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Seminars, socials and events of interest to Department members are listed below, with the next seven days listings also being shown on the Reception area screen. Please visit the Intranet to complete the online form to register your event (please note entries are moderated/approved prior to appearing).

  • 22Feb

    Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

    Matthew Smith, University of Glasgow

    GaN high electron mobility transistors and associated monolithic microwave integrated circuits are a key enabling technology for high-efficiency military and civilian microwave systems. 5G communication, for example, will require a tremendous amount of power to be transferred at microwave frequencies, beyond the capability of current microwave devices. The GaN-DaME project, a collaborative effort including research teams from the Universities of Glasgow, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff, will develop proven GaN HEMT technologies with integrated diamond heat-spreading layers. This will dramatically improve on-chip RF power per unit area through extraction of self-generated heat, facilitating a disruptive change in system performance and enabling new architectures. Here I will provide an overview of the GaN-DaME process flow and describe logistics required to link the individual process modules, including wafer bonding, substrate removal and coupon production via dicing and etching.

  • 22Feb

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 1

    The Cambridge heat of the 2018 IOM3 Young Persons Lecture Competition (YPLC) will take place on the evening of Thursday 22nd February. This is an event which aims to judge the presentation skills of young Materials Scientists and their ability to communicate with a generalist audience a Materials-related topic of their choice. The Cambridge area has had success in previous years with a number of our presenters being selected to compete in regional heats and in the National Final (which this year will be held in April at the Armourers' Hall in London). 

    For the Local Heat, we will hold competitions in both the undergraduate (starting 5pm) and postgraduate (starting approx. 6:45pm) categories. Cash prizes are normally awarded to ALL competitors. Copies of rules and entry form can be found at 

    The closing date for entries is Thursday 15th February. All you need to prepare is a short abstract and an even shorter entry form(!) Entries should be sent to Prof Serena Best by e-mail ( Feel free to contact Serena directly if you have any questions, even if you are just considering entering the competition and want more information. 

    We hope very much that we will continue the tradition of the past few years and have plenty of support from both undergraduates and postgrads/ postdocs for a really good evening and high standard competition.  

  • 28Feb

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 2

    Guillaume Nataf

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

  • 24Mar

    Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS

    Come and join members of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy for some exciting and interesting science events.  Our nine events are held at various times during the day so see what takes your fancy by visiting:  

  • 28Mar

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 2

    Chao Yun

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

  • 12Jun

    Pippard Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE

    The afternoon programme of talks begins at 1.45 (registration from 1.15 pm) at the Pippard Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE. The Forum includes the award of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize and the 20th Kelly Lecture.