The demand continues for materials that are stronger, cheaper, lighter, more conductive – simply better.

Nano-sized balls of gold

Quantum kisses change the colour of nothing

07 Nov 2012

New insights from research suggest ways to measure the world at the scale of single atoms and molecules.

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Oil rig

Major investment will lead to new materials for the energy industry

07 Aug 2012

As energy companies begin to exploit resources located deeper in the sea bed, scientists at Cambridge University are taking part in a major...

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Edge of silicon ingot

Solar-grade silicon at low cost

18 Apr 2012

A new process developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge has the potential to drive down the cost of manufacturing solar-grade silicon...

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An LED emitting light on a 6-inch silicon wafer.

All set and ready to glow

03 Feb 2012

A breakthrough technique for manufacturing LEDs on silicon is to be exploited in the UK, putting mass-produced, energy-efficient lighting within...

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A section of an Ashby chart

It’s a material world

15 Sep 2011

A spin-out from Cambridge's Engineering Department and a leading supplier of materials information technology software to industry, Granta Design has...

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How butterflies’ wings could cut bank fraud

28 May 2010

Cambridge scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colours found on the wings of tropical butterflies. The...

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Scientists home in on lithium battery safety flaws

14 May 2010

Scientists at Cambridge have developed a simple, accurate way of "seeing" chemistry in action inside a lithium-ion battery.

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Trent 900

Strategic research partnership drives materials science research and training

01 Jan 2010

Rolls-Royce and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will work jointly with the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Swansea...

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Organic solar cells

Organic solar cells

01 Aug 2009

How can the cost of solar cells be reduced enough to make them a feasible source of large-scale renewable energy? The answer is to make them thin.

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blue light-emitting diode

Harnessing materials for energy

27 May 2009

Cambridge has received £1.4 million funding to progress innovative energy solutions.

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Microtomographic image showing the 3D structure of a resorbable support material designed to allow in-growth as it degrades

Next-generation medical implants

01 Sep 2008

At the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials, a highly interdisciplinary approach is meeting the challenge of bioengineering new materials for the...

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Collagen mechanics: learning from nature

01 Sep 2008

Because of their unique structure, biological tissues exhibit physical and mechanical properties that are unlike anything in the world of engineering.

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