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The Department houses a wide range of specialist research equipment housed in a number of processing and measurement facilities. Many of the facilities are managed by one or more of the research groups in the Department and most are available to all University staff and students. The list below is far from complete, but gives an indication of the scope of the facilities available to researchers.  Internal users can also find further information on these facilities on the Intranet.


The University of Cambridge is also a partner in the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials and there are a number of pieces of equipment available across the University, including within the Department, available for academic and industrial research collaborations in the fields of Materials for Energy-Efficient ICT.  The Cambridge Royce is primarily interested in materials applications for three research areas:

  • Energy Generation: new materials that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.
  • Energy Storage: significant improvements in the energy density, longevity, cost and compatibility of the various energy storage technologies required to power the next generation of ICT devices.
  • Energy Use: radical approaches to reduce power consumption in processing and memory, towards the theoretical limits that are many orders of magnitude below current silicon-based technology, and making devices more lightweight.

The Maxwell Centre is the base for the Cambridge Royce:  For general enquiries relating to research in these areas please contact