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A. Lindsay Greer earned MA and PhD degrees at Cambridge, then undertook postdoctoral work and was Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University before returning to a faculty position in Cambridge.  He has held visiting positions at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble and the Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Grenoble, and was Harrison Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Physics and Centre for Materials Innovation, Washington University.  He holds an Advisory Professorship at Chongqing University.  He is an editor of Philosophical Magazine (founded in 1798, publishing papers on the structure and properties of condensed matter).  He has been awarded the Pilkington Teaching Prize of the University of Cambridge, the Light Metals and Cast Shop Technology Awards of TMS (USA), the Cook-Ablett Award, the Hume Rothery Prize and the Griffith Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the ISMANAM Senior Scientist Medal, the Honda Kotaro Memorial Medal of Tohoku University, and the Lee Hsun Lecture Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  He has published two books, more than 10 book chapters and more than 350 scientific papers.


Microstructural kinetics, specifically on glass formation and crystal nucleation.  His work on glasses has focused on metallic glasses and recently on their mechanical properties.  Other interests are the grain refinement of aluminium alloys, chalcogenide thin films for phase-change data storage and electromigration.


Key publications: 

KF Kelton & AL Greer:  Nucleation in Condensed Matter:  Applications in Materials and Biology,.  Elsevier (Pergamon Materials Series), Amsterdam (2010) ISBN: 978-0-08-042147-6.  (726 pp)

Materials science:  A cloak of liquidity  AL Greer, Nature 464 (2010) 1137-1138.

“Bulk metallic glasses ― at the cutting edge of metals research  AL Greer & E Ma, MRS Bulletin 32 (2007) 611-615.

Making metallic glasses plastic by control of residual stress  Y Zhang, WH Wang & AL Greer, Nature Materials 5 (2006) 857-860.

Metallic glasses as structural materials  MF Ashby& AL Greer, Scripta Materialia 54 (2006) 321-326.

Temperature rise at shear bands in metallic glasses  JJ Lewandowski & AL Greer, Nature Materials 5 (2006) 15-18.

Liquid metals:  Supercool order  AL Greer, Nature Materials 5 (2006) 13-14.

Materials science:  Changing face of the chameleon  AL Greer & ND Mathur, Nature 437 (2005) 1246-1247.

Electromigration effects on compound growth at interfaces  H Orchard & AL Greer, Applied Physics Letters 86 (2005) 231906.

Amorphous metallic plastic  B Zhang, DQ Zhao, MX Pan, WH Wang & AL Greer, Physical Review Letters 94 (2005) 205502.

Athermal heterogeneous nucleation of solidification  TE Quested & AL Greer, Acta Materialia 53 (2005) 2683-2692.

Intrinsic plasticity or brittleness of metallic glasses  JJ Lewandowski, WH Wang & AL Greer, Philosophical Magazine Letters 85 (2005) 77-87.

Professor of Materials Science
Professor Lindsay  Greer
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