New Centre for Energy Materials Research officially launched
10 May 2023
A new state-of-the-art facility, the Centre for Energy Materials Research (CEMR), was officially launched yesterday by the University of Oxford’s Department of Materials. This will provide world-class capabilities to support the development of the next-generation materials urgently required to address the climate crisis.
Discovery of new nanowire assembly process could enable more powerful computer chips
29 September 2022
Functional materials Medical science Research
Researchers from Oxford University’s Department of Materials have developed a technique to precisely manipulate and place nanowires with sub-micron accuracy. This discovery could accelerate the development of even smaller and more powerful computer chips.
Solar is the cheapest power, and a literal light-bulb moment showed us we can cut costs and emissions even further
1 August 2022
Energy Functional materials Materials science Research The Conversation
In an article first published on the Conversation, Matthew Wright (Department of Materials), together with colleagues Bruno Vicari Stefani from CSIRO and Brett Hallam from UNSW Sydney, explain how rethinking the type of silicon used in solar cells could make them much more efficient.
Researchers develop world's first ultra-fast photonic computing processor, using polarisation
16 June 2022
Computer science Functional materials Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Research
The innovative technique, developed in the Department of Materials, uses multiple polarisation channels to carry out parallel processing – enhancing computing density by several orders over conventional electronic chips.
University launches new cross-sector sustainable energy transition hub with energy crisis forum
27 May 2022
Business and Industry Climate Engineering Functional materials Innovation and Enterprise Materials science Research Sustainability & the environment
On Thursday 26 May, the University’s brand new £3.25m Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute and Energy Systems Accelerator pilot (Mini-TESA), led from MPLS Division, opened their doors to showcase the range and depth of ambition in Oxford to drive forward the energy systems transition for the UK and globally.
Professor Edmund Tarleton awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship
24 March 2022
Award Engineering Functional materials Materials science
‘Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production’ (STEP) aims to deliver a prototype fusion reactor with the potential to provide unlimited clean energy.
Researchers develop the world's first power-free frequency tuner using nanomaterials
21 March 2022
Functional materials Materials science Research
Phase-change nanowires could serve as the ultimate tunable frequency synthesizers and filters for the future of IoT and 5G networks.
New adaptable smart window coating could help heat or cool a home and save energy
8 February 2022
Energy Functional materials Materials science Research
Researchers at the University of Oxford have collaborated with industry experts to develop an adaptable smart window technology that could reduce the energy usage of an average home by up to a third.