Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
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In the University of Cambridge, the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy plays a central and major role in research and teaching in materials science. With an academic staff of nearly 30, the Department's research covers all major areas of the subject, and this breadth is reflected in the scope of our fouryear undergraduate course. The emphasis in undergraduate teaching is always on the underlying principles which are applicable to the whole range of engineering materials; ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, solid state device materials. The lecture courses are integrated with laboratory work, projects, example classes and supervisions in small groups. Supervisions are mainly collegebased and enable students to receive personal attention, so that they can receive additional help with the topics they find difficult and have extra encouragement with the parts of the course in which they are particularly interested. Contact with industry plays an important part in the course through visits to industrial facilities, speakers from industry and vacation placements. The Department is home to graduate students from all over the world, mostly studying for the PhD degree. About 30 new graduate students arrive each year, many of whom join us with backgrounds in physics, chemistry or engineering. A new course leading to the MPhil degree in Computational Modelling of Materials has been started in 2000, designed for graduates from many different disciplines, and echoing the rapid growth and importance of this approach in materials research. Formal application, as either a PhD or MPhil student, must be made to the Board of Graduate Studies, but the Department is always keen to hear from prospective students, who are encouraged to identify possible research areas from the staff profiles on this site.
Recent Submissions

Avalanching on dunes and its effects: Size statistics, stratification, & seismic surveys
(University of CambridgeApplied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsSt. Catharine's College, 20181020)Geophysical research has long been interdisciplinary, with many phenomena on the Earth's surface involving multiple, linked processes that are best understood using a combination of techniques. This is particularly true ...


Wormhole throats in R gravity
(Classical and Quantum Gravity, 20050121)

The analysis and simulation of multiaccess computer systems
(University of CambridgeDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, 19700507)

Crystallization and melting in geological fluid mechanics
(University of CambridgeDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, 19910712)

Modelling Photospheric Magnetoconvection
(University of CambridgeDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, 20000314)

Towards the european strategy for particle physics: The briefing book
(European Physical Journal C, 20070701)

The quasifixed Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model
(Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and HighEnergy Physics, 19971225)

Interpreting the CMS ℓ+ ℓjj+ missing transverse energy excess with a leptoquark model
(Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 20150917)

Z′ models for the LHCb and g2 muon anomalies
(Physical Review D, 20160329)

Vortices, Painlevé integrability and projective geometry
(University of CambridgeApplied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsQueens', 20180628)GaugThe ﬁrst half of the thesis concerns Abelian vortices and YangMills theory. It is proved that the 5 types of vortices recently proposed by Manton are actually symmetry reductions of (anti)selfdual YangMills equations ...

Relativistic Quantum Tasks
Quantum mechanics, which describes the behaviour of matter and energy on very small scales, is one of the most successful theories in the history of science. Einstein's theory of special relativity, which describes the ...


An elliptic regularity theorem for fractional partial differential operators
(Computational and Applied Mathematics, 20180901)


High accuracy computational methods for the semiclassical Schrödinger equation
(University of CambridgeDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)King's College, 20180428)The computation of Schrödinger equations in the semiclassical regime presents several enduring challenges due to the presence of the small semiclassical parameter. Standard approaches for solving these equations commence ...

Exploring cosmic origins with CORE: Gravitational lensing of the CMB
(Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 20180405)

Indices for Supersymmetric Quantum Field Theories in Four Dimensions
(University of CambridgeDepartment of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsTrinity Hall, 20120721)In this thesis, we investigate four dimensional supersymmetric indices. The motivation for studying such objects lies in the physics of Seiberg's electricmagnetic duality in supersymmetric field theories. In the first ...

A generalisation of the MalgrangeEhrenpreis theorem to find fundamental solutions to fractional PDEs
(ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE THEORY OF DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, 2017)

Hydrodynamic mobility of a sphere moving on the centerline of an elastic tube
(PHYSICS OF FLUIDS, 201711)