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Materials Research Network

We work across disciplines to explore the structure and properties of created and natural materials, their history, how we use and feel about them, and how they shape our perception of the world.

We bring together researchers from across Cardiff University with interests in all aspects of materials.

We welcome researchers from all backgrounds with interests spanning:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • computation
  • properties
  • applications
  • history
  • social context.

We explore the structure and properties of created and natural materials, their history, how we use and feel about them, and how they shape our perception of the world.

We study their synthesis, characterisation, properties and applications to better understand existing materials and develop advanced materials for future technologies.


  • Bring together researchers across the University to promote collaboration.
  • Develop new cross-disciplinary research, bridging between the arts, sciences and humanities.
  • Facilitate sharing of equipment and expertise.
  • Promote Cardiff University's expertise in materials and strengthen links with industry, policymakers and other researchers.
  • Engage with the public and other stakeholders to promote materials research and increase public understanding of materials.

Academic staff

Dr Wayne Nishio Ayre

Dr Wayne Nishio Ayre

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials

+44(0) 292 2510 660
Dr Mark Eaton

Dr Mark Eaton

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

+44 (0)29 2087 5793
Dr Jennifer Edwards

Dr Jennifer Edwards

Senior Lecturer in Catalytic and Physical Chemistry and Director of EDI

+44 (0)29 2087 9398
Professor Sam Evans

Professor Sam Evans


+44 (0)29 2087 6876
Dr Bo Hou

Dr Bo Hou

Senior Lecturer
Condensed Matter and Photonics Group

+44 29225 12035
Dr Riccardo Maddalena

Dr Riccardo Maddalena


+44 (0)29 208 76 150
Professor Jean-Yves Maillard

Professor Jean-Yves Maillard

Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology

+44 (0)29 2087 9088
Dr Francesco Masia

Dr Francesco Masia


+44 (0)29 2087 9037
Dr Alison Paul

Dr Alison Paul

Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, School of Chemistry

+44 (0)29 2087 0419
Dr Daniel Zabek

Dr Daniel Zabek

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

+44 (0)29 2251 2267

Associated staff

Past events

Newport & District Materials Society Lecture

Date: 12 November 2019
Time: 18:00
Location: School of Engineering S1.32, CF24 3AA

Dr Ana Neves will give the second lecture of the 2019 NDMS programme. “From Wearables to Concrete: Applications of Graphene and 2D Materials”

Free buffet and networking to follow.


Joint CITER-CMRN workshop - Biomaterials: from bench to bedside

Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019
Time: 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Lecture Theatre, Haydn Ellis Building

The aim of this half-day workshop is to help academics translate their biomaterial technologies into the clinic for patient benefit. The objectives are to:

1. Gain insight into the regulatory pathway of biomaterials
2. Learn about a range of GLP pre-clinical models to demonstrate safety and efficacy of biomaterials
3. Understand the process of developing and registering a clinical trial for a biomaterial
4. Become familiar with funding routes and support to translate biomaterials into the clinic
5. Hear first-hand experiences from academics who have commercialised/translated biomaterials

Registration is essential, please register through eventbrite using the password: CITERCMRN.

Materials Network Conference

Date: 23 – 24 January 2020
Location: St Pierre Hotel, Chepstow

The next Network conference will take place 23 – 24 January 2020 in the St Pierre Hotel, Chepstow. Further details including a call for posters and speakers to be announced.

Newport & District Materials Society President's Lecture

Date: 8 October 2019
Location: School of Engineering S1.32, CF24 3AA

Dr Salvador Eslava (University of Bath) will give first lecture of the year, The President’s Lecture of the NDMS “Engineering Photoelectrode Materials for Solar Fuels”

Free buffet and networking to follow.


Keyence digital microscope demonstration

Date: 2 October 2019
Time: 11:30
Location: Queen’s Building S/0.14

We will be visited in our lab by Benjamin Bryant from Keyence UK Ltd, who will give a demonstration on a digital microscope equipment produced by the company. All interested are welcome. You can bring your own samples to test the system capabilities.

Recent Appointees in Materials Science Conference 2019

Date: 9-10 September 2019
Location: University of Liverpool

The Recent Appointees in Materials Science Conference was held at Cardiff University last year. This year's conference will be held in Liverpool and we highly recommended it for anyone at postdoc or lecturer level working in materials science in Liverpool.

