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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.

  • 19Sep

    Workshop:  Organised by Zeiss.

    • Presentations in the morning will focus on the applications and potential of Zeiss equipment that is available or being installed at Cambridge (FIB and SEM at MSM, the Orion Nanofab being installed at nanoscience and the Versa X-Ray Microscope at the Maxwell centre.
    • During the afternoon it is possible to sign-up for practical demonstrations on the Zeiss Crossbeam FIB and GeminiSEM300 in the Wolfson Electron Microscope Suite.  

    Lunch and refreshments will be available for registrants.  All welcome.

    A draft programme is attached and registration details are here;

  • 01Aug

    Prof Xudong Wang from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Morphology is one essential element that gives rise to extraordinary physical, chemical, and mechanical properties in nanomaterials. Precise morphology control of nanomaterials is a notorious task, which heavily relies on fundamental understanding of the governing mechanisms and kinetics at the nanoscale. In this talk, Prof Wang will present recent discoveries of the growth kinetics in 1D and 2D nanomaterial evolution.

    All Department members welcome.

  • 20Jul

    Prof. R.F. Egerton, University of Alberta, Canada

    Spectroscopy and energy-filtered TEM imaging using low energy losses (< 50 eV) is a useful technique (e.g. for band-gap mapping) but offers relatively poor spatial resolution, due to delocalization of the inelastic scattering. We will consider how this delocalization can be calculated, measured and perhaps modelled with sufficient accuracy to allow a useful improvement in the spatial resolution.

    All Department members welcome.

  • 12Jul

    Speaker: Professor Inoue, is a world-leading material scientist and a pioneer in the development of Bulk Metallic Glasses and Advanced Non-Equilibrium Materials. Former President of Tohoku University, Japan he currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor and as the Director of the International Institute for Green Materials, Josai University Educational Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Inoue has received significant recognition for his contribution to Materials Science and Engineering. He is a member of Japan Academy, a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Member of the Indian Materials Research Society. He received numerous awards including the Japan Academy Prize, the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials awarded by the American Physical Society, the Japan Prime Minister’s Prize, the Kelly Lecture of University of Cambridge, the Morris Traverse Lecture of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the Acta Materiallia Gold Medal.

    Abstract: It is known that Fe-based glassy alloys and Zr-Al-Ni-Cu base bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have gained significant application fields as functional and structural material parts in personal computer and smartphone etc. and attracted further increasing interest as novel engineering materials. By synthesizing a new type of glass-based structure alloys and improving fundamental properties and engineering characteristics of glassy alloys including BMGs, their engineering importance is expected to increase further in the near future. More recently, we have carried out the syntheses of high-order multicomponent Fe-, Zr- and Al-based glassy alloys with useful properties and reported the following results: In Fe-based alloys, (1) the successes in forming Fe-P-C-based BMGs with unprecedented plasticity as well as good soft magnetic and magnetocaloric properties, (2) new Fe-based soft magnetic glassy alloys with very high saturation magnetization above 1.9 T, low coercivity below 3 A/m, high effective permeability above 2 × 104 at 1 kHz and high Curie temperature, (3) development of Fe-TM-P-B-Si (TM=transition metal) base soft magnetic glassy alloys with magnetic characteristics exceeding those for commercial magnetic glassy alloys “Liqualloy” and “SENNTIX”, (4) pseudo-high entropy (PHE) Fe-based glassy alloys containing sub-nanoscale clusters with high strength and good ductility, (5) finding of ductilization phenomenon of nanostructure bcc-Fe + amorphous soft magnetic alloy ribbons by micro crack-induced softening mechanism, and (6) improvement effect of glass-forming ability of Fe-based BMGs in air and the oxygen-containing atmosphere. In Zr-based alloys, (1) synthesis of PHE clustered BMGs caused by easy nucleation and sluggish growth rate and their high thermal stability, (2) synthesis of new PHE BMGs and the clarification of the role of PHE component in the glass-forming ability, (3) formation of granular glassy structure due to immiscible element by casting process and its unique mechanical and crystallization behavior, (4) reversible changes in glass transition behavior, supercooled liquid region, atomic configurations and fundamental properties by controlling the ejection temperature of alloy liquid, and (5) development of a new type of biomedical BMGs. In Al-based alloys, (1) extension of Al + glassy phase field by choosing suitable multicomponent alloy systems, (2) novel reverse transformation phenomenon from metastable multicomponent compound to Al + amorphous phase upon heating, (3) proportional relation between the solute content in amorphous phase and hardness in a wide hardness range and synthesis of Al + amorphous phase alloys with ultrahigh hardness. This presentation aims to introduce a part of our recent results on new glass-based structure alloys with novel phenomenon and useful properties for Fe-, Zr- and Al-based high-order multicomponent alloys prepared by melt spinning and copper mold casting processes.


    All Department members welcome.

  • 05Jul

    Prof Asa Barber, Dean of Engineering at London South Bank University. 

    Limpet use their teeth to rasp over rock surfaces to loosen and remove algae for feeding. Limpet teeth are therefore required to function under extreme loading conditions. A series of small-scale experimental tests are shown here to confirm that the teeth conform to a strong composite, exploiting features such as defect tolerance and efficient adhesion between a hard nanofibrous phase and softer matrix to resist failure. Indeed, limpet teeth were reported [1] as the strongest biological structure known. Exploiting design principles found in limpet teeth has resulted in a series of synthetic and hybrid synthetic-biological routes, proposed here, that progress towards bioengineered limpet teeth. 

    All Department members welcome.

  • 25Jun

    Please come along to Goldsmiths' Lecture Room One on Monday 25th June to hear the research talks being given by our first year PhD students (and some of the second years who were unable to present talks last year). 

    Each presentation will last for 8 minutes, plus two minutes for questions. The talks will be chaired by members of the academic or senior postdoctoral research staff and will run for the full day, starting at about 9:30am.  Posters prepared by our second year PhD students will be on display in the Common Room during lunchtime. 

    All Department members welcome.

  • 22Jun

    The Staff-Student Cricket match will be hosted at Churchill College (plus other sports activities, including a football tournament).

    Please contact the people on the list circulated internally by email if interested in participating in the sports events.
  • 22Jun

    An invited talk by Dr. Rodger M. Walser, Professor:  University of Texas at Austin (Retired), President and CEO: MetaMaterials Inc., Austin, Texas, USA.



  • 21Jun

    Prof Graeme Ackland from the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh.  All Department members welcome.

  • 21Jun

    All Department members welcome! The session will last for roughly 1 hour and will take the following structure: 

    - 2 minutes of discussion, in pairs, about what you are working on and what you hope to achieve in this session 
    - 8 minutes of a writing exercise. This can be completely unrelated to your current project; it serves only as a ‘warm-up’. Some example exercises will be provided 
    - 50 minutes of uninterrupted writing for your document 

    You can write on your laptop or by hand, which ever works best for you.  See you there!