Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Department News

09 September 2014

Congratulations to Prof Sir John Meurig Thomas!

The Academic Council and Presidium of the European Academy of Sciences have awarded Prof Sir John Thomas the Blaise Pascal Medal for Materials Sciences 2014. Blaise Pascal medals are awarded in recognition of outstanding and demonstrated personal contributions to science and technology and to the promotion of excellence in research and education.

20 June 2014

BBC Radio 4 - Frontiers

Dr Krzysztof  Koziol featured in this week's BBC Radio 4's Frontiers series.  The broadcast on Wednesday night covered the topic of power transmission, discussing how the future of the grid might look as power generation becomes increasingly mixed and demand increases.  Dr Koziol discusses work on carbon nanotube wires and copper-CNT Ultrawire cables within this broadcast, which is available to "listen again" online on the BBC Radio 4 website.  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046l80q
(Dr Koziol features at about 11:46-16:00 minutes and 19:46-21:05 minutes)

June 2014

Professor Emeritus Anthony Kelly, ScD, FRS, FREng, PhD, CBE, DL
1929-2014

1959-67 University Lecturer, 1960 Founding Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1994- Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Churchill College - News

09 May 2014

A New FRS!

Congratulations to Prof. Paul Midgley who was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society on 30 April 2014.

 

01 May 2014

Congratulations to Dr Vasant Kumar

The Council of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has approved Dr Vasant Kumar as the Kroll Medal and Prize winner 2014.

 

April 2014

Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum

The annual Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum will be 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 will include 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. 

Please visit the Forum website for more information and to register your attendance.

03 April 2014

Dave Duke MBE, 1948-2014

It is with sadness that we share the news that David Duke, MBE, our former Principal Technician, died on Saturday 29th March 2014. Dave was such a huge part of the Department for 49 years and his great contributions were recognised in the 2010 New Year's honours list when an MBE was bestowed upon him. See photo, with his wife.

 

06 March 2014

We are world class!

The University of Cambridge has been ranked as the top UK university for Materials Science in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 - Materials Science listings. Our overall score of 91.7 places us alongside Stanford University, USA, in joint second place in the world-wide subject-based rankings, with MIT, USA, in first place.

The full listings are available on the QS World University Rankings website.

 

04 February 2014

Congratulations!

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys has been awarded with an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Microscopical Society.

20 January 2014

A new Affiliated Lecturer

We would like to officially welcome Dr Erica Bithell in her new role as an Affiliated Lecturer within the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, as was announced in the Reporter (Weekly Issue, 6333).  This title was granted from 1st October 2013 and will be for two years.

29 November 2013

Celebrating over 100 years of Goldsmiths’ support – Dedication of new rooms

On Friday 29 November 2013, two of the department’s new teaching and meeting rooms were officially opened. Celia Honeycombe, daughter of Sir Robert Honeycombe (1921–2007), and in the presence of the current Prime Warden and Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company, unveiled a plaque in memory of her father, marking the opening of the Sir Robert Honeycombe Room.  Sir Robert was a liveryman, past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company (1986-87) and the 4th Goldsmiths’ Professor at the University of Cambridge. The party moved to the Goldsmiths’ Teaching Suite and Professors Mark Blamire and Lindsay Greer spoke about the Department’s long relationship with the Goldsmiths’ Company, starting with the endowment of a Readership in Metallurgy (1908), their help in setting up the Goldsmiths’ Metallurgical Laboratory (1910-1920), and the subsequent upgrade of the Readership to a Chair in 1932.   The latest project to be supported by the Goldsmiths, the Goldsmiths’ Teaching Suite was then formally opened by the current Prime Warden, Mr R. D. Agutter.

Image - from R to L: Prof Sir Colin Humphrey (6th Goldsmiths’ Professor), Prof Lindsay Greer, Mr R. D. Agutter (Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company) and Prof Mark Blamire (HoD).

