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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.

  • 20Nov

    Professor Lars Öhrström from Chalmers Tekniska Högskola & Berkeley Global Science Institute

    Metal-organic frameworks are coming of age. Numerous potential applications are seriously investigated by industry and a few products are already on the market. This talk will trace some of their origin, from the 1916 Japanese invention of the term coordination polymer to the molecule-based magnetic materials of the early 1990’s. I will also describe how network topology analysis is applied to different fields of solid-state chemistry, especially MOFs but also group 14 allotropes and related compounds, ice polymorphs, zeolites, supramolecular (organic) solid-state chemistry, Zintl phases, and cathode materials for Li-ion batteries.[1] Recent IUPAC recommendations and ongoing work on the terminology and nomenclature of MOFs will also be discussed.[2] Finally I will mention how metal−organic frameworks challenge our perceptions about the properties of crystalline materials.[3]

    1. (a) Designing, Describing and Disseminating New Materials Using the Network Topology Approach, L. Öhrström, 22, 13758–13763, Chemistry a European Journal, 2016, (b) Let’s talk about MOFs – Nomenclature and Terminology of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Why We Need them, L. Öhrström, Crystals, 5, 154-162, 2015

    2.  (a) Terminology of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Coordination Polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2013), Stuart Batten, Neil Champness, Xiao-Ming Cheng, Javier Garcia-Martinez, Susumu Kitagawa, Lars Öhrström, Michael O’Keeffe, Myunghyun Paik Suh, Jan Reedijk, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 85, 1715-1724, 2013 

    2.  (b) Ongoing projects, see: and

    3. Framework Chemistry Transforming our Perception of the Solid State, L. Öhrström, ACS Central Science, 2017, 3, 528–530

  • 16Nov

    The first Quiz of the year will be held on 16th Nov, starting at 1pm (and lasting just under an hour). Paulina Librizzi will be the Quizmaster. Registration will be open from Monday morning. The cost is £2 per person, which covers nibbles, as well as entry to the Quiz. Teams comprise between 4 and 6 people. One person should pay for the whole team and register its name at the Servery. The deadline for registration is the morning of Wed. 15th (or earlier if the limit of 12 teams has been reached, which is quite likely). As usual, there will be cash prizes for the top two teams.

  • 14Nov

    Kieren Lovell from University Information Services 

    This lecture is in the postgraduate student timetable, but it is available to everyone in the Department, so please do come along if you are interested. There have been a number of high profile cyber-attacks this year on organisational infrastructure, and there are regular reports in the media about banking fraud and theft of personal data, so it is worth finding out how this might affect you and what you can do to reduce the risks. 

  • 08Nov

    Speaker: David Choi.  All welcome.

    Starting: 1.15pm (25 mins + 5 mins questions)

  • 06Nov

    The Department has recently installed a new AFM, under the Sir Henry Royce Institute funding.  It is a Dimenson ICON pro with a unique combination of capabilities in topographic, electrical and mechanical imaging on large samples.

    Peter de Wolf from Bruker will be visiting on 6th November to provide advanced training on this new AFM system.  Peter is the Applications Manager at Bruker and is in charge of the development of new modes of imaging within the company, particularly modes for the examination of materials properties at the nanoscale.  He and Dr Rachel Oliver will be giving a seminar during that afternoon.  In this talk, Rachel will initially give a short introduction to the AFM for a non-specialist audience and then briefly explain the capability they have in materials property measurement which is carried forward from the older Dimension 3100, which the new Royce system replaces.  Peter will then talk at rather more length about the new capabilities of the Royce system.  There should have plenty of time for questions at the end, and from 16.00 - 18.00 there may be the opportunity for potential new AFM users to ask Peter specific questions about their research problems, or (for a limited number of users) to try out their samples on the system.

    Please do come along to the seminar.  It is a great opportunity for potential users to come along and learn about the system's capabilities, particularly as Peter is one of the most expert people in the world on materials property measurement in AFM.  If you are interested in running samples on the system, please email about this in advance so demand can be managed and, if needed, Rachel can work on developing AFM solutions with you after Peter's visit.

  • 06Nov

    Martin Uhrin from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne will be giving a Materials Modelling Seminar about workflows and provenance tracking when dealing with large numbers of calculations for materials discovery.


    The last decade has seen a shift in computational materials science towards cementing high-throughput approaches as a cornerstone of materials discovery and understanding.  This has necessitated the development of new tools to enable researchers to make the shift from running individual calculations to thousands, if not millions, in a reliable, intuitive and reproducible way.  AiiDA is a python platform that enables domain experts to encode their scientific expertise in highly customisable workflows that are easy to write, debug and share ensuring that such expertise is retained and can be built upon.  Meanwhile a database backend is used to automatically store the full provenance as a graph of inputs, calculations and corresponding outputs, allowing the user to see exactly where any result came from, or continue to work from any intermediate step. I will give a live demo of writing and running AiiDA workflows in ipython notebooks and highlight the many advantages over the more traditional, 'throwaway script', way of working.

  • 03Nov

    The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy will be participating in the University's Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 3 November.  During the afternoon session at the Department there will be opportunities to discuss PhD projects, the MASt in Materials Science, and MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise.  Guided tours of the labs, and course directors will be available to meet students.

    Further details for the Postgraduate Open Day and to register for the event see:

  • 25Oct

    Speaker: Yang Li.  All welcome.

    Starting: 1.15pm (25 mins + 5 mins questions)

  • 20Oct

    Dr. Iurii Ivanov of the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science (ESI), Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).  All welcome.

  • 06Oct

    Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya, Director of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata

    Abstract: Certain small molecules upon solubilization in specific solvents self-assemble to form viscoelastic masses known as gels. These gels (both in organic solvent and water) have various unusual physical properties which make them interesting materials for specific applications. We have developed a whole variety of these synthetic systems, investigated their properties and developed a structure-activity relationship. Such supramolecular assemblies can also host various types of nanomaterials such as metal nanoparticles, one-dimensional singled-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT), boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT) etc. The incorporation of each of these nanomaterials modifies the properties of the resulting systems and in turn renders them suitable for specific applications. These and other aspects will be discussed in this talk.

    About the Speaker: Prof Bhattacharya, FNA, FASc, FTWAS, is the Director of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, on deputation from his professorship at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. He received the PhD degree in 1988 from Rutgers University, followed by a postdoctoral position the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He first joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1991, and had been the Chairman of the Department of Organic Chemistry from 2012 - 2015, prior to taking up his position as Director of IACS. His research interests include Chemical Biology, Biological membranes, Supramolecular Chemistry, and Nanoscience & technology. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend.