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Materials Science

We typically seek to admit 7 students in Materials Science each year.

Many people ask the question, "What is Materials Science?". One could argue that it is the science that has had most direct relevance to the development of human civilisation. Its importance has even led to the naming of historical eras after materials, for example stone age, bronze age and iron age. Future historians may come to regard our current time as being the silicon age! Materials Science brings together mathematics, physics, chemistry and increasingly biology in the study of a wide variety of materials and how they can be used. Further discussion can be found here or go to the Department of Materials website at for further information and admissions information.

Corpus Christi usually admits seven undergraduate students per year into Materials Science. In addition there are a number of graduate students usually studying for Doctor of Philosophy degrees.   From October 2017 we will have two Tutorial Fellows, Prof Pete Nellist and Prof David Armstrong.  In addition, we have Prof Nicole Grobert as a Research Fellow, Dr Jennifer LeRoy as a Junior Research Fellow and Dr Juan Lozano as Lecturer in Materials.  The senior team can be seen in the photograph along with a picture of the entire Corpus Materials Family (all students and fellows) at the bottom of the page.

Prof Nellist is an expert in the atomic resolution microscopy of materials. The image shown here shows the atomic arrangement at a defect in a crystal of GaN. The relatively recent development of nitride semiconductors have allowed a range of new devices, including the white light emitting diodes used in bicycle lights. Prof Grobert is an expert in the synthesis, characterisation and processing of nanomaterials. Nanomaterials have many unusual properties and are of great interest for use in a large variety of future technological applications.  Dr LeRoy is developing new devices based on the properties of single molecules.


The Materials senior team (from l - r) Dr Juan Lozano,Prof Nicole Grobert, Prof Pete Nellist and Dr Jennifer LeRoy

Corpus Christi is a small College, creating a relatively close-knit community. We generally find that students in different years get to know each other well, and can pass on advice and support when needed. Corpus Materials Scientists tend to make their mark in the wider university scene, either through sporting achievements, by taking on positions of responsibility in clubs and societies, or by sitting on committees in the department representing student views.

In Materials Science, much of the teaching is performed in the department. Small group tutorials, however, are College based. Corpus Christi works together with Mansfield College and The Queen's College to provide tutorial teaching. Thus you may receive tutorials from the Corpus fellows, or from the Mansfield and Queens Tutors: Dr Marina Galana, Dr Jason Smith and Dr Keyna O'Reilly. This arrangement allows the tutors to teach more specifically to their areas of expertise. Occasionally teaching is performed as a class involving students from all three colleges, and through this the students at the three College get to know each other well.

Graduates go on to successful careers in fields such as industry, academia and consultancy. More about this can be found on the departmental website:

The Materials 'family' 2017

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