WordfromtheMissing_JamesClar.focus-none.width-500I’m part of the team that put on the exhibition Victorians Decoded celebrating the 150th anniversary  of the Transatlantic Cable. It is at the Guildhall Gallery in London. FREE until 22nd Jan 2017.


Best Science BookStuff Matters voted one of the 50 best science books by Geek Wrapped



Cambridge-prizeVery chuffed to receive the International Materials Education Symposium’s inaugural award for outstanding contributions to Materials Education.


chef-vs-scientistMy BBC TV show Chef vs. Science features a cooking contest between me and chef Marcus Wearing to investigate the materials science of food. Watch it  here.


pic_mark-640x480I am part of major 5 year £5M project funded by the EPSRC to undertake research into creating self-healing cities. The job of my research team is to handle materials aspects of the project. Read more here.


-2Explore the science, history, industrial and cultural significance of steel in my FREE online course. More than 13,000 people from 139 countries have taken the course. It requires no previous background in science and engineering.  Find out more here.

Very honoured to receive a Prize from the American AssociaCbