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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.


  • 19Jun

    The first Materials Science Writing Group!  All Department members welcome! 

    The format of the group works for any type of document: a paper, a thesis, a grant proposal, a cover letter, etc. Simply put, anything that you need to write. 

    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!

  • 15Jun

    The annual MSM Garden Party (now combined with a barbecue) will be held on 15th June from 4pm! Tickets are now available for £10 at the Servery. We hope to see you there! 

  • 15Jun

    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 the Department's Assistant and Support Staff. We look forward to seeing you there. Refreshments will be served.

  • 12Jun

    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 20th Kelly Lecture.  This year Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, will give the Kelly Lecture.  His talk is entitled "Materially better batteries".

  • 06Jun

    Sungkyun Kim

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

    All Department members welcome.

  • 24May

    Dr Matt Kitching from the University of Durham

    Molecular rearrangement strategies allow the rapid construction of complex molecular architectures in an atom efficient manner. In this talk, our recent work will show how through in-situ directing group generation, the dual nature of lithium bases can be exploited to promote a new one-pot rearrangement. In the second part, the use of molecular rearrangement in supramolecular chemistry to construct beta peptides in a sequence specific manner using a molecular machine will be discussed.

    All Department members welcome.

  • 23May

    Tuhin Maity

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

    All Department members welcome.

  • 22May

    A talk/discussion with John Nevard from CDT Ltd. 

    The agenda for the discussion is as follows:

    What is Intellectual Property ?
    Why do you want a Patent ?
    What can you do with a Patent ?
    The Importance of Patents
    First Principles
    What can be Patented ?
    The Patenting Process
    Where to Patent ?
    The Investment

    The discussion is intended to focus on the practical and commercial aspects of intellectual property rather on the nitty gritty of patenting, although that is covered at a high level. The tenet of the discussion is that Intellectual property are assets and like any other assets they should be adding value to their owner, the discussion covers how patents, in particular, can be leveraged

    All Department members are welcome.

  • 18May

    Dr Hamish H-M Yeung, Glasstone Research Fellow, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford

    Over the past two decades, porous and dense metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have evolved into one of the fastest growing research areas in chemistry and materials science. However, a greater understanding and control of MOF formation would be useful in several regards. For instance, we might wish to synthesize new (meta)stable structures that are predicted by computational methods, or tune the composition, shapes, sizes and surfaces of MOF particles to improve uptake kinetics or generate useful mechanical properties. This presentation will highlight some recent advances in our understanding of MOF crystallization, using in-situ techniques to obtain real time kinetic information.

    All Department members welcome.

  • 15May

    Please join us for the second event profiling the careers and career progression of women at Cambridge.

    Each term a panel of female staff from across the University will describe their career pathways and the opportunities and challenges they have faced along the way.

    We are delighted to announce our speakers at this event are:

    • ​Saba Alai, Departmental Safety Officer, Cavendish Laboratory
    • ​Sam Stokes​, Departmental Administrator (maternity cover), Cavendish Laboratory
    • ​Holly Tillbrook, Secretary of the School of Physical Sciences​ (secondment)

    Please join us for coffee and cake!

    To book your place, please visit: https://15maycareerconversations.eventbrite.co.uk