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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 - 14:00 to 19:00
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The Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum brings together researchers from universities, industry and research funding bodies to hear about the latest developments in Materials Science. The Forum is hosted by the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, under the auspices of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Livery Company, and is generously supported by leading organisations active in the materials field. In addition to the afternoon of talks, there are posters displaying current research in the Department, exhibitor booths, and an opportunity for free-roaming networking – all online.


2.00pm Welcoming Remarks - Professor William Bonfield, Past Master of the Armourers & Brasiers; Chairman of the A&B Materials Science Committee)

Session I - Chair: Professor Ruth Cameron

2:10pm A century, and more, of materials research at Cambridge - Professor A. Lindsay Greer, Cambridge University

2:40pm International cooperation in space ― why wouldn’t you? - Dr Alice Bunn, International Director, UK Space Agency

3:10pm Adventures in product development: Materials challenges in Membranes - Dr Eilidh Bedford, Pall Corporation, New York NY

3.40 – 4.10pm Time to visit our posters and exhibitor booths


Session II - Chair: Professor Serena Best CBE

4.10pm Brief Encounters! ― a series of 3-minute talks by younger researchers

4.40pm Caught in the act: understanding how crystals grow by watching the movies - Professor Frances Ross, MIT, Cambridge MA

Chair: Professor William Bonfield CBE

5.10pm Armourers & Brasiers' Materials Science Venture Prize 2021 ― presented by Mr Mike Goulette, Master of the Armourers & Brasiers' Company

5.25 - 5.35pm Short break


THE TWENTY-SECOND KELLY LECTURE - Chair: Professor Lindsay Greer

5.35pm Keynote - Sustainable metals - Professor Dierk Raabe Director, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany

6.35pm Vote of Thanks

7.00pm Close

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Keynote Spaker

Sustainable Metals: Professor Dierk Raabe, Director, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany

Metallic alloys have enabled progress over millennia. Today we produce two billion tons of metals every year, with this rate predicted to possibly triple by 2050. Metals require a lot of energy for their extraction and manufacture, and these processes emit large amounts of greenhouse gases and pollution. The success of metals thus brings them into a position where they have an important role in addressing the rapidly worsening environmental crisis. The presentation discusses clear pathways for improving the direct sustainability of structural metals, in areas including reduced-carbon-dioxide primary production, recycling, scrap-compatible alloy design, contaminant-tolerance of alloys and improved alloy longevity. The lecture also discusses the effectiveness and technological readiness of individual measures, and also shows how novel structural materials enable improved energy efficiency.