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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.

  • 21Jun

    The 2022 ABC Forum will be held on Tuesday 21st June 2022. The afternoon programme includes talks, the award of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize, displays of current research, and the 23rd Kelly Lecture will be given by Professor Emily Shuckburgh OBE, Director of Cambridge Zero, Department of Computer Science & Technology, Cambridge.

    Register in advance (there is no charge to attend):

    Visit the Forum webpages for more information as it becomes available.

  • 16Jun

    Prof. Eduard Vives, Dept. Física de la Matèria Condensada, Universitat de Barcelona, Catalonia

    Solids with structural first-order phase transitions are being considered as candidates for elastocaloric refrigeration due to its large latent heat and the fact that applying mechanical stress is relatively easy compared to the alternatives based on electric or magnetic fields.

    For the case of metallic alloys exhibiting martensitic transitions, it is known that the dynamics proceeds by avalanches: its discontinuous in time and highly inhomogeneous. This can have deep implications in the design of future devices, especially if one is interested in small size and high frequency actuators.

    In this seminar I will review some recent experimental results on the dynamics of martensitic transitions in Cu-based alloys, obtained by Acoustic Emission detection, optical imaging of strain maps and infrared imaging. These techniques allow to track the position of the moving interface fronts and the corresponding heat sinks and sources.

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  • 07Jun

    Prof. Raynald Gauvin, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University

    This seminar will present the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) SU-9000 from Hitachi which characterizes thin and massive samples with electrons beam energies ranging from 0.1 to 30 keV. This microscope is equipped with an electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) detector which allows the detection of Lithium. High spatial resolution images are possible with a resolution of 0.16 nm. Many examples will be presented on Li materials and on nano-materials. This microscope is equipped with a EDS detector of lithium (Extreme, Oxford Instrument) and the microanalysis of lithium compounds, which is very difficult and challenging, will also be covered. The preparation of thin films by focus ion beam (FIB) for high spatial resolution images in STEM will be also shown with the newly acquired Hitachi NX-5000 FIB.

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  • 23May

    James Kirkpatrick is Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), London and has both honorary and visiting Professorships in China, Singapore and Sweden. His principal research interests are in the fields of biomaterials in regenerative medicine, with special focus on human co-culture systems. During the past years his work has focussed on bone vascularization as well as co-culture models for repiratory tract regeneration.

    James is currently an Armourers & Brasiers' Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials.

    All University-members welcome.


  • 19May

    Prof. B. Layla Mehdi, Department of Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering, University of Liverpool

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  • 03Mar

    Prof. Robert Macfarlane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Nanoparticle assembly is an ideal means to synthesize materials with controlled structures on the 10-100nm length scale, but such methods typically produce 3D structures that are just a few microns in diameter, or nominally 2D films of nanometer to micron thicknesses. In this talk we will demonstrate a method of synthesizing gram-scale quantities of nanoparticle superlattices that can be processed into free-standing cm-scale 3D objects of arbitrary shape. This method allows for complete structure control across 10^7 length scales, including atomic and molecular composition, nanoscale ordering, microstructure, and macroscopic form.

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  • 17Feb

    Dr Xavier Moya, University of Cambridge.

    A quarter of the UK’s CO2 emissions can be attributed to space heating and cooling. This is primarily due to heating with natural gas and cooling with compression of greenhouse gases, and in a secondary fashion due to insufficient thermal storage and poor thermal insulation. Therefore there is great interest in developing solid-state heat pumps that can replace our environmentally damaging technologies for heating and cooling, and solid-state thermal batteries that can enhance the storage of thermal energy. Thermal materials are at the core of these technologies, and during this talk I will describe my work on mechanically responsive thermal materials for heating, cooling and thermal storage applications.

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  • 07Feb

    Prof. Andrew Bell, University of Leeds.

    Although piezoelectricity was discovered over a hundred years ago, perhaps surprisingly, there continues to be progress in both our understanding of the phenomenon and in the development of new materials. In this presentation we firstly discuss some recent insights into the fundamental mechanisms of piezoelectricity and see how these apply to a relatively new family of materials based on BiFeO3. Extensive compositional modification of this material led to the founding a new spin-out company, and provides some interesting anecdotes about the process of exploiting academic research. Finally we examine the impact that legislation has had on the direction of piezoelectric research in the last 20 years and ask whether a deeper understanding of the legal and social issues by researchers would have led to different outcomes?

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  • 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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