Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (DMSM)
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

As of June 2018 the Department has 15 Professors:[1]

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

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]

  • Active and Intelligent Materials Laboratory
  • Applied Superconductivity & Cryoscience Group
  • Atomistic Simulation Group
  • Ceramics and Inorganic Materials Group
  • Composites & Coatings Group
  • Device Materials Group
  • Electron Microscopy Group
  • Functional Inorganic and Hybrid Materials Group
  • The Gordon Laboratory
  • Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride
  • Hybrid Materials Group
  • Inorganic Microstructures Group
  • Macromolecular Materials Laboratory
  • Materials Chemistry Group
  • Materials Theory 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

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). "Robert William Kerr Honeycombe". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 55: 91–106. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2008.0020.

Coordinates: 52°12′13″N 0°07′12″E / 52.2036°N 0.1201°E / 52.2036; 0.1201

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