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 January 2016 the Department has 15 Professors:[1]

  1. Mark Blamire, Professor of Device Materials
  2. Serena Best, Professor of Materials Science
  3. Harry Bhadeshia, FREng, FRS, Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy
  4. Ruth Cameron, Professor of Materials Science
  5. Tony Cheetham, FRS, Goldsmiths' 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. Bartek Glowacki, Professor of Energy and Materials Science
  10. Lindsay Greer, Professor of Materials Science
  11. Colin Humphreys, CBE FREng FRS, Professor and Director of Research
  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

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.[3]

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.

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

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