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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.

  • 16Jan

    Dr. Bodh Raj Mehta is a Schlumberger Chair Professor of Semiconductor Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His research is primarily in nanostructured energy materials. He is also the Dean of Research and Development at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. 

    Junctions between two dissimilar materials have been a topic of significant research interest due to novel interface physics and its direct importance on device performance due to the influence of defect states, structural and electronic discontinuities. Due to atomically thin semiconductor layer in 2D-3D semiconductors, investigating and understanding the nature of interface and its influence on the device characteristics becomes even more complex and intriguing. In this presentation, the influence of 2D-3D interfaces on the device characteristics of G-Si solar cell, MoS2-ZnS intermediate band gap semiconductor and MoS2-Bi2Te3 thermoelectric devices will be discussed.  In the first example, graphene layers prepared by CVD method have been used as a top layer in p-n silicon junctions and an increase in efficiency from 5.3% to 8.9% is observed. Surface potential changes at the graphene -Si junctions in surface and junction modes have been examined using Kelvin probe force microscopy investigations. Voc nanoscale maps derived from these measurements show that topographical impurities and wrinkled boundaries on the graphene surface affect affecting junction performance. In another study, patterned MoS2 2D layers having feature size varying from 10 um to 1 um have been grown by a combination of stencil lithography and magnetron sputtering technique. Composite layers having wide band gap ZnS films and 2D MoS2 layers show increased interface voltage due to 2D character. In the third example, the influence of n-n and n-p interfaces in MoS2-Bi2Te3 and MoS2-Sb2Te3 devices on the electron and phonon scattering resulting in improved thermoelectric properties will be discussed. It is shown that due to limited thickness of the 2D layer, there is a large accumulation of charge at the surface which modifies the current transport across the junction. These results are very important for understanding the basics physics issue related to 2D materials based junctions.

    All are welcome.

  • 05Dec

    Wilhelm Huettenes.  All welcome.

  • 23Nov

    Prof Dongchan Jang, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, South Korea

  • 21Nov

    Mike Smith.  All welcome.

  • 07Nov

    Matias Acosta.  All welcome.

  • 02Nov

    The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy will be participating in the University's Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 2 November.  During the afternoon session at the Department there will be opportunities to discuss PhD projects, the MASt in Materials Science, and MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise.  Guided tours of the labs, and course directors will be available to meet students.  Chartered coach departing from Cambridge city centre at 2:30 pm, and regular bus service from the centre of town to the West Cambridge Site.

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

  • 02Nov

    The CamEM Symposium 2018 will be held at the Postdoc Centre at Eddington.  All working in electron microscopy and related fields within the departments and insitutes of the University of Cambridge are warmly invited! 

    Speakers will include: 

     Dr Iva Ganeva
     Dr Javier Garcia-Nafria
     Dr John Briggs
     Prof. Ben Luisi
     Dr Dima Chirgadze
     Dr Chun-wa Chung
     Dr Karin Muller
     Dr Emilie Ringe
     Prof. Paul Midgley
     Dr Cate Ducati
     Dr Fabien Massabuau

    and Prof. Pete Nellist will present the closing keynote.

    To register, please visit:  The deadline to register is 15 October.  Attendance will be limited to 120 with a waiting list if oversubscribed.

    For additional information and for information on staying in touch, please see:

  • 30Oct

    Prof. Joe Trodahl, Emeritus Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 

    All welcome.

  • 17Oct

    Miso Kim. All welcome.

  • 11Oct

    Prof. Pablo Levy from the Argentinian National University of San Martin-National Atomic Commission.

    In this talk I will show that sets of electrical pulses applied through metal electrodes to manganite based memristors (memory + resistor devices), emulate the biological synapse between neurons. This fact prompts for the bio - inspired use of these devices in simple circuits to produce learning processes. Some of our past work on manganitesand TiO based memristors will be discussed, including the delivery of samples to Low Earth Orbits to test them as non - volatile memory devices. 

    All Department members welcome.