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Seminars, socials and events of interest to Department members are listed below, with the next seven days listings also being shown on the Reception area screen. Please visit the Intranet to complete the online form to register your event (please note entries are moderated/approved prior to appearing).

All events are held in the Department unless stated otherwise.


  • 02Apr

    Lecture Theatre 1, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge, CB3 0AS

    The 5th meeting of the Cambridge Advances Materials Network, organised by Dr Howard Stone and Dr Nick Jones, will bring together researchers from across Cambridge to discuss the new materials technologies that are needed for the future prosperity of the UK aerospace industry. This industry is now considering radically new airframe designs including; thinner truss-braced wings, laminar flow control, boundary layer ingestion, as well as new aero-engine designs including; open rotors, geared turbofans and, for regional jets, electric propulsion. The realisation of such technologies could lead to significant improvements in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, thereby offering considerable benefits to the UK and companies working in this sector. However, many of these new, innovative concepts require new materials to be successful and university-based research has the potential; to deliver these key enabling materials.  The meeting will seek to provide a platform for researchers to showcase their work and discuss potential opportunities to collaborate in this industrially important field for UK industry.

    Please register your attendance via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-advanced-materials-network-5-materials-challenges-for-future-aerospace-camatnet-tickets-55559070676?ref=estw

  • 08Apr

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 1

    Speaker: Martin Hytch, Research Director at CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse, France

  • 16Apr

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 2

    Prof. J. D. Tovar - John Hopkins University

  • 03May

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 1

    Prof. Laurence Marks, Northwestern University Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

    It has been known for at least a century that chloride has a major effect on corrosion, often increasing the rate of attack by an order of magnitude or more. This has serious consequences, not just for corrosion in sea water but also within humans; they have similar chloride ion levels. The literature is full of conflicting models each developed with particular approaches focusing on one aspect of the problem, rarely looking at the larger picture. The focus of this talk will be to show that the different conflicting models are not in fact conflicting. Density functional theory calculations show that chloride plays a critical role in disrupting the hydrogen bonding networks at oxide surfaces by replacing chemisorbed hydroxide. This leads to a reduction in the surface free energy which promotes morphological instabilities, these later conclusions being supported by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography results.

    This seminar will be followed by tea, coffee, and biscuits at 4pm in the tearoom.

    View the seminar series on Talks.cam - http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/98965

  • 07Jun

    Goldsmiths' Lecture Room 1

    Dr Rylie Green, Imperial College London, Bioengineering Department.

    This seminar will be followed by tea, coffee, and biscuits at 4pm in the tearoom. 

    View the seminar series on Talks.cam - http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/98965

  • 18Jun

    Pippard Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE

    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 21st Kelly Lecture (Professor Yves Bréchet, Grenoble Institute of Technology).