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An expanding area of applied science is the study of how the arrangement of atoms and molecules (the basic units of all matter) affects the properties of materials. The aim of research projects is often to produce new or enhanced materials or products. The Cambridge Nanoscience Centre is a multidisciplinary centre with over 300 researchers, whose work paves the way for a new generation of supercomputers and improved medical diagnosis and treatment.


Professor Sir Mark Welland FRS

Nanoscience Centre, Department of Engineering
St. John's College

Profile

Professor Mark Welland is Head of the Nanoscience Group at the Nanoscience Centre, Professor of Nanotechnology at the Department of Engineering and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Ministry of Defence.

Links with India

Professor Welland is a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. He works with Professor Ashok Misra, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT), and acts as an academic focal point in the ongoing research programmes with IIT-Bombay in nanomaterials and nanoelectronics. 

Dr Ashwin Seshia

Nanoscience Centre, Department of Engineering
Queens' College

Profile

Dr Seshia is Lecturer in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, based at the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre.

Links with India

Dr Seshia works with Professor G K Ananthasuresh at IISc Bangalore to develop novel mechanisms to enhance micro-scale precision sensing technology. He also acts as one of the academic focal points of the University of Cambridge's ongoing collaboration with IIT-Bombay in nanoscience research.

Dr R Vasant Kumar

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Profile

Dr Vasant Kumar is a Senior Lecturer in Materials Chemistry. His research is in three areas, namely Energy Devices, Sensors and Recycling.

Links with India

Dr Kumar is Director of a start-up company, Catalysis Hy Sensing specializing in instruments for safety and process control, which is part of Catalysts Group, based in Ghaziabad, Pune and Nagpur, providing solutions in bio-technology, electrochemistry and lifestyle products. Collaboration with Professor K Singh and Professor S Bhoga at the Physics Department in Nagpur University and with Professor S Subramanian in Department of Materials Engineering and Professor S Sampath in Department of Physical & Inorganic Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Professor Lindsay Greer

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Sidney Sussex College

Profile

Professor Greer's interests lie in how materials change their structures. Understanding the mechanisms of these transformations is relevant not only for assessing the stability of materials, but also for developing new microstructures, properties and functionalities.

Links with India

Professor Greer has collaborations with IIT Delhi, Defence Metallurgical Research Labs (DMRL), Hyderabad, and Professor Kamanio Chattopadhyay, IISc Bangalore

Dr Stuart Clarke

University of Cambridge BP Institute
Jesus College

Profile

Dr Clarke is a Senior Lecturer at the BP Institute and the Department of Chemistry. His research addresses the fundamental interactions that determine the structure and dynamics of polymer, colloidal and interfacial systems. Of particular interest is to study what happens at the surfaces between liquids and solids that underpin everyday activities from washing hands to lubricating your car. 

Links with India

Collaboration with Dr Balasubramanian Sundaram at Chemistry & Physics of Materials Unit, JNCASR, Bangalore. 

Professor Tony Cheetham FRS

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

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Prof Cheetham is Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science and works in the general area of Materials Chemistry. His expertise lies in the synthesis of novel phases, their chemical and structural characterization, and the study of their properties. His current research is focused on three main areas: hybrid inorganic-organic framework structures, light conversion materials, and the materials chemistry of technetium oxides. 

Links with India

Collaboration with Professor CNR Rao, JNCASR, Bangalore. Foreign member ofNational Academy of Sciences of India and Honorary Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (INSA). 

Professor Harry Bhadeshia FREng, FRS, FNAE

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Darwin College

Profile

Professor Harry Bhadeshia is the Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy. His research is focused on the development of solid-state phase transformation theory, and its experimental validation, with the aim of inventing new alloys and processes. 
 

Links with India

Distinguished Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; Foreign Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering; collaboration with Tata Steel (Jamshedpur) who sponsor PhD students to conduct research in Cambridge; involvement in Centre of Excellence on Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms at Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, Bengal.