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Rolls-Royce UTC

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


High-Entropy Alloys

High Entropy Alloys (HEAs) are an intriguing new class of metallic materials, based on a novel approach to materials design. Contrary to conventional alloying, these materials do not have a principal component, but are instead based on near equiatomic mixtures of five or more elements. Traditional metallurgical wisdom would expect the microstructure of these materials to contain a number of intermetallic phases, yet surprisingly, this has not to been the case. Experimental studies have reported single or dual phase as-cast microstructures, and corresponding diffraction data have indicated that these phases have simple crystal structures, such as fcc or bcc.  


To rationalise these observations, it was suggested that entropy of mixing in these systems must be very high, extending the mutual solubility of different elemental species and stabilising simple structured solid solutions with respect to the formation of intermetallic compounds. Studies of such alloys have identified a number of promising properties, including high strength, good wear characteristics and excellent corrosion resistance, which make these materials industrially relevant. However, despite a huge number or research articles having been published in this area in the last ten years, much of the underlying science of these materials remains under debate.

Within the UTC, our work focuses on two main areas; 1) gaining a fundamental understanding of the phase metallurgy of near equiatomic HEAs, and 2) developing novel alloys based on the HEA concept for use at elevated temperature.

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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