University of Cambridge


The Centre for Science and Policy

Professor David Cardwell

Professor of Superconducting Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor David Cardwell’s research focuses on superconductors. Superconductors are materials which, when cooled, can carry an electrical current without losing energy, unlike standard conductors such as copper wire. At the moment up to 10% of electrical energy is lost in transit before it reaches the user.

Recently, Dr Cardwell and his team has made a breakthrough in the manufacture of high-temperature superconducting materials; this could be used to protect the national grid as well as revolutionise the production of MRI scanners

His current research interests include

  • High temperature superconductivity
  • Processing of bulk superconductors
  • Magnetic properties of bulk superconductors
  • Engineering applications of high temperature superconductors