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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Lewis Owen

Lewis Owen

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 331950


2009 - 2013 - MSci in Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Research Interests

Diffuse X-ray and Neutron scattering and short-range order in metallic compounds. The use of Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) methods for analysis of the diffuse scattering to probe structural order, both long and short range, with particular reference to system phase transitions.


  • short range order
  • thermodynamics
  • diffraction
  • nickel-based superalloys

Key Publications

H.Y. Playford, L.R. Owen, I. Levin, M.G. Tucker. “New insights into complex materials using Reverse Monte Carlo modeling.” Annual Reviews in Materials Research, 44 (2014), 429-449.

L.R. Owen, H.Y. Playford, H.J. Stone, M.G. Tucker, “A New Approach to the Analysis of Short-range Order in Alloys using total scattering”, Acta Materialia, 115 (2016) 155-166.

L.R. Owen, E.J. Pickering, H.Y. Playford, H.J. Stone, M.G. Tucker and N.G. Jones “An assessment of the lattice strain in the CrMnFeCoNi High-Entropy Alloy”, Acta Materialia, 122 (2017) 11-18.

L.R. Owen, H.Y. Playford, H.J. Stone and M.G. Tucker “Analysis of Short-Range Order in Cu3Au using X-ray Pair Distribution Functions”, Acta Materialia, 125 (2017) 15-26.

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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