Giving to Materials Science
Few materials science departments in the world offer the breadth of expertise found in Oxford. The department is internationally renowned for research in characterisation, modelling, processing and properties, and is particularly strong in the development of novel characterisation techniques and instrumentation – including in high resolution electron microscopy and atom probe – and in the processing of high performance materials. Some of the most advanced instruments and facilities in the world are located in departmental space in the Keble Road triangle and on the University’s Begbroke Science Park.
With a clear focus on understanding how to improve the performance of existing materials or to design and fabricate new ones, materials science is an inherently interdisciplinary field. It makes use of knowledge drawn from chemistry, engineering and physics (and, increasingly, from the biological and medical sciences), and has widespread practical applications across many sectors, from computing to transport, and from communications to medicine. The department has longstanding research relationships with industrial partners ranging from SME’s and start-ups to multinationals.
The department plays a major role in the MPLS division’s Energy research theme: it has world-leading expertise in the characterisation and modelling of materials for power generation by both fission and fusion, and an increasing focus on the production, characterisation and optimisation of advanced photovoltaic materials and devices. It is at the forefront of research in nanoscience and nanotechnology (with the potential for major advances in fields from electronics to medicine); and in the development of new, quantum-based technologies like advanced sensors and quantum computing. Materials scientists also contribute to other interdisciplinary research initiatives within MPLS, including Biomedicine and Engineering for our Environment.
World class research
requires excellent scientists to be given appropriate time and facilities. Through the Oxford Thinking Campaign, the
department is seeking support for new posts to strengthen its work in key
application areas, including energy and biomaterials, and new infrastructure
and facilities to enhance and integrate its activities in the university