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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


What do we do?

Did you know that at this moment there are nearly half a million people travelling overhead, kept aloft by metals that should be molten?


There is an ever increasing demand for more flights, but we also need to reduce the emissions produced by aircraft - this one of the greatest engineering challenges we face today.  

We need to produce more efficient engines by running them hotter, but this is not possible with the materials currently available, many of which are operating in temperatures above their melting points!  (Find out how this is possible here)

At the Cambridge Rolls-Royce UTC, we aim to design new materials that are able to withstand the extreme conditions experienced in a jet turbine engine.  We do this by changing the way the atoms are arranged in materials, since this determines their properties.  

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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