Useful Links

The links below will take you to websites that may be useful to you. The list is currently arranged alphabetically by topic, e.g. aerospace, careers, nanotechnology, superconductors.

To link directly with these sites, you will need to be online. Some links will be helpful for student projects and others may be of interest to teachers only. Links may be found in other sites as they, too develop - Happy searching!
Please contact the Schools Liaison Officer if any links appear to be broken or if you would like to suggest other useful links (including Materials related information on your own school sites). As most of the links are outside the control of Oxford University, no responsibility can be accepted for changes in these web sites, nor of any downloads from these sites. It is suggested that you take all sensible antivirus, privacy and firewall precautions before exploring the internet, including the pages linked to below.

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Aerospace

National Research Council of Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace): http://iar-ira.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/main_e.html

Industrial Materials Institute (NRC Canada): http://imi.cnrc-nrc.gc.ca/Pole_de_RetD/secteurs_aerospatiale_e.html

Aluminium and Alloys

Alu Matter (EAA and Matter / Liverpool University): http://aluminium.matter.org.uk/content/html/eng/default.asp?CATID=&PAGEID=1

Naval Research Laboratories (USA): http://cst-www.nrl.navy.mil/lattice/

European Aluminium Association (EAA): http://www.eaa.net/en/education/

Applying to Oxford to study Materials Science

Materials Department: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/

Colleges / courses / online brochure for Materials Science etc.: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/undergraduate/

Admissions email address: undergraduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk  

Contact details for the Oxford University Undergraduate Admissions Office: http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/contact/

UCAS home web site: http://www.ucas.com/

Information for International Applicants: http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/int/
Overseas student finance:  http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/finance/#ove

Financial Information (Oxford) : http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/finance/
Financial Information(DfCSF): http://www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport/index.shtml
Student Finance (DirectGov): http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/index.htm

Archaeological Materials

Materials Science-Based Archaeology - not the easiest site to find links, but try clicking on "Databases" (left hand index), then scroll down to find "Historical Metallurgical Society": Links and articles: http://users.ox.ac.uk/%7Esalter/

B

Batteries and Cells

Battery Info (Good US site, but beware inaccurate terminology): http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/battery.htm

Lead Acid Battery: http://www.batterycouncil.org/LeadAcidBatteries/tabid/54/Default.aspx

Rayovac site: http://www.rayovac.com

Energizer site: http://www.energizer.com/learning/default.asp

BioMaterials

Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/Biomaterials.htm

Biomimetics

- Links to articles about biomimetic materials from the Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies at Bath University.
Smart by nature: http://www.bath.ac.uk/mech-eng/biomimetics/about/smart.html
New Materials for the new age: http://www.bath.ac.uk/mech-eng/biomimetics/about/newmaterial.html

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Careers in Materials

IoM3 career site: http://www.materials-careers.org.uk/

MSE Careers Resource Centre, an American site with some useful information: http://www.crc4mse.org/Index.html

Ceramics

Swedish Ceramics Association: http://www.keram.se/eng/about_ceramics.htm

Industrial Materials Institute (Canadian) - Ceramics processing: http://imi.cnrc-nrc.gc.ca/Pole_de_RetD/materiaux_ceramiques_e.html

Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/ceramics.htm

Composites

Industrial Materials Institute (Canadian) - Composite materials: http://imi.cnrc-nrc.gc.ca/Pole_de_RetD/materiaux_composites_e.html

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Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/Composites.htm

Crystals

Crystal Structures: http://cst-www.nrl.navy.mil/lattice/

D

Dislocations

A Simulation of dislocations in metals: http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/JCEsoft/CCA/CCA2/MAIN/DISCMET/CD2R1.HTM

E

Electron Microscopy

Atomic Force Microscopy: http://nano.mtu.edu/afm.htm

Field Ion Microscopy

    Field Ion Microscopy images : http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/fim/fimgallery.html

    What is a Field Ion Microscope?: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/fim/whatisfim.html

    What is an Atom Probe?: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/fim/whatisap.html

    What is a 3D Atom Probe?: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/fim/whatis3dap.html

    What is a Scanning Atom Probe?: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/fim/whatissap.html

F

Ferrofluid

Education pack, explanations and interesting applications of magnetic fluids: http://www.ferrotec-europe.de/en/htmls/fluid.technology.php

Commercial Site with interesting applications of magnetic fluids: http://www.ferrotec.com/technology/

Liquids Research Limited: http://www.liquidsresearch.com/

Scuddlebutt3 - place to buy ferrofluid (and some other scientific materials) - Experiments and explanations: http://www.scuddlebutt3.co.uk/Ferrofluid.htm