Read this article as a pdf (with further photographs)

03 December 2013

Visit of HRH The Duke of York

On October 31 2013, the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy was privileged to receive a visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of York.

Read the full article (pdf)

Photograph taken by Phillip Mynott

22 November 2013

Prof Harry Bhadeshia is elected to the Belgian Francqui Chair for 2013-14

Congratulations to Professor Harry Bhadeshia who has been elected to the Belgian Francqui Chair for 2013-14 at KU Leuven - Faculty of Engineering Science. As the Francqui Chair, he will give an inaugural lecture at the university and during the year he will lecture on his specialisms to students, researchers, professors and industrialists.

Cover image of the Opening brochure

04 October 2013

Official Opening of the New Building

The new Materials Science building has been officially opened by the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, in the presence of some 240 guests.  After short speeches by the Vice-Chancellor of the University Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the ex-Head of Department Professor Lindsay Greer, and the CEO of EPSRC Professor David Delpy, the Chancellor unveiled a commemorative plaque.  This is a significant moment for the Department as, for the first time in our history, we are housed under one roof in accommodation designed for purpose.

Official opening brochure (pdf)

Read the full story on the University News website

01 October 2013

A New Head of Department!

Professor Lindsay Greer has stepped down as Head of the Department of Materials Science after more than 7 years at the helm, as has Professor Bill Clyne from his role as Deputy Head. We now warmly welcome Professor Mark Blamire to the role of Head of Department. He is ably supported by two deputies; Professor Serena Best (responsible for Research) and Dr Zoe Barber (responsible for Teaching). We all look forward to a successful future under their guidance in our new purpose-built research and teaching facility at West Cambridge, which is due to be officially opened later this week.

10 September 2013

IOM3 Materials Literature Review Prize for 2013

PhD student Peter Walker is the winner of the IOM3 Materials Literature Review Prize for 2013. The aim of this prize is to encourage definitive, critical reviews of the literature by students; the winning reviews are published in the international journal Materials Science & Technology. Peter is maintaining a strong record: of the 13 such prizes in the history of the award, 5 have come to the Cambridge Materials Dept. For further details, see: http://www.iom3.org/news/materials-literature-review-prize-2013-winner-announced

02 August 2013

Aerogels and Aeroplanes

Ideas from the published work of Dawid Janas and Krzysztof Koziol have been featured in an article in The Economist which discusses a novel way to use the outcomes of their research - to de-ice aeroplanes.

Read the full article online in The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2013/07/de-icing-aeroplanes

The original paper features as our Paper of the Month for August:
D. Janas, K.K. Koziol, Carbon, 59 (2013) 457-463
(doi: 10.1016/j.carbon.2013.03.039)

01 August 2013

Day 14 of the move to West Cambridge

The move continues:  equipment starts to be installed in the new Mechanical Testing Laboratory.

26 July 2013

Day 10 of the move to West Cambridge

The move continues:  shelving and racks are installed in the new information centre / library.

25 July 2013

Day 9 of the move to West Cambridge

The move continues:  diffractometers are installed in the new laboratory for the X-ray facility of the Department.

24 July 2013

Day 8 of the move to West Cambridge

The move continues:  the photograph shows the end of the first day of occupation of the new offices for the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride.

19 July 2013

Day 5 of the move to West Cambridge

The move continues: the photograph shows crates of transported office contents in the atrium of the new building.

16 July 2013

Day 2 of the move to West Cambridge

The start continues with moving research equipment and office contents.

11 July 2013

Out of the old;  into the new…

As part of the final preparations for the Department’s move to West Cambridge, office areas in the new building have now been furnished. The move of laboratory equipment starts on 15 July.

28 June 2013

The Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum 2013

The annual Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum was held last week on the 19th June. Once again there was an excellent turnout for an informative and enjoyable series of talks.

Prof Sir Colin Humphreys gave the 15th Kelly Lecture entitled "Lighting the Future".

See the Forum website for more details and photos.

14 June 2013

"Electric Carbon" at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Dr Koziol's research group has been selected to present their work at the annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013 which runs from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th July in London.

