Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy


The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy is now housed in a new building on the West Cambridge Science and Technology campus. For the first time in its history, the Department is housed in a single building designed for purpose. The Department has over 30 academic staff including research fellows, more than 50 administrative, technical and support staff, and roughly 80 postdoctoral researchers, 130 research students and 30 visiting scientists at any time.


  • 28 January 2016
  • New £20.4m project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing

    The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (DMSM) has become a partner in a newly launched major collaborative project that is set to transform the UK pharmaceutical industry by enabling the manufacturing processes of the innovative medicines of the future to be designed digitally.

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Research papers of the month

  • J. Chen, G. Schusteritsch, C.J. Pickard, C.G. Salzmann, and A. Michaelides, "Two Dimensional Ice from First Principles: Structures and Phase Transitions", Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 025501

  • G. Divitini, S. Cacovich, F. Matteocci, L. Cinà, A. Di Carlo, C. Ducati, “In situ observation of heat-induced degradation of perovskite solar cells”, Nature Energy 15012 (2016).

  • N. Denkov, S. Tcholakova, I. Lesov, D. Cholakova & S.K. Smoukov, "Self-shaping of oil droplets via the formation of intermediate rotator phases upon cooling", Nature 528, 392 (2015)