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

Following the changes to academic titles in 2021/2022 at the University of Cambridge,[1] the academic staff of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy no longer use the academic titles of Reader and Lecturer. The list below reflects the new academic titles.

Academic staff

As of October 2022 Professorial staff include:[2]

  1. Serena Best, CBE, FREng, Professor of Materials Science
  2. Ruth Cameron, Professor of Materials Science
  3. Manish Chhowalla, Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science
  4. Judith Driscoll, FREng, Professor of Materials Science
  5. Caterina Ducati, Professor of Nanomaterials
  6. Rachel Evans, Professor of Materials Chemistry
  7. James Elliott, Professor of Macromolecular Materials Science
  8. Lindsay Greer, Professor of Materials Science
  9. Louise Hirst, Professor of Materials Physics (jointly appointed with the Cavendish Laboratory)
  10. Nick Jones, Professor of Metallurgy
  11. Sohini Kar-Narayan, Professor of Device & Energy Materials
  12. Neil Mathur, Professor of Materials Physics
  13. Paul Midgley, FRS, Professor of Materials Science (Current Head of Department)
  14. Rachel Oliver, FREng, Professor of Materials Science
  15. Chris Pickard, Sir Alan Cottrell Professor of Materials Science
  16. Cathie Rae, Professor of Superalloys
  17. Emilie Ringe, Professor of Synthetic and Natural Nanomaterials (jointly appointed with the Department of Earth Sciences)
  18. Howard Stone, Professor of Metallurgy
  19. Jason WA Robinson, Professor of Materials Physics

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 2018-2020
  12. Professor Ruth Cameron, Professor James Elliott, and Professor Jason Robinson 2020- (current)

Research Themes

Current research spans seven themes in which there are current materials challenges to overcome:[3]

  1. Aerospace materials
  2. Information Communication Technologies
  3. Innovative Characterisation
  4. Materials Discovery
  5. Materials for Energy and Sustainability
  6. Materials for Healthcare
  7. Novel Design and Processing

Research Groups

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.[4]

Spinout Companies

Alumni and former staff

Notable alumni and former staff include:

See also


  1. ^ "Reports - Cambridge University Reporter 6582".
  2. ^ People in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
  3. ^ Materials Challenges in Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
  4. ^ Research groups – A to Z list, University of Cambridge
  5. ^ "Pioneering innovation in zero-carbon heating and cooling". Barocal.
  6. ^ "Materials testing startup Plastometrex raises seed round | Cambridge Network".
  7. ^ "LinkedIn Login, Sign in | LinkedIn".
  8. ^ 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. 59: 93–124. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2012.0042.
  9. ^ 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. S2CID 38060682.
  10. ^ 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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