Their work entitled "Carbon nanotube wires for efficient electricity generation and transportation" will be exhibited under the name "Electric Carbon" and will feature alongside other exciting cutting-edge science and technology research from the UK.

More details about the Exhibition can be found online. The website also includes visitor information for if you plan to go an see the exhibition - and best of all it's free to visit!

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013

Dr Koziol's research group

25 April 2013

Department achieves Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The Department's Athena SWAN Committee submitted an application to the Athena SWAN Assessment Panel in November last year and yesterday the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy's commitment to following and implementing the Athena SWAN principles was recognised by the panel with a Bronze award. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. The award will be presented at an awards ceremony to be held at The Royal Society of Edinburgh in June.

Read the full story on the University News website

Athena SWAN website

April 2013

Professor Ruth Cameron awarded ERC advanced grant

The European Research Council has awarded Professor Ruth Cameron a five-year Advanced Grant of approaching 2.5M euros. The grant will enable a team to work on the design, characterisation and development of 3D engineered environments for regenerative medicine, with target applications in the treatment of cardiac disease, breast cancer and blood disorders. The grant began this month and first appointments are currently advertised at www.jobs.ac.uk.

March 2013

Lighting the Future

On 28th March, David Willetts MP, the Minister for Universities and Science, opened a new £1million gallium nitride (GaN) deposition facility, marking the latest chapter in a decade-long research project led by Professor Sir Colin Humphreys in the Dept. of Materials Science & Metallurgy.  Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the project will continue to improve a novel method of growing light-emitting diodes (LEDs), reducing their cost by more than 50% and allowing much more widespread use.  The method developed by the Humphreys team allows growth of GaN on silicon instead of costly sapphire and silicon carbide.  The UK company, Plessey, has already started to manufacture LEDs at its factory in Plymouth, based on this Cambridge technology.  In opening the facility, David Willetts said: “LEDs are highly energy efficient but expensive to produce, meaning their domestic use is limited. This excellent new facility will enable researchers to look at more cost-efficient ways to produce LEDs, saving money and benefiting the environment. It will also help keep the UK research base at the very forefront of advanced materials, which is one of the eight great technologies.”

Image: Michael LeGoff, CEO of Plessey (left) and Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys (right) present David Willetts MP with a disc of illuminated LEDs made by the process developed in Sir Colin’s group.

Read the full story on the University News website

January 2013

Funding for advanced materials research announced

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP has announced new funding of £45 million for advanced materials research, for new facilities and equipment in areas of UK strength such as advanced composites; high-performance alloys; low-energy electronics and telecommunications; materials for energy; and nano-materials for health.  This follows the recent government report "Eight Great Technologies", in which research at the University of Cambridge features heavily, including the GaN work of Prof Sir Colin Humphreys, in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy.

Transcript of the announcement

Eight Great Technologies: full report

November 2012

Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award - Materials Science students win second prize!

Last month the Dow Chemical Company awarded US$12,500 to three Cambridge postgraduates conducting outstanding research in the name of global sustainability as part of the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge.

Giorgio Divitini and Najeeb Ullah – both PhD candidates at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy – scooped the second prize of $2,500 (£1,613) for their research into a sunlight-activated catalyst which can help purify water quickly and cheaply.

The substance, which is currently being patented, could be of particular importance in areas where industrial pollutants are rife in the watercourse, such dyes from garment manufacture in many areas in Asia.

Giorgio commented, “Najeeb and I are both very happy in having the support and recognition of Dow and the academics in the panel. We are starting work on a prototype and hope to test it in the field in Pakistan soon, to make a difference towards solving a serious real life issue.”

Read the full story

August 2012

BP funding for Prof Bhadeshia and co-workers

A consortium comprising University of Cambridge’s Prof Harry Bhadeshia and University of Manchester’s Professors Peter Lee and Stuart Lyon is one of the first groups to lead a project funded by the new BP Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM).

