A major gift from one of the world’s foremost industrial groups will support fundamental and far-reaching research into one of the modern world’s most sustainable and indispensable materials.
Tata Steel has announced the donation to endow a Professorship of Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.
Based in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, the first Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy, inaugurated today, will be Professor Harry Bhadeshia, a world renowned expert on the physical metallurgy of steels.
The endowment recognises the commitment of the Tata Steel Group and the University to world-leading research in the field, particularly in steels, as well as Professor Bhadeshia’s distinguished work in the subject.
Professor Harry Bhadeshia is one of the world’s leading experts on physical metallurgy in general, and on the manipulation of steels in particular. His specific expertise is on how processing steel influences microstructure. Based on deep understanding using experimental observations, he and his group have developed computer programmes for predicting microstructure. His breakthroughs are in the control and design of steel microstructures. Some of the microstructures are so different from the conventional that what results could be regarded as a new material.
A key point is that having predictive power from the computer greatly cuts down on the cost of trial-and-error experiment. Harry talks of steels ‘designed using theory alone’.