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Cambridge Royce appoint the next Cambridge Royce Champion

last modified Jul 03, 2019 09:24 AM

The Henry Royce Institute and University of Cambridge is pleased to announce that Professor Manish Chhowalla has been appointed as the Academic Champion for the Royce facilities installed at the University (Cambridge Royce). Manish succeeds Professor Sir Richard Friend as Cambridge Royce Champion  from 1st July 2019. 

Manish is the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and his main research interests are in two-dimensional materials for electronic and energy applications. Prior to his arrival in Cambridge in 2018, Manish was Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.

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"It is an exciting time to join the Royce’s team of Champions. The equipment and expertise at the University of Cambridge is fully operational and we are working with industry and academia across the UK to solve materials challenges. I would like to thank Prof Sir Richard Friend for his excellent work in setting the foundations for a thriving research environment here in Cambridge, and we look forward to a bright future for collaborative innovation," Professor Manish Chhowalla.


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The Henry Royce Institute is the UK's national institute for materials science research and innovation. Cambridge Royce focuses on Materials for Energy-Efficient ICT, with primarily interest in materials applications for three research areas:

Energy Generation: new materials that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.

Energy Storage: significant improvements in the energy density, longevity, cost and compatibility of the various energy storage technologies required to power the next generation of ICT devices.

Energy Use: radical approaches to reduce power consumption in processing and memory, towards the theoretical limits that are many orders of magnitude below current silicon-based technology, and making devices more lightweight.

The Cambridge Royce has fifteen advanced materials characterisation tools that are available for use by academic and industrial researchers. Please contact Lata Sahonta ( for more information on the Royce facilities.