Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (DMSM)
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road.jpg
27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, new site of MSM since 2013
Location Cambridge, United Kingdom
Affiliations University of Cambridge

The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (DMSM) is a large research and teaching division of the University of Cambridge. Since 2013 it has been located in West Cambridge., having previously occupied several buildings on the New Museums Site in the centre of Cambridge.

Senior Staff[edit]

As of October 2016 the Department has 16 Professors:[1]

  1. Zoe Barber, Professor of Materials Science
  2. Mark Blamire, Professor of Device Materials (Current Head of Department)
  3. Serena Best, Professor of Materials Science
  4. Harry Bhadeshia, FREng, FRS, Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy
  5. Ruth Cameron, Professor of Materials Science
  6. Tony Cheetham, FRS, Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science
  7. Bill Clegg, Professor of Materials Science
  8. Bill Clyne, Professor of Mechanics of Materials
  9. Judith Driscoll, Professor of Materials Science
  10. Bartek Glowacki, Professor of Energy and Materials Science
  11. Lindsay Greer, Professor of Materials Science
  12. Colin Humphreys, CBE FREng FRS, Professor and Director of Research
  13. Neil Mathur, Professor of Materials Physics
  14. Paul Midgley, FRS, Professor of Materials Science
  15. Chris Pickard, Sir Alan Cottrell Professor of Materials Science
  16. Cathie Rae, Professor of Superalloys

Research Themes[edit]

Current research is organised into seven themes:[2]

  1. Device materials
  2. Electron microscopy
  3. Materials chemistry
  4. Medical & pharmaceutical materials
  5. Structural materials
  6. Clean energy & sustainability
  7. Nuclear energy

Research Groups[edit]

Stair Case of Arup Tower, part of the former site of MSM, at the New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge.

Research is organised into the following groups.[3]

  • Active and Intelligent Materials Laboratory
  • Applied Superconductivity & Cryoscience Group
  • Atomistic Simulation Group
  • Ceramics and Inorganic Materials Group
  • Composites & Coatings Group
  • Electric Carbon Nanomaterials Group
  • Device Materials Group
  • Electron Microscopy Group
  • Functional Inorganic and Hybrid Materials Group
  • The Gordon Laboratory
  • Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride
  • Inorganic Microstructures Group
  • Macromolecular Materials Laboratory
  • Materials Chemistry Group
  • Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials
  • Microstructural Kinetics Group
  • The Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science
  • Phase Transformations and Complex Properties Group
  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Advanced Materials
  • SKF University Technology Centre for Steels

Alumni and former staff[edit]

Notable alumni and former staff include:


  1. ^ People in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
  2. ^ Research themes in Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
  3. ^ Research groups – A to Z list, University of Cambridge
  4. ^ Smallman, R. E.; Knott, J. F. (2013). "Sir Alan Cottrell FRS FREng. 17 July 1919 -- 15 February 2012". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2012.0042. 
  5. ^ Doherty, R. (2007). "RETROSPECTIVE: Robert W. Cahn (1924-2007) and David Turnbull (1915-2007)". Science. 317 (5834): 56–57. PMID 17615332. doi:10.1126/science.1145490. 
  6. ^ Smallman, R. E. (2009). "Sir Robert William Kerr Honeycombe KBE. 2 May 1921--14 September 2007". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 55: 91–106. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2008.0020. 

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