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Welcome to the New Students

last modified Oct 01, 2019 10:20 AM

Welcome to George and Jordi who join the group for their PhDs. Both belong to the NanoDTC cohort 2018 and have been in Cambridge for a little while.  

Cate promoted to Professor!

last modified Sep 16, 2019 09:16 AM

Congratulations to Cate, who has been promoted to the role of Professor of Nanomaterials!

Paper of the month - Skyrmions

last modified May 02, 2019 05:17 PM

The latest paper by James, Alison and Paul has been selected as a paper of the month in the Department, congratulations to everyone involved!

Details below, but also check out the video abstract (here) and the explanatory video James prepared (here)!

Department page here - Paper here



Magnetic skyrmions resemble magnetic vortices and arise because of the competing interactions that occur in certain magnetic materials. They were discovered in 2009 and this has prompted an intense research effort as they could be used as magnetic bits for a new type of computer memory, called a racetrack memory. Unlike a conventional hard-drive, a racetrack memory has no moving parts and bits are moved along a wire by an electrical current. Skyrmions are attractive for this application because they can be moved by currents a million times smaller than those required to move ferromagnetic domains.

Skyrmions can be imaged using transmission electron microscopy and appear as white circles when the magnetisation is rotating in one direction and black when it rotates in the other. Recently, images have been published showing magnetic objects that appear half white and half black like the one in the figure. These were identified as a new magnetic object called a biskyrmion which consists of a pair of counter-rotating magnetic vortices.  We searched for biskyrmions using a combination of electron microscopy, x-ray holography and micromagnetic simulations. This showed that there is no evidence that the biskyrmion state exists. The images can be explained as conventional magnetic bubble domains and the counter-rotating vortices result from the magnetic flux density associated with this object, not the magnetisation.

ESTEEM 3 website launched!

last modified Mar 24, 2019 12:44 PM


The University of Cambridge, through the Electron Microscopy group, is a partner in the European project ESTEEM3. See the press release below for more details.

ESTEEM3 – Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy – is an EU funded project for electron microscopy, which aims at providing access to the leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures, facilitating and extending transnational access services of the most powerful atomic scale characterisation techniques in advanced electron microscopy research to a wide range of academic and industrial research communities for the analysis and engineering of novel materials in physical, chemical and biological sciences.

ESTEEM3 objective is to deliver access to users coming from a wider range of disciplines. Transnational Access (TA) to ESTEEM3 centers is obtained through a transparent, simple peer review process based on merit and scientific priorities. Optimum service to users is supported by Networking Activities (NA) and Joint Research Activities (JRA), which address key issues such as specimen preparation, data interpretation, treatment and automation through theory and simulation, and standardisation of protocols and methodologies.

Innovative activities dedicated to the dissemination of expertise, education and training in cutting-edge quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, such as schoolsadvanced workshops and webinars, are offered to the European electron microscopy users from academia, research institutes and industry.

Directed research programs involving the academic and industrial partners of the consortium focus on the further methodology development in imaging and diffraction, spectroscopy, in-situ techniques and metrology, and on advancing applied research of materials related to ICT, energy, health, and transport for the benefit of European scientists and industry. Moreover, the definition of strategic roadmaps and open access data policies aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of the consortium. In all, ESTEEM3 establishes a strategic leadership in electron microscopy to guide future developments and promote electron microscopy to the widest research community at large.

MSM image competiton

last modified Jan 07, 2019 12:16 PM
Congratulations to Giorgio for winning prizes at the MSM image competition!

Congratulations to Giorgio for winning first prizes in both the technical and non-technical categories of the 2019 image competition within the Department!

Technical image: Rubidium crystals in perovskite (SEM SE image, horizontal field of view 300 microns).

SEM SE image, HFOV 300 microns


Non-technical image:


Happy New Year!

last modified Jan 07, 2019 09:58 AM

Happy 2019 to all our EMG (HREM) friends!


(Image courtesy of J Morzy)

Welcome to Amogh

last modified Nov 13, 2018 03:35 PM

Welcome to Amogh Mahadevegowda, who joins us to work on the characterization of Li-ion battery materials.

Duncan submitted his PhD thesis!

last modified Oct 04, 2018 05:28 PM


Congratulations to Duncan, who just submitted his PhD thesis!

Welcome to the new students!

last modified Oct 04, 2018 02:00 PM

Welcome to our three new PhD students, Joonatan Laulainen, Jędrzej Morzy (nanoDTC), and Liam Bird (GrapheneCDT)! 


CamEM Symposium 2018

last modified Oct 02, 2018 04:52 PM

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce that the registration for the CamEM Symposium 2018 is now open at:

The deadline to register is 15 October. Attendance will be limited to 120 with a waiting list if oversubscribed.

Please forward this information and the link to register to any others in Cambridge who might be interested!


About CamEM 2018:

The CamEM Symposium 2018 will be held at the Postdoc Centre at Eddington. All working in electron microscopy and related fields in Cambridge are warmly invited! 

Speakers will include: 

    Dr Iva Ganeva
    Dr Javier Garcia-Nafria
    Dr John Briggs
    Prof. Ben Luisi
    Dr Dima Chirgadze
    Dr Chun-wa Chung
    Dr Karin Muller
    Dr Emilie Ringe
    Prof. Paul Midgley
    Dr Cate Ducati
    Dr Fabien Massabuau

and Prof. Pete Nellist will present the closing keynote.

Attendance at the meeting will include researchers from across the physical and life sciences, engineering and the pharmaceutical industry, representing many departments and institutes across Cambridge. 

To register, please visit:

For additional information and for information on staying in touch, please see: or follow #camEM on twitter. 


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Sean Collins and Chris Russo

New Head!

last modified Sep 28, 2018 06:32 PM

Congratulations to Paul and very best wishes for his new role as Head of Department!

Workshop: Advances in Microscopy for Materials Science

last modified Sep 12, 2018 05:22 PM

Hear about new and upcoming capabilities with the ZEISS Orion Nanofab, Gemini FE-SEM, Crossbeam FIB-SEM and Versa X-Ray Microscopes, now available across the Cambridge University campus.

Join the workshop to learn more about how advances in microscopy are helping to build the future of materials science.

Explore new dimensions with 2D, 3D, and 4D microscopy techniques, now available at Cambridge University
See how light, X-ray, electron, and ion microscopes can be used to connect 8 orders of magnitude in resolution
Discover the possibilities for efficiently correlating between modalities, length scales, and instruments

Date: Wednesday 19th September 2018

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm

Location: University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS

Registration here:

Stefania passed her viva!

last modified Apr 12, 2018 04:54 PM


Congratulations to Stefania Cacovich for passing her PhD viva!

Paper of the month

last modified Apr 05, 2018 05:15 PM

The latest paper by Stefania, Cate and Giorgio has been selected as a paper of the month in the Department, congratulations to everyone involved!

Department page here - Paper here

The bright future of catalysis

last modified Jan 14, 2018 07:19 PM

Read Sir John's comment "The enduring relevance and academic fascination of catalysis" on Nature Catalysis.

New Website Goes Live!

last modified Jan 14, 2018 07:19 PM

We are finally ready to migrate to the new website! More News will follow soon

New website almost ready!

last modified Oct 30, 2017 07:59 PM

We are finalising the content to the website, we should be online soon.

Covid-19 Shutdown

last modified Mar 18, 2020 01:11 PM

We are following University instructions and responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. All group members are encouraged to work from home over the next few weeks. No new experiments will be undertaken "until further notice".

We apologise to all external collaborators for the temporary disruption to our activities.