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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.

  • 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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  • 13May

    Dr William Peveler, University of Glasgow, UK

    Functional nanoscale interfaces enable the desirable optoelectronic properties of nanostructured materials to be coupled to the chemical and biological worlds. This in turn enables the creation of active materials for use in sensors. In our work we exploit the highly variable and uniquely tuneable nature of the nanoscale interface to create derivitized materials that are assembled into sensing arrays. The differential interactions of a sample with our sensor arrays leads to a ‘fingerprinting’ strategy for sensing and detection, and I will describe examples of luminescent and plasmonic nanomaterials that we are applying in this way to challenges in environmental remediation and beverage analysis.

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  • 15Apr

    Join Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia, Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy, Professor Zoe Barber, and Joe Smith as they explore the scholarship, effort, and stories behind the books published by members of the Department over the last 100 years.

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    Zoom details will be provided upon ticket registration.

  • 26Mar

    The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy will be participating in the brand new Cambridge Festival ( The Cambridge Festival will be held from Friday 26 March to Sunday 04 April 2021, replacing both the Cambridge Science Festival and Festival of Ideas.  

    In 2021, all our events will be pre-recorded for registered participants to watch at their convenience during the Cambridge Festival.  In addition, registered participants will be able to access a LIVE Q&A session for each event. [The videos will be made more widely available for a period after the Festival for those not able to register.]

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  • 25Mar

    Prof. Frank Koppens, ICFO – The Institute of Photonics Sciences (Barcelona)

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials have emerged as a novel toolbox to build new materials and devices atom-by-atom. By stacking and twisting 2D materials, new ways to control light and electrons at the atomic scale. In particular, we will show nano-optoelectronic devices for applications as well as the novel nanophotonic properties. The limits of quantum light-matter interactions have been challenged by approaching optical field confinement down to the length-scale of single atoms.

    We will also present nano-optoelectronic studies on twisted bilayer graphene using scanning near-field optical microscopy. Twisted bilayer graphene near the magic angle (MABG) exhibit strongly correlated phases have been observed, including superconductivity and the Mott-like insulating state. Several device applications, such as detectors for infrared and THz light will also be discussed.

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  • 04Mar

    Prof. Ray Egerton, University of Alberta.

    NanoMi is a project directed by NRC -Nano, a National Research Council of Canada laboratory in Edmonton. The goal is to develop and document a modular open-source electron microscope that researchers can build and possibly incorporate into other vacuum equipment. Using a thermionic electron source, we aim for a resolution of a few nm in SEM, STEM and TEM modes; UHV and field emission may be a future possibility. The talk will describe current progress, along with some electron optics and electron-microscope history.

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  • 18Feb

    Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef, Tel Aviv University

    Timna Valley, one of the best preserved ancient copper ore districts in the world, contains dozens of mining and smelting sites that represent more than six millennia of copper exploitation. In recent years and as part of Tel Aviv University’s Central Timna Valley Project, we have conducted surveys, excavations and analytical studies in order to better understand technological developments and associated social processes in the region. In this presentation we will focus on the early Iron Age (~1200-800 BCE ) – a period of intense copper production at the time when the local biblical kingdoms of Edom and ancient Israel emerged – with emphasis on smelting practices and other technological achievements. More on the project:

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