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Prof Peter Bruce

28th November 2017

Peter Bruce among world’s most influential scientific minds – three years in a row.

Congratulations to Prof Peter Bruce for being named as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for the third year in a row. Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Wolfson Chair of Materials and an expert in materials for energy storage, is one of the most highly cited researchers in chemistry. Read more about Professor Peter Bruce's research on the group website.

Dr Roger Booker

10th November 2017

Dr Roger Booker (1927 – 2017)

It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of our respected and eminent colleague. Roger joined the department in 1966 and pursued world leading research into the structure and properties of defects in semiconductors and their effect on electronic devices. Roger formally retired from the department in the early 1990’s but then continued to provide research student supervision for several years.

Lithium Battery

20th October 2017

£65 million battery technology research institute

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced the consortium of UK universities that will form the Faraday Battery Institute, a new £65 million research institute responsible for building the UK’s status as a global leader in battery research and technology.

The University of Oxford is one of the seven partners in the institute. The Oxford component will be headed up by Professor Peter Bruce and colleagues in the Department of Materials.

David Pettifor 1945-2017

20th October 2017

Professor David Pettifor CBE FRS (1945 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of one of our most respected and eminent colleagues. David joined the department in 1992 as the Isaac Wolfson Professor of Metallurgy and established the Materials Modelling Laboratory. The MML became a national and international centre for research into the theory of metals and other materials, and continues to this day to fulfil the founding vision of understanding and designing materials from the sub-atomic to engineering scale. David formally retired from the department in 2011 but continued to provide supervision, guidance and irreplaceable wisdom to many early career research scientists and colleagues.

19th October 2017

David Armstrong appointed Associate Professor

David Armstrong, currently a RAEng Fellow in the department, has been appointed to the new Associate Professorship in Materials, jointly with Corpus Christi College from 1st October 2017. Professor Armstrong is an expert in the micromechanical properties of materials, with a focus on materials for the most demanding environments, including Ni superalloys, steels, refractory alloys and ceramic-ceramic composites.

Nanomaterials Film

18th October 2017

Public Engagement in Science

Fresh from appearing in this year’s Hay Festival as part of The Royal Society's The Next Big Thing public engagement with science, Professor Nicole Grobert has made a film explaining nanomaterials.

Prof Feliciano Giustino

15th September 2017

Prof Giustino elected Upson Visiting Professor at Cornell

Professor Feliciano Giustino has been elected the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor in Engineering at Cornell University for Fall 2017 through Spring 2018. Prof. Giustino will be visiting the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell for collaborative work with faculty and students, and will deliver a Summer school on ab-initio computational materials modelling within PARADIM, the NSF Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials led by Prof. Darrell Schlom.

Prof Bhaskaran at TEDx Eton

14th June 2017

Prof Bhaskaran talks at TEDx Eton

Congratualtions to Prof Bhaskaran whose talk at TEDx Eton in March earlier this year has just been published via Youtube. Prof Bhaskaran presents his ideas on how phase change materials and nano-scale compoentns could change the nature of colour displays.

24th May 2017

Cultural Diversity in Materials

The University of Oxford celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity on 21st May, by taking a look at the diverse backgrounds of people at Oxford and what diversity means to them. Oxford University has connections with virtually every country in the world, with students from 150 different countries and academic staff from 98 different countries. Materials staff and students similarly come from a all around the world, joining together to learn about and develop materials for the future. Diversity in Oxford is a vital factor in making it a great University.

optical device

31st March 2017

ERC Consolidator Grant Award

Prof Jamie Warner, head of the Nanostructured Materials Group, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for programme Large-Area Transparent Opto-Electronics using 2D Materials. The vision of the ERC proposal is to realize a new class of ultra-thin, flexible, large-area, transparent, high-sensitivity opto-electronic device arrays based on all 2D materials, with a focus on imaging sensors and LEDs. This will involve wafer-scale CVD synthesis of 2D materials including novel blue and green 2D semiconductors, optical spectroscopy to probe the interlayer interactions, atomic level structure-property correlations using advanced electron microscopy, and the nanoscale fabrication and testing of high efficiency devices.