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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.

  • 23Jun

    Both student and staff teams are already taking shape, but anyone who is keen to play, but not yet signed up, should contact a member of the Social Committee (staff) or Chris May-Miller <> (students), as soon as possible. Spectators will, of course, be very welcome.  Tea will be provided at about 4pm.  There will be no charge, or need to buy tickets. 

  • 20Jun

    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 19th Kelly Lecture.

    Registration for this year's forum is free and will be via eventbrite:

  • 16Jun

    There will be sandwiches, cakes, scones & cream, strawberries, nibbles, Pimms, beer, soft drinks etc.  All are welcome, including guests and children.  Tickets (price £5) are now on sale at the Servery in the Tea Room.  Numbers will be limited to 100, and a sizeable fraction of this number will be set aside for students (particularly Part III), so early purchase is advisable.  The final deadline is Tuesday 13th June. 

  • 16Jun

    Prof Mark Blamire invites you to the next Departmental Meeting. Please come along and hear about the highlights of the past few months and other Department news. This is a meeting aimed primarily at Assistant and Support Staff. We look forward to seeing you there. Refreshments will be served.


  • 07Jun

    Mike Smith

  • 26May

    Dr Huanyu Cheng, assistant professor at Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University

    Recent advances in electronics enable powerful biomedical devices that have greatly reduced therapeutic risks by monitoring vital signals and providing means of treatment. Implantable devices can help us better understand the behavior and effects of various diseases. However, an additional procedure is required to remove the device after an initial implantation. Conventional electronics today form on the planar surfaces of brittle wafer substrates and are not compatible with the complex topology of body tissues. Therefore, stretchable and absorbable electronics are the two missing links in the design process of implantable monitors and in-vivo therapeutics. This talk presents the challenges, mechanics, and design strategies, behind a potential medical device that (a) integrates with human physiology, and (b) dissolves completely after its effective operation. Implanted devices will provide a much better understanding of organ functions and offer more time efficient treatments for serious diseases such as heart failure. 

  • 24May

    David Pesquera

  • 17May

    Talk by Prof. T. Venkatesan, currently the Director of the Nano Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUSNNI) where he is a Professor of ECE, Physics, MSE and NGS. 

    "The field of Oxide Electronics got its boost in the 1987-time frame with the invention of the Pulsed Laser Deposition process which enabled the rapid prototyping of virtually most multi component oxide films. Since then the research in this field has accelerated, several novel phenomena have been uncovered in oxides and their heterostructures and currently we are poised on the threshold for this field to take off commercially- though we have no clue as to where the breakthrough will come from. I will address this issue in terms of the evolving landscape of opportunities in the field of electronics, memory, photonics and Plasmonics.

    I will also give examples of recent work in ferroelectric tunnel junctions where barriers consisting of just two unit cells of ferroelectrics seem to be adequate to provide decent ON/OFF ratios, a novel water splitting Niobate system with an unusually large carrier density despite its large 4.1 eV bandgap and the unusual interaction of electric fields with magnetism at oxide interfaces. If time permits I will also talk about a new organic memory system spin coated on ITO surfaces which shows extraordinary memory characteristics."

  • 15May

    Prof. Nick Kotov from the University of Michigan will be visiting the AIM lab on the 15th of May, 2017. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, a MRS Fellow, and the MRS Medal winner, plus holds numerous other awards.  

    He will give a talk as part of his visit and all are welcome.   One of the rapidly expanding fields of inorganic materials is chiral inorganic nanostructures (CNI).  His talk will cover both experiment and theory of CNI starting with the origin and multiple components of mirror asymmetry of individual NPs and their assemblies.  Differences and similarities with chiral structures known from other fields of chemistry will be discussed as well.  

  • 10May

    Sen Zhang