Fullerenes (Bucky Balls and Nanotubes)

Article: http://dheera.net/sci/buckyballs.php

Michigan Tech - Images of nanotubes using an Atomic Force (AF) Microscope: http://www.phy.mtu.edu/yap/

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General / Reference

UKCME Web Site for Schools: http://www.whystudymaterials.ac.uk/

Matter Web Site (Liverpool University): http://www.matter.org.uk/

Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University

    Failure Analysis: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/FailureAnaly.htm

    Materials Characterisation: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/Mat'sChar.htm

    Structure: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/Structure.htm

H

Hard Disk Drives

An article from 2003 about Hard Disk Drive technology: http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~jzhu/publications/newheights.pdf

I

Images

Corus Education Support: http://www.corusgroup.com/en-GB/responsibility/education/picture_gallery/

Cambridge University Materials: http://www.doitpoms.ac.uk/miclib/index.php

Iron and Steel

Corus Education Resource: http://www.coruseducation.com/

Steel University: http://www.steeluniversity.org

UKCME Database summary for iron and Steel: http://www.materials.ac.uk/search/result.asp?look=iron+and+steel&submit=Search&hi=-1&acdb=tres

Steelmaking - excellent site with a pedigree (Matter, Corus, Liverpool Uni and Armourers and brasiers): http://www.matter.org.uk/steelmatter/default.htm

J

Jet Engine

Wikipedia (More engineering than materials): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_engine

Ultra High Temp Materials for Jet Engines (pdf): http://www.mrs.org/s_mrs/sec_subscribe.asp?CID=2986&DID=131688

K

Kevlar

Kevlar Home Page (DuPont) - information and applications of kevlar: http://www.kevlar.com

L

Lattices

Detailed explanation of crystal lattice planes (From DoITPoMS): http://www.doitpoms.ac.uk/tlplib/miller_indices/index.php

M

Materials Science departments

University of Oxford Department of Materials: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk

University of Cambridge Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy: http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/

University of Birmingham Metallurgy and Materials: http://www.eng.bham.ac.uk/metallurgy/

Imperial College, London Department of Materials: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/materials

University of Leeds School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering (SPEME): http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/speme/

University of Liverpool Materials Science and Engineering: http://www.liv.ac.uk/engineering/ug_programmes/materials_science.htm

University of Loughborough Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/iptme/

University of Manchester School of Materials: http://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk//

University of Nottingham School of Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Engineering: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/schoolm3/

Queen Mary, University of London Department of Materials: http://www.materials.qmul.ac.uk/

University of Sheffield Department of Engineering Materials: http://www.shef.ac.uk/materials/

University of Swansea School of Engineering, Materials Engineering: http://www.swan.ac.uk/engineering/Materials/

Napier University, Edinburgh School of Engineering and The Built Environment: http://www.napier.ac.uk/sebe

Other colleges and universities offering courses related to Materials science and Engineering: http://www.iom3.org/content/accredited-courses

Medical Physics

This website supports a teaching pack on Medical Physics, aimed at A-level: http://schools.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/

Metals

History of Metals: http://neon.mems.cmu.edu/cramb/Processing/history.html

Uses of Transition Metals: http://www.sky-web.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Science/TransMetalUses.htm

Nickel Uses and economy: http://www.insg.org/whatnickel.aspx

Industrial Materials Institute (Canadian) - Metals and processing: http://imi.cnrc-nrc.gc.ca/Pole_de_RetD/materiaux_metaux_e.html

Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/Metals&Alloys.htm

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Microscopes

Optical Microscopy Primer: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/index.html

Optical Microscopy Primer (basic intro): http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/anatomy/anatomy.html

Optical Microscopy Primer - Virtual Scanning Electron Microscopy (Good to try before using an on-line microscope): http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/virtual/virtual.html

School Resources from Microscopy-UK (lots of biological images): http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/schools/mainscol.html

Microscopy-uk International Microscopy Gallery: http://www.microscopy-uk.net/

The Virtual Electron Microscope (US school site - V. Good): http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/electronmicroscope

Mining

Information website for the mining, tunnelling and quarrying industries: http://www.mining-technology.com/

N

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology website (Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering) http://www.nanotec.org.uk

IBM Nanoscience Research Group: http://www.research.ibm.com/nanoscience/index1.html

MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies - a different perspective: http://web.mit.edu/isn/

