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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.

  • 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

  • 10May

    Come along and put your general knowledge to the test!  Enter your team to win cash prizes!

    Tony Fox has kindly agreed to act as Quizmaster this time.  Teams should register at the Servery/Tea Room, where the name of the team will be recorded and payment will be taken (for all members of the team). As usual, the teams should be 4-6 in size, with a payment of £2 per team member (£1 for snacks/nibbles, £1 towards the prizes).  There will be a limit of about 10-12 teams, so it would be advisable to register soon  -  i.e. this week. Undergraduates are particularly encouraged to take part.

  • 02May

    Prof. Marco Fornari, from Central Michigan University

    First principles methodologies have grown in accuracy and applicability to the point where large databases can be built, shared, and analyzed with the goal of predicting novel compositions, optimizing functional properties, and discovering unexpected relationships between the data. In this this talk I will present methodological advances, software innovations, and materials discoveries from recent work within the AFLOW consortium (

    The talk is organized around the concept of properties descriptors to link computable quantities with functionalities of interest with the goal to provide a structure to scientists' intuition.

    Speaker bio: Marco Fornari is a professor in the Department of Physics at Central Michigan University. He studied in Pavia and Trieste (Italy) earning a doctoral degree in 1998. He worked as a research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory until 2001, served as Program Officer at the NSF in the Division of Materials Research in 2009, and he is an active member of the AFLOW consortium ( since 2013. His interests include thermoelectric, piezoelectric, and photovoltaic materials, which he studies using high-throughput electronic structure methods.

  • 30Apr

    Department members are participating a local cycle ride to raise funds for charity. 

    Starting and finishing on the outskirts of Cambridge, the 50 mile route ride will take them through some of Cambridgeshire's most beautiful countryside. There will be plenty of refreshment stops along the way making this an enjoyable day's cycling to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. 

    You can still register to enter this event. See the website and/or speak to Harry Bhadeshia for details.

  • 28Apr

    Byong-Guk Park 
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering (KAIST)

  • 24Apr

    Speaker: Tom Willhammar, who is visiting the EM Group for a few months from Stockholm University

  • 29Mar

    Join Dr Kar-Narayan and her group at this year's "Royal Society Science Museum Lates" event where they will be showcasing their work on energy harvesting to the general public. Generate electricity from walking, exercising or even just fidgeting. Find out how harvesting energy from wasted movement, friction or body heat means your clothes could be the power plants of the future.

  • 28Mar

    Determining the local orientation of crystals in engineering and geological materials has become routine with the advent of modern crystallographic mapping techniques such as: electron backscatter diffraction, X-ray tomography, transmission Kikuchi diffraction and scanning precession electron diffraction. These techniques enable many thousands of orientation measurements to be made, directing attention towards how such data are best analysed and visualised.

    Three-dimensional orientation spaces offer a natural means to visualise and analyse orientation mapping data. However, there has been relatively little uptake of this notion in the experimental community. This workshop provides a hands-on practical introduction to the visualisation of orientation and misorientation data in three-dimensional orientation spaces aimed at experimentalists.

    This workshop is aimed at those who have acquired, or will acquire, crystallographic orientation mapping data and want to explore new ways to analyse this data.

    Requirements: Laptop with Matlab installed and MTEX downloaded.


    All welcome.  Hosted by Duncan Johnstone and Robert Krakow.