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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.

  • 06Mar

    Prof Kazuto Akagi from the Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan.

    Finding relationship between structure and property is one of the essential subjects in materials science. However, it is still difficult to notice what is the structural motifs or hierarchical information characterizing complex systems. Computational homology based on “persistent homology” is a powerful framework to detect and describe the “shape” in discrete data such as atomic configurations or pixel images. The obtained geometrical information is contracted as a two-dimensional map called “persistence diagram (PD)”, in which birth and death of N-dimensional holes are recorded. 

    From the view point of materials science, the advantage of this mathematical method is summarized as follows: (1) Detecting hidden order in the system. (2) Providing “finger prints (or descriptors)” of complex systems. (3) Enabling us to treat “inverse problems”.

     In this talk, Prof Akagi will introduce the key points of computational homology for materials scientists. After that, we will see how it works in the analysis of molecular dynamics simulations and experimentally observed images, respectively.

  • 05Mar

    Prof Gianluigi Botton, the Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials, at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

  • 28Feb

    Guillaume Nataf

    25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions

  • 22Feb

    The Cambridge heat of the 2018 IOM3 Young Persons Lecture Competition (YPLC) will take place on the evening of Thursday 22nd February. This is an event which aims to judge the presentation skills of young Materials Scientists and their ability to communicate with a generalist audience a Materials-related topic of their choice. The Cambridge area has had success in previous years with a number of our presenters being selected to compete in regional heats and in the National Final (which this year will be held in April at the Armourers' Hall in London). 

    For the Local Heat, we will hold competitions in both the undergraduate (starting 5pm) and postgraduate (starting approx. 6:45pm) categories. Cash prizes are normally awarded to ALL competitors. Copies of rules and entry form can be found at 

    The closing date for entries is Thursday 15th February. All you need to prepare is a short abstract and an even shorter entry form(!) Entries should be sent to Prof Serena Best by e-mail ( Feel free to contact Serena directly if you have any questions, even if you are just considering entering the competition and want more information. 

    We hope very much that we will continue the tradition of the past few years and have plenty of support from both undergraduates and postgrads/ postdocs for a really good evening and high standard competition.  

  • 22Feb

    Matthew Smith, University of Glasgow

    GaN high electron mobility transistors and associated monolithic microwave integrated circuits are a key enabling technology for high-efficiency military and civilian microwave systems. 5G communication, for example, will require a tremendous amount of power to be transferred at microwave frequencies, beyond the capability of current microwave devices. The GaN-DaME project, a collaborative effort including research teams from the Universities of Glasgow, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff, will develop proven GaN HEMT technologies with integrated diamond heat-spreading layers. This will dramatically improve on-chip RF power per unit area through extraction of self-generated heat, facilitating a disruptive change in system performance and enabling new architectures. Here I will provide an overview of the GaN-DaME process flow and describe logistics required to link the individual process modules, including wafer bonding, substrate removal and coupon production via dicing and etching.

  • 19Feb

    Dr. Mark Allendorf from Sandia National Laboratories, California

    The structural diversity of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and their nanoporosity provide numerous opportunities to design materials for optoelectronic applications. MOFs are crystalline structures in which metal ions or metal-ion clusters are linked by rigid organic molecules, creating a supramolecular network that has permanent porosity. Unwanted “guest” species, which can be solvent molecules or residual reactant, typically can be removed without structural collapse. Although many MOFs are luminescent, creating opportunities for sensing, light-emission, and energy-harvesting, the vast majority of MOFs are not electrically conducting. This presentation will summarize our efforts to combine structural elements of MOFs, such as 2D vs. 3D structure, unsaturated metal coordination sites, and “non-innocent” guest molecules, to create MOFs with new functionality relevant to opto-electronic device applications, in particular for radiation detection, light emission, and thermoelectric devices. 

  • 15Feb

    The Social Committee is delighted to announce this term's quiz! The quizmaster is James Devine-Stoneman. Sign up as an individual or as a team for £2 per person. Individuals will be placed into a team prior to the start of the quiz. 

    During the quiz there will also be a game where you can guess the amount of candy in a jar! Aoife McCaul, a part III student, will be the protector of the candy jar. All proceeds go to support Education Project Africa, so it's good for your karma!

  • 14Feb

    Alexander Buzdin

    25 minute talks + 10 minutes of questions

  • 12Feb

    Dr Stefan Wuttke 

    School of Chemistry, Joseph Banks Laboratories, University of Lincoln

  • 09Feb

    Prof Stefan Kaskel 

    Technical University Dresden, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Bergstr. 66, 01062 Dresden, Germany