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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

PhD student

Supervisor: Prof. Bill Clegg

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334493

Research Interests

The aim of my project is to develop methods to produce single crystals, doped crystals and peritectic structures using an optical floating zone furnace, with a view to studying plasticity in structurally complex phases. Of interest are simple Laves Phases and a range of complex metallic alloys. Techniques to achieve controlled doping will be developed with a particular interest in aluminides. Samples prepared by these techniques will be subjected to a range of tests, particularly midi scale mechanical testing, which can be compared with micropillar compression and larger scale conventional mechanical testing.


  • intermetallics

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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