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.


  • 23 June 2016
  • Dr Paul Coxon receives an inaugural Public Engagement with Research Award
  • On Monday 20 June, the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research presented two sets of inaugural awards; the Impact Awards run by the Research Strategy Office, and the Public Engagement with Research Awards run by the Public Engagement team in the Office of External Affairs and Communications.
  • In particular the Public Engagement with Research Awards were set up to recognise and reward those who undertake quality engagement with research. Amongst this year's winners was the Department's Dr Paul Coxon.
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Research papers of the month

  • I. Errea et al., "Quantum hydrogen-bond symmetrization in the superconducting hydrogen sulfide system", Nature 532, 81-84 (07 April 2016)

  • G. Schusteritsch et al., "Single-Layered Hittorf’s Phosphorus: A Wide-Bandgap High Mobility 2D Material", Nano Lett. 16 (5), (2016) pp 2975–2980

  • C. Ou et al., "Template-Assisted Hydrothermal Growth of Aligned Zinc Oxide Nanowires for Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Applications", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Article ASAP (2016)