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The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy has a large and vigorous research school, with about 100 research fellows, postdoctoral scientists and visiting scientists, and more than 140 research students studying for the PhD degree. The growth in our research activities over the past twenty years has been almost exponential, with a current research income of more than £4 million per year and a doubling time of about seven years.

Professor Blamire's research within the Device Materials Group is built around the deposition,microfabrication and measurement of thin-film heterostructure devices. In particular they apply novel materials and advanced nanofabrication to create new types of functional device.