The Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum
The annual Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum was held on Tuesday 17th June 2014 in the Pippard Lecture Theatre at the Cavendish Laboratory on the University of Cambridge's West Cambridge Site.
The Forum included the 16th Kelly Lecture, ‘Made-to-Measure Surfaces’ given by Professor Nicholas D. Spencer Chair, Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich and President, ETH Research Commission. Surfaces are crucial in determining many materials properties, whether it be their lubricity, their biocompatibility, or their resistance to corrosion. The attachment of small organic molecules and polymers to materials surfaces is an invaluable approach to tuning such properties. This presentation showed how such surface functionalisation can be performed on a host of different materials, and how it can be used to produce surfaces and surface structures that lend themselves to specific applications.
Promoting Materials Science to Industry and Academia
The Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum is held annually at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy in Cambridge with the aim of raising the profile of materials science in the UK academic and industrial communities, while being international in scope. The Forum attracts high-level involvement from industry, research councils and other influential bodies. It incorporates the Kelly Lecture and the Gordon Seminars, inaugurated in 1999 to mark the opening of the Gordon Laboratory in the Department. It is generously supported by the Armourers and Brasiers' Livery Company and ten other sponsors.
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