ Metro article, 13th January 2012 access

 

Prizes and Awards

2014

Thesis commendation (MPLS Division, University of Oxford)

Awarded £1000 public engagement grant from Institute of Physics, for science fair March 2014 (physics)

2013

Second prize (€2k) in Zwick Science Award 2013 for Biomacromolecules 2013 paper (materials science)

Winner of best oral presentation in the General Biomechanics session at SEB conference 2013 (biology)

Winner of best student talk at ISV conference 2013 (biology)

Winner of best paper in Biological Systems & Materials, SEM conference 2013 (mechanics)

 

 
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