Cement – what is it?

On average each person on the planet consumes more cement each day than food. Whether we like it or not cement has been the material of choice for building the modern world. Undergraduate student Max is studying Materials Science and Engineering (Research). Follow his blog as he studies the material cement as part of his research project….

The phone rings and I am told: “The tonsils have arrived”

The phone rings and I am told: “The tonsils have arrived” Sometimes it’s easy to forget how some of the conversations I have on a daily basis are weird and wonderful to those unfamiliar with the inner workings of a research lab. Recently, when showing a prospective Biomaterials undergraduate around my lab, I saw the…

If only materials research was a bit more like Star Wars…

Hello all, It’s been a while since my last blog post and I naturally have progress on my project! It’s exciting to have my system ready to go and I’ve started to get a few results through. Nothing concrete yet but it’s behaving a bit like I was expecting! I’m going to spend a bit…

The Future according to Miodownik

On Tuesday 1 December we were lucky enough to be able to welcome Prof Mark Miodownik of UCL to Sheffield, to give the annual Hatfield lecture (a public lecture on Materials; we regularly get towards 500 people coming, which I’m sure has nothing to do with the free buffet and wine afterwards…). Mark gave his…

Joining the Department; Undergraduate Admissions

Hello, I’m Russell Goodall, one of the Department’s academics. My research is focussed on new alloys and their properties, especially metal foams and sponges, and silver and precious metal alloys. I’ve been in Sheffield for almost 8 years now, but I can still remember when I first arrived, and how quickly I felt at home….