Winton Symposium on “Materials Discovery”

30 September 2013, 9am


Winton Symposium on “Materials Discovery”

Cavendish Laboratory, 30 September 2013, 09:00 – 18:00

The second Winton Symposium will be held on Monday 30 September 2013 at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. This one-day meeting on "Materials Discovery" will again bring together leading scientists from around the world to explore some of the recent breakthroughs that reveal just how unexpected the physical world turns out to be. Speakers will cover a wide gamut of topics from 'electronics' through to 'life sciences'. This is the part of an annual series of topical meetings as part of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability.


Session I

The opening speaker will be Professor Chris Wise who has designed a number of landmark building projects. This includes the London 2012 Velodrome that has been hailed as a "supreme" example of 21st century engineering, yet its roots can be traced back to the intrinsic elegance of a Stradivarius violin. In his talk he will explore current thoughts on demand reduction, quality assurance and Building Information Modelling, and look for better answers to address the global problem of shrinking resources serving an expanding population.

Session II

As the size of materials is reduced unexpected phenomena can be observed which can lead to many different applications. Professor Andrea Ferrari, Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, will explore the world of ultrathin films and the future of graphene as an emerging technology. This will be followed by Professor Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who is one of the pioneers in the field of nanocrystals. In his talk he will address some of the principles for design of these structures and their applications for catalysis and sensing.

Session III

In the biological world, the building blocks are complex systems, which can be manipulated to form new forms of functional materials. Professor Jason Chin is Programme Leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, at the University of Cambridge. He has developed approaches to control biological systems with molecular, spatial and temporal precision and will discuss how this can be used to produce artificial genetic code. This will be followed by Professor Daniel Fletcher, from University of California, Berkeley who has being studying the mechanics and dynamics of cell movement. His talk will focus on self-organisation of biological structures.

Session IV

This session will have talks from two leading scientists with a background in chemistry. Ben Feringa has been Professor of Organic Chemistry since 1988 at the University of Groningen and has been designing a wide range of materials. In this talk he will cover the breakthroughs he has led in the field of 'molecular motors'. Professor George Whitesides is one of the leading material scientists of his generation and is Professor at Department of Chemistry at Harvard University. His research crosses many disciplines with applications ranging from biology to microelectronics, some of which he will discuss in his talk.

How to register

There is no registration fee for the Symposium and complementary lunch will be provided, however due to the large demand for places, participants are required to register on-line for the event. To register, click here.


The symposium is organised by Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics and Director of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability and Dr Nalin Patel, the Winton Programme Manager.

Professor Sir Richard Friend

Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

Dr Nalin Patel

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge