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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Energy-related research in Materials and Chemistry is key focus area in Cambridge and includes work focused on the fundamental synthesis, physics and chemistry of materials, through to the processing of the materials and production of devices.  The Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and Materials Science and Metallurgy are particularly active in this area.  Focus areas include:

  • Functional materials, including low cost nanostructured solar cells and light emitting devices and graphene for energy harvesting, conversion, electricity storage and transport
  • Catalysis for fuel cells and sustainable chemical processes
  • Sustainable chemistry, including the efficient use of resources and the development of new catalytic chemical reactions and products for sustainable applications.

The £20 million donation by Mr. David Harding to establish the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, launched in 2011, will support research programmes that explore basic science which can generate the new technologies and new industries that will be needed to meet the demands of a growing population on our already strained natural resources. The programme will provide studentships, research fellowships, and support for new academic staff as well as investment in research infrastructure of the highest level, pump-priming for novel research projects, support for collaborations within the University and outside. There will be a strong emphasis upon fundamental research that will have importance for the sustainability agenda in the long-term.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Materials and Chemistry theme. 

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Abir Al-Tabbaa
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor in Geotechnical Engineering
Director of FIBE2 CDT
Professor Ali  Alavi
Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Dr. Paul  Barker
University Associate Professor
Professor Jeremy  Baumberg
Research Fellow in the Sciences, Trinity Hall
Professor Daping  Chu
Nanjing Professor of Technology and Innovation
Dr Jacqui  Cole
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professorship in Materials Physics Head of Molecular Engineering Group
Michael  De Volder
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Advanced Materials Engineering
Judith  Driscoll
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Materials Science
Dr. Melinda  Duer
Professor of Biological and Biomedical Chemistry
Dr John  Durrell
Professor of Superconductor Engineering
Professor Erika  Eiser
Professor in Soft Matter Physics
Professor James  Elliott
Professor of Macromolecular Materials Science
Head of Department (Joint)
+44 1223 335987
Professor Stephen  Elliott
Professor of Chemical Physics
01223 336525
Dr Rachel  Evans
Professor of Materials Chemistry
Professor Andrea  Ferrari
Adrian Fisher
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
01223 763996
Professor Norman  Fleck
Professor of Mechanics of Materials
Director of the Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics
Dr. Andrew  Flewitt
Professor of Electronic Engineering
Alexander Forse
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Sir Richard  Friend
Director of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Cavendish Professor of Physics
Professor Lindsay  Greer
Professor of Materials Science
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Professor Clare  Grey
Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor
Professor Malte  Grosche
Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Dr Stephan  Hofmann
Professor in Nanotechnology
Professor Stephen  Jenkins
Professor of Physical & Computational Surface Chemistry
Professor Bill  Jones
Professor of Materials Chemistry
Dr Hannah  Joyce
Professor of Low-Dimensional Electronics
Sohini  Kar-Narayan
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Device & Energy Materials
Dr Alpha  Lee
Winton Advanced Research Fellow
Professor Neil  Mathur
Professor of Materials Physics
APS Fellow
Professor Paul  Midgley
Professor of Materials Science
Director of the Electron Microscope Facility
Professor Jonathan R. Nitschke
Professor of Chemistry
Professor Rachel  Oliver
Professor of Materials Science
Professor Mike  Payne
Professor of Computational Physics
Fellow of Pembroke College
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Erwin  Reisner
Professor of Energy and Sustainability
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Dr. Oren  Scherman
Professor of Supramolecular & Polymer Chemistry
Director of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis
Professor Ashwin  Seshia
Professor of Microsystems Technology
Dr. Hugh  Shercliff
University Associate Professor
Professor Henning  Sirringhaus
Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics
Head of Microelectronics Group, Cavendish Laboratory
01223 337557
Dr. Howard  Stone
Deputy Director - Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
01223 334320
Sam Stranks
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor Mark  Welland
Professor of Nanotachnology
Master of St. Catharine's College Cambridge
Dr. Andrew  Wheatley
Professor of Materials Chemistry

Associate Members

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students