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties - A comprehensive report commissioned by the Royal society and Royal academy of Engineering: http://www.nanotec.org.uk/report/Nano%20report%202004%20fin.pdf

The Basics of Nanotechnology - a good introduction, though now 6 years old and hence out-of-date: http://cpd.conted.ox.ac.uk/nanotechnology/nanobasics/nano/interface.html

Nuclear Industry

European Nuclear Society - A comprehensive Glossary of Nuclear Terms: http://www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia.htm
The above glossary as a downloadable .pdf file: pdf LogoNuclear Glossary March 2008

British Energy - Understanding Nuclear power: http://www.british-energy.com/pagetemplate.php?pid=312

O

Oxford Materials

Department: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/

Research Groups : http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/research/researchgroups.html

School and Applicant Interest: http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/undergraduate/index.htm

Organisations

Professional bodies with Materials Connections.  Courses and Sponsorship as well as projects

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC): http://www.scitech.ac.uk/Home.aspx
including the: Synchrotron Radiation Source at Daresbury in Cheshire; ISIS, Diamond and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and the Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire

Headstart (Courses): http://www.headstart.org.uk/

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining: http://www.iom3.org/

Institute of Physics: http://www.iop.org/

Royal Academy of Engineering: http://www.raeng.org.uk/

Royal Society: http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/

Royal Society of Chemistry: http://www.rsc.org/index.asp

Smallpeice (Courses): http://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/

United Kingdom Centre for Materials Education (UKCME): http://www.materials.ac.uk

P

Polymers

Plastic Resources for Educators (PREP).  A Pennsylvania state University site.  Animations, simulators images regarding plastics and processing: http://www.pct.edu/prep/

Industrial Materials Institute (Canadian) - Polymer processing: http://imi.cnrc-nrc.gc.ca/Pole_de_RetD/materiaux_polymeres_e.html

Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/polymers.htm

Polymer Science Learning Centre Macrogalleria - comprehensive information about polymers: http://www.pslc.ws/macrogcss/maindir.html

Q

Quantum Computing (see also Nanotechnology)

The idea of using nano-sized / molecular computer processors

Introduction and Tutorials - coded for difficulty (some links may need membership, most do not): http://www.quantiki.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Introductory_Tutorials

Fairly advanced - needs Maths: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/quantuminformation/qi/tutorials

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Radioactivity and Radioactive Materials

Information and images about Radioactivityhttp://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/radact.html
Uses of radioactive Materials: http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEC/CC/radio_table.html

S

Science

Schumberger Online Science Center - A General Science Resource site: http://www.seed.slb.com/science_landing.aspx

Search for Materials

UKCME Database - University use, but can be used to find links for school projects too: http://www.materials.ac.uk/search/search.asp

Intute Materials Gateway Database: http://www.intute.ac.uk/sciences/

Semiconductors

Useful Applications, links and images - San Jose State University: http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/WofMatE/Semiconductors.htm

Spray Processing of Materials

Some research projects: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~pgrant/

Superconductors

Excellent summary: http://www.superconductors.org/

T

Teaching and Learning Resources

Cambridge University Materials - excellent site - (Images, Teaching and Learning...): http://www.doitpoms.ac.uk/

Resources website from UK Centre for Materials Education: http://www.whystudymaterials.ac.uk/

UPD8 Teaching Resources - excellent source of up-to-date activities produced by ASE and CSE: http://www.upd8.org.uk/

U

Ultrasonic testing of Materials

An introduction to the Ultrasonic testing of materials: http://www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/Ultrasonics/Introduction/description.htm

Ultrasound

Principles of ultrasound physics: http://www.physics247.com/physics-tutorial/ultrasound-physics.shtml
A page of links to different sources of information on the topic: http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/curric/stage6/phys/medphys.html#ultrasound

V

Viscosity

An overview of the topic: http://hypertextbook.com/physics/matter/viscosity/

W

What is Materials Science?

Article: (Prof. Peter Goodhew: Liverpool): http://www.materials.ac.uk/materials/whatis.asp

Article: (Prof. Adrian Sutton: Oxford): http://www.materials.ac.uk/newsletter/issue3/whatis.asp

X

X-Ray Crystallography

Introduction to the topic: http://www.tulane.edu/~sanelson/eens211/x-ray.htm

X-Ray diffraction techniques (from DoITPoMS): http://www.doitpoms.ac.uk/tlplib/xray-diffraction/index.php

Y

Z

Zeptoliter Beakers

The tiniest beaker in the world?: http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/gateway.taf?g=3&file=/materials/nanozone/news/040715/portal/m040715-3.html