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Past events hosted within or of interest to the Department are listed here (upto 1 year ago). Visit our main Events page to see upcoming events.

  • 18Nov

    Prof. Tanvir Hussain, University of Nottingham

    Suspension thermal spray is an emerging ceramic coating process to develop bespoke microstructure and compositions from a range of nanoparticles—even precursor solutions. We will explore a range of ceramic coatings for aerospace and energy applications. Cold spray is a promising technology that allows rapid building up of layers without any melting for metallic coatings. The talk will capture the latest innovation in powder modification and its impact on microstructure.

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  • 11Nov

    Dr Stefan Michalik, Diamond Light Source

    In the talk I will present the high energy X-ray 12-JEEP beamline situated at Diamond Light Source, the UK national synchrotron facility, as a versatile instrument for material science combining X-ray scattering and imaging techniques. X-ray diffraction presents a unique non-destructive technique for strain /stress mapping inside materials or enables to follow in-situ and in-operando phase transformations during materials processing. X-ray total scattering analysis represent a tool to reveal a short-range order in highly disordered systems and amorphous materials. X-ray imaging can visualise a crack formation under external stresses or help to track particles formation during solidification. I will give some examples based on the recent research carried out by users and as in-house on I12 -JEEP to demonstrate the powerfulness of X-ray scattering and imaging techniques and the I12 -JEEP beamline.

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  • 04Nov

    Dr Jen Hollingsworth, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Despite their humble origin, colloidal quantum dots (QDs) and other nanocrystalline semiconductors prepared in simple laboratory flasks are finding real-world applications in demanding technologies from displays and lighting to photovoltaics and photodetectors, and in the future they may be the basis for single-photon devices in quantum networks. Beyond quantum size control, we pursue an expanded “structural toolbox” to synthetically engineer this class of nanomaterial to realize specific novel and optimal photophysical properties. Here, I will describe our efforts to understand the synthesis-nanostructure-properties correlations that lay the groundwork for a materials-by-design approach to the next generation of useful semiconductor nanocrystals, as well as the opportunity to further enhance and transform nanomaterial properties by integration with other synthesized or fabricated materials.

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  • 01Nov

    The Postgraduate Virtual Open Days will be taking place this year 1-14 November. During the Open Days you will be able to access webinars, videos and resources from departments and Colleges. These sessions and resources will help you to learn more about the courses on offer, hear from students about life as a postgraduate student at Cambridge, discover funding opportunities and explore the Colleges and other University facilities using the 360 photography and videos on the Virtual Tour. We look forward to welcoming you!

    Further details on the Postgraduate Open Days and to register for the event see:

  • 21Oct
    Prof. Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester
    Our group has developed biocompatible, highly concentrated, defect-free, printable and water-based 2D crystal formulations, designed to provide optimal film formation for devices fabrication on paper. The material surface charge and chemistry can also be easily tailored for biomedical applications.

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  • 14Oct

    Prof. Chris Bowen, University of Bath

    The presentation will overview ferroelectric materials for sensing and harvesting via piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects. The role of forming porous and composite architectures will be examined to improve their interaction with mechanical and thermal loads at for improved sensors and low power harvesting.

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  • 24Jun

    Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, University of Cambridge, UK

    Universities worldwide are dedicated to raising the aspirations of young people and inspiring them to go on and study science at university. As an astrophysicist, inspiration was never in short supply, but one has to take care that if students aspire, they have the facility and are empowered to follow their new dream rather than be disappointed. In short, we need to reach out and engage but then we need to follow through with the academic support to develop the hard skills that they will need to reach their goals. I will discuss some examples of bringing outreach and empowerment together in widening participation and research.

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  • 23Jun

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

    There is no charge to attend the Forum, but you will need to register in advance using Eventbrite:

    More info about the programme of speakers can be found here:

  • 10Jun

    Prof. Jean-François Masson, Université de Montréal, Canada

    In this presentation, we will discuss the use of fibre-based nanosensors decorated with metallic nanoparticles as a vector of enhancement for sensing molecules in single cells and in tissues, with the aim of being implantable in the future, to gain valuable chemical information related to human health. The topics discussed will include how to create assemblies of nanoparticles on the highly curved surface of nanofibers, instrument design, data processing using machine learning and demonstrate the applications of these nanosensors in single cell studies for the detection of metabolites and for monitoring neurotransmitters in brain tissues.

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  • 27May

    CANCELLED - We aim to reschedule at a later date

    Dr Hugo Bronstein, University of Cambridge, UK

    The most important properties in conjugated polymers are heavily dictated by their solid state interactions. In the solid state, conjugated polymers almost always undergo significant photoluminescence quenching which makes their use in OLED , OLET and OPV applications problematic. Here we will show how we can control the solid state packing of conjugated polymers through synthesis and how this can lead to new and improved optical properties in these materials.

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