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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

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Metals Up Close

Metals up close

The Scanning Electron Microscope is a powerful scientific instrument that can be used to look at materials ‘up-close’ and help us understand what is going on in the material. Here, you can have a look at some of the real materials currently used in the jet-turbine engine and see how they are structured. 

Click on the images below to find out more about what different metals look like up close! 

Turbine blade - Nickel SuperalloyCompressor Blade - Titanium AlloyEutectic alloy
Turbine blade Nickel Superalloy     Compressor Blade     Titanium alloyEutectic Alloy

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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