In order to drive developments in advanced materials, energy giant BP is establishing a $100 million international research centre with the University of Manchester at its hub and the University of Cambridge as one of three further partners contributing to the research programme.

Read the full story on the University News website

Alan Taub

June 2012

Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum

Another successful ABC Forum was held on the 27 June 2012. This year's Kelly Lecture was given by Dr Alan Taub former VP of Research for General Motors and was entitled "Materials Challenges for a Sustainable Automotive Industry". Five other talks were given by Dr Julian Allwood (Dept. of Eng., University of Cambridge), Prof Matt Rosseinshy (University of Liverpool), Andrew Bloodworth (British Geological Survey), Dr Nigel Knee (EDF), and Prof George Smith (University of Oxford).

For more information see: www.msm.cam.ac.uk/forum/

May 2012

Topping out for Materials Science and Metallurgy Building

More than sixty guests attended an event in the new Materials Science and Metallurgy Building on the West Cambridge site to watch the traditional topping out ceremony to celebrate the outer shell of the building being completed. (18/05/12)

Read the full story on the University News website

Aerial view of the development

March 2012

"The new building this month"

New aerial photo of the progress of the new Department building development at West Cambridge.

 

Prof Sir Alan Cottrell

February 2012

Prof Sir Alan COTTRELL, Kt FRS FREng
17 July 1919 - 15 February 2012

Head of Department (1958-65), Master of Jesus College (1974-86), and Vice-Chancellor of the University (1977-79).

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday 9 June 2012 in Great St Mary's, the University Church, in Cambridge.

Obituary written by Dr Jim Charles
Obituary written by Prof Lindsay Greer (for Materials World)
Obituary in The Telegraph

Cottrell Appeal (web site)

February 2012

A breakthrough technique for manufacturing LEDs on silicon, developed in the laboratory of Prof Sir Colin Humphreys, will be exploited in the UK by Plessey. Read the full article in the University's Research News.

December 2011

Congratulations to ED PICKERING and CAROLINE GODDARD on receiving their IoM3 student prizes. Ed won The Royal Charter Prize for the best materials student regardless of discipline. He read Natural Sciences here in Cambridge, specialising in Materials Science, and now continues to study here for a PhD.

The A T Green Award for the best ceramics student was awarded to Caroline Goddard, originally at The University of Manchester, but now studying for a PhD in the Department.

September 2011

Congratulations to ED PICKERING who won the award for BEST MATERIALS STUDENT at the 2011 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards.

August 2011

Concrete being poured for new building. Construction has started on the new building for the Department on the West Cambridge Science and Technology Campus. The building is expected to be completed in early 2013. Over many days in July concrete was poured to form the foundation slab for the main building. This large operation has involved cement mixer lorries arriving on site every 8 minutes. In early September there will be an even more carefully choreographed pour -- of the extra-thick anti-vibration foundation slab for our new state-of-the-art electron microscopy suite.

June 2011

Armourers and Brasiers Cambridge Forum. This year's Kelly Lecture was given by Prof Albert Fert from the Universite Paris-Sud (Orsay). Prof Fert is the first Nobel Prize winner to give a Kelly Lecture and his talk was entitled "Spintronics: Electrons, Spins, Computers and Telephones". Five other talks were given by Prof Simon Cox (Aberystwyth University), Dr Geoffrey Andrews (Ranier Technology), Dr Nikolaos Vlasopoulos (Novacem), Dr Peter Bonfield (BRE and ODA) and Prof Richard Friend (Cavendish).