International Workshop on Chemistry and Applications of Organic Chromophores

Date: 3-4 July 2019
Location: School of Chemistry, Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Park Place

The workshop aims to provide an insight into the latest investigations, exchange of knowledge and industrial applications of molecular chromophores and organic materials. The two-day program will showcase invited lectures from leaders in the field of synthesis, characterisation and applications of organic chromophores both from academic and industry sectors.

Research seminar

Date: 2 July 2019
Location: School of Engineering S1.25, CF24 3AA

Dr Iuliia S Elizarova will speak on 'Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics – The Challenge of Multiscale Control'.

Prof Eduardo Saiz, Director of the Centre of Advanced Structural Ceramics, will also attend, so please come along for an interesting talk and discussion and the opportunity to engage with the wider future materials cross-cutting theme at Cardiff University.

Workshop in Multiphysics Mechanics

Date: 26 June 2019
Location: School of Engineering S/1.22, Queen's Buildings, The Parade

This will be the first workshop of the School of Engineering's cross cutting theme - multiphysics mechanics. It will include two keynote speakers, talks from colleagues researching various aspect of multiphysics mechanics, and an opportunity to network.

Materials modelling workshop

Date: 11 June 2019
Location: Main Building, Park Place
Cardiff University members event

This event brought together modellers from different disciplines who use different tools in order to stimulate exchange of ideas about techniques and to promote collaboration.

Modelling topics and techniques covered in the workshop included Finite Element as well as discrete element modelling (DEM), micromechanics, macrocrack propagation, molecular dynamics, quantum dynamics, rheology, and crustal and mantle deformation in the Earth.

The plenary speaker was Catherine O'Sullivan, Professor in the geotechnics section of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College. Her research uses DEM as well as experimental techniques including micro-computed tomography.

A prize for the best poster was generously donated by sponsors Rockfield, awarded to Adam Beall from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Bridging the gap: Materials and materialities

Date: 8 May 2019
Location: National History Museum St Fagans
Cardiff University members event

The event focused on bringing materials science, humanities and social sciences together, with the aim to trigger conversations that could broaden research opportunities and lead to new collaborations.

The interdisciplinary session was organised into the themes of Time, Change and Values, offering participants the opportunity to look at their work from a new viewpoint and bring together contrasting approaches, paradigms and techniques.

The workshop ended with an exclusive private viewing of Gweithdy, a special space celebrating the skills of makers across millennia, looking at how things have been made from wood, clay, stone, metal, plants and textiles.

Cardiff Materials Network inaugural conference

Date: 17-18 January 2019
Location: St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club
Cardiff University members event

This was an opportunity to gather together those of us with an interest in materials from right across Cardiff University. It included researchers with a focus on the use of materials, design and development of materials, and the characterisation, modelling or understanding of materials. It was an opportunity for colleagues to showcase their research, share areas of interest, and find out who has the knowledge, expertise, or equipment to help.

The plenary speaker was Professor David Taylor, Professor of Materials Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, whose research expertise includes bioengineering, forensic engineering and fatigue and fracture of materials and components.

Materials characterisation workshop

Date: 5 December 2018
Main Building, Park Place
Cardiff University members event

Materials characterisation is the broad, general processes we use to probe, interrogate and measure the structure and properties of materials. It is fundamental to our scientific understanding of engineering materials.

The workshop demonstrated how this vast materials characterisation potential is allowing Cardiff University to generate internationally recognised impact in materials research from bulk structural materials to single atom catalysis.

The lectures delivered during the workshop comprised of experimental methods spanning from state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction/spectroscopy to novel microwave engineering and advanced nuclear/electron magnetic spin resonance protocols.

Network launch event

Date: June 2018
FORUM, School of Engineering

This one day event brought together researchers from across the University for a combination of posters, rapid-fire talks, one-to-one networking and informal discussion. Sessions included:

  • materialities and characterisation
  • processing and manufacturing and nanomaterials
  • devices and soft materials
  • structural materials and modelling.

It was a great start to the network events programme which highlighted the breadth of materials research activity across the University and generated lots of discussion for future collaborations as well as suggestions for network events.