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….

Plastics or Polymers?

I’ve just read an article on the BBC website as part of their “vocabularist” column on the origin and development of different words: BBC – The Vocabularist: When plastics stopped being plastic It deals with the interesting evolution of the the word “plastic” and how, even though the first plastics were invented in the middle…

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…

Life of a postgrad research student

Hello! Welcome to my blog posts, I’m Richard Dawidek, a first year postgraduate researcher in the Sheffield Centre for Advanced Magnetic Materials and Devices (SCAMMD). I may be new to the postgraduate side of life in the department but when it comes to Sheffield University I’m a bit of an old hand, having done my undergraduate degree here. With…