June 2011

SKF Technology Centre opens up research into new bearing steels . The SKF University Technology Centre for Steels was inaugurated in a ceremony attended by Tom Johnstone, President and Chief Executive Officer of SKF,and the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. This cermony took place in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy on 9 June 2011. SKF and Cambridge aim to obtain and develop the necessary knowledge for designing the next generation of bearing steels and the Centre will be led by Professor Harry Bhadeshia.

http://www.skf.com/portal/skf_gb/home/news?contentId=895922

January 2011

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2010 - This year's excellent RI Christmas Lectures by Mark Miodownik (KCL) under the heading of Size Matters showcased materials and microstructure. Mark featured work from the Cambridge Materials Department: in Lecture 2, John Aveson (from our Rolls-Royce UTP) helped to demonstrate why superalloys are 'super', while Lecture 3 culminated in the story of Alan Windle's ultra-strong carbon-nanotube yarns.

November 2010

Work has begun at West Cambridge on the construction of a £41 million new home for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

November 2010

University of Cambridge spin-out Q-Flo Limited has signed an agreement with a major manufacturer to continue the commercial development of its super-strong carbon nanotube fibre, which is three times tougher than that currently used to make body armour.

September 2010

Most powerful microscope in the UK unveiled . The most powerful atom resolving microscope in the UK was today revealed at the University of Cambridge. The new electron microscope, which will enable scientists to view individual atoms in any material, was officially unveiled by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP.

June 2010

The University honoured Dr Rob Wallach with a Pilkington Prize for his outstanding contributions to teaching. These are awarded annually to 12 members of the University's teaching staff.

The 2010 Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum was held on Tuesday 15th June 2010 at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy.

The twelfth Kelly Lecture, entitled "Nano-twinned materials" was given at the Forum by Professor Ke Lu, Director of the Institute for Materials Research in Shenyang, China.

A knighthood has been awarded to Professor Colin Humphreys, CBE, FREng for services to Science

May 2010

Senior academic promotions from October 1st: Bill Clegg to be professor; Zoe Barber and Cathie Rae to be readers

January 2010

Congratulations to Dave Duke, principal technician of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, who has received an MBE in the 2010 New Years honours list.

 

December 2009

Cambridge scientists have shown that is possible to control the effective magnetization, as well as its direction, in a ferromagnet. Link

Orthomimetics has been acquired by Flemish biomaterials company Tigenix. Orthomimetics was founded in 2005 by former student Dr Andrew Lynn along with Professors Bill Bonfield, Serena Best, Ruth Cameron and Neil Rushton. Link

November 2009

Rolls-Royce and the EPSRC announce a new £50 million partnership. The Strategic Partnership in Structural Metallic Systems for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications is the first collaboration of its kind between Rolls-Royce, EPSRC, Birmingham, Cambridge and Swansea universities and will involve at least two of our department academics, Dr Howard Stone and Dr Cathie Rae. Link

October 2009

Congratulations to Serena Best and Ruth Cameron on their respective promotions to Professorships.

September 2009

200+ alumni and current members of the department attended a seminar entitled "Cambridge Materials Science around the World in the 21st Century" marking the 800th year of the University.

June 2009

In aid of the Cottrell Appeal and in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the University, our US Alumni met at the Brook Club, New York. This event was attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Patron of the Cottrell Appeal and Sir Graeme Davies, Chair of the Cottrell Appeal. Link

The eleventh Kelly lecture was given by Professor C N R Rao FRS at the Armourers and Brasiers Cambridge Forum. Over 250 industrialists and academics attended the 2009 forum.

May 2009

SKF sets up a new research laboratory in Cambridge. The SKF UTC will forcus on the physical metallurgy of bearing steels and will be lead by Professor Harry Bhadeshia. Link

January 2009

EPSRC highlight Professor Colin Humphreys world leading research into Gallium Nitride lighting in the first edition of their Pioneer magazine. Link

Cambridge's Materials Science Department in partnership with the Smallpeice Trust run a four-day residential course that aims to give year-10 pupils from around the country a taste for materials science and for university life. Link

December 2008

Cambridge comes top in the 2008 RAE for Materials Science and Metallurgy. Link

November 2008

Tata Steel has announced the donation to endow a Professorship of Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. Based in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, the first Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy will be Dr Harry Bhadeshia, a world renowned expert on the physical metallurgy of steels. Link