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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Metallurgical Preparation

The RR UTC has a laboratory dedicated to metallurgical sample preparation.  The equipment in this lab allows us to prepare specimens for a wide range of analysis techniques.

 Met Prep

Our equipment includes three precision saws (a Struers Accutom-5 and two Struers Secotom-10), which give us the capability to cut various materials and create precisely-sized specimens. Additionally, we have a hot mounting press and cold mounting equipment.

Automatic Polishers

The laboratory also contains numerous grinding and polishing facilities, including two semi-automatic grinder/polishers (both ATM Saphirs), which can accommodate up to nine samples each and give us the ability to control the pressure and speed at every stage. Two manual grinding wheels, two manual polishing wheels and a vibratory polisher are also available.  To aid our extensive research effort using TEM, we also have a Struers Tenupol twin-jet electropolishing unit for preparing electron-transparent specimens.


For final surface treatments, the laboratory is equipped with two ultrasonic water baths for thorough specimen cleaning, and the necessary tools to perform a variety of electrochemical etchings, including three fume cupboards.

Part of our research involves the design of new alloys; a filtration fume cabinet (Monmouth Circulaire) is available for metal powder manipulation.


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Dr. Lewis Owen appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge

Jan 24, 2018

Dr. Lewis Owen has been appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship commencing in October 2018 at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge. We look forward to many more years of high quality research into the wonderful world of short range order.

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology Visit

Jan 17, 2018

We had a fantastic time today hosting the uber-talented students from the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. We believe sharing some of our research and encouraging as many people as possible to consider STEM careers is a key responsibility for any scientist/engineer.

PhD studentships now available within the group

Jan 09, 2018

Navigate onto our vacancies page to find out more!

Strategic Partnership with Rolls-Royce shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017

Oct 03, 2017

The Rolls-Royce partnership with the universities of Cambridge, Swansea and Birmingham has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017. Find out more here:

New high temperature thermocouple

Nov 14, 2016

Dr. Michele Scervini has developed a new thermocouple for high-temperature applications