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.


  • 07 July 2016
  • Battery paste recycling technology developed at Cambridge is licensed to Aurelius Environmental
  • A lead-acid battery paste recycling technology that is cheaper and cleaner than traditional methods, developed by Dr Vasant Kumar and his research team, has been licensed to Aurelius Environmental (AE) in the West Midlands. The technology, which has the potential to transform the battery recycling industry (a $14 billion market), aims to be the most complete closed-loop recycling system in the world, providing significant cost reductions in the lead-acid battery manufacturing supply chain.
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Research papers of the month

  • F.L. Boughey et. al., "Vertically aligned zinc oxide nanowires electrodeposited within porous polycarbonate templates for vibrational energy harvesting", Nanotechnology (Letters) 27(2016) 28LT02

  • K.M. Knowles, "The Biaxial Moduli of Cubic Materials Subjected to an Equi-biaxial Elastic Strain", J Elast. (2016) 124:1–25

  • A. Dewaeleet. al., "Synthesis and stability of xenon oxides Xe2O5 and Xe3O2 under pressur", Nature Chemistry (2016)