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Forum 2021

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The 2021 Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum was held remotely on Wednesday 23rd June 2021. The afternoon programme included talks, the award of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize, displays of current research, and the 22nd Kelly Lecture which was on 'Sustainable Metals' and given by Professor Dierk Raabe (MPIE, Düsseldorf).

Photo of Dierk Raabe

Professor Dierk Raabe
Director, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany

Dierk Raabe studied music, metallurgy and metal physics.  After his doctorate (1992) and habilitation (1997) at RWTH Aachen, he worked 1997–99 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA and at the National High Magnetic Field Lab in Tallahassee FL.  He joined the Max Planck Society as a director in 1999.  His interests lie in the design of metallic alloys; computational materials science and materials theory; sustainable metallurgy; structure-property relations of materials; and atom-probe tomography.  He has received the highest German science award (Leibniz Prize) and an ERC advanced grant.  He is a member of the German National Academy Leopoldina, Senator of the Helmholtz Society, Professor at RWTH Aachen, and Honorary Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven.

Sustainable Metals

Metallic alloys have enabled progress over millennia.  Today we produce 2 billion tons of metals every year, with this rate predicted to possibly triple by 2050.  Metals require a lot of energy for their extraction and manufacture, and these processes emit large amounts of greenhouse gases and pollution.  The success of metals thus brings them into a position where they have an important role in addressing the rapidly worsening environmental crisis.  The presentation discusses clear pathways for improving the direct sustainability of structural metals, in areas including reduced-carbon-dioxide primary production, recycling, scrap-compatible alloy design, contaminant-tolerance of alloys and improved alloy longevity.  The lecture also discusses the effectiveness and technological readiness of individual measures, and also shows how novel structural materials enable improved energy efficiency.


Photos from the Forum

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 nine other sponsors.