Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 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.

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (DMSM)
27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, new site of MSM since 2013
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge

Academic staff

As of October 2019 Professorial staff include:[1]

  1. Zoe Barber, Professor of Materials Science
  2. Mark Blamire, Professor of Device Materials
  3. Serena Best, CBE, FREng, Professor of Materials Science
  4. Harry Bhadeshia, FREng, FRS, Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy
  5. Ruth Cameron, Professor of Materials Science
  6. Manish Chhowalla, Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science
  7. Bill Clegg, Professor of Materials Science
  8. Judith Driscoll, FREng, Professor of Materials Science
  9. Cate Ducati, Professor in Nanomaterials
  10. James Elliott, Professor of Macromolecular Materials Science
  11. Lindsay Greer, Professor of Materials Science
  12. Vasant Kumar, Professor of Materials Chemistry
  13. Neil Mathur, Professor of Materials Physics
  14. Paul Midgley, FRS, Professor of Materials Science (Current Head of Department)
  15. Rachel Oliver, Professor of Materials Science
  16. Chris Pickard, Sir Alan Cottrell Professor of Materials Science
  17. Cathie Rae, Professor of Superalloys
  18. Jason WA Robinson, Professor in Materials Physics

As of October 2019 Readers and Lecturers include:[1]

  1. Rachel Evans, Reader in Materials Chemistry
  2. Sohini Kar-Narayan, Reader in Device & Energy Materials
  3. Howard Stone, Reader in Metallurgy
  4. Louise Hirst, University Lecturer (jointly appointed with the Cavendish Laboratory)
  5. Nick Jones, University Lecturer
  6. Kevin Knowles, Senior University Lecturer
  7. Emilie Ringe, University Lecturer (jointly appointed with the Department of Earth Sciences)

Heads of Department

  1. Professor R.S Hutton -1944
  2. Professor Wesley Austin 1945-1958
  3. Professor Sir Alan Cottrell FRS 1958-1966
  4. Professor Sir Robert Honeycombe FREng FRS 1966-84
  5. Professor Derek Hull FREng FRS 1984-1991
  6. Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE FREng FRS 1991-1996
  7. Professor Alan Windle FRS 1996-2000
  8. Professor Derek Fray FRS FREng 2000-2005
  9. Professor Alan Lindsay Greer 2005-2013
  10. Professor Mark Blamire 2013-2018
  11. Professor Paul Midgley FRS 2018- (current)

Research Themes

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

Research is organised into the following groups.[3]

Spinout Companies

  • 2015 - Paragraf Ltd - novel deposition of graphene onto semiconductors
  • 2010 - CamGaN (now part of Plessey) - GaN on Silicon LED technology (low cost, low energy lighting)
  • 2007 - Inotec AMD - innovative topical oxygen therapy for wound healing
  • 2004 - Q-flo (merged with Plasan, CNT fibres now commercialised by Tortech) - ultra-long CNT fibres
  • 2004 - Camfridge - energy-efficient and gas-free magnetic cooling
  • 2001 - Metalysis - commercialisation of the FFC Cambridge Process. Reduction of metal oxides and ores into pure metals and alloys
  • 1989 - CMD Ltd (became part of Accelerys, now part of Biovia Dassault Systems) - X-ray modelling software

Alumni and former staff

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. doi:10.1126/science.1145490. PMID 17615332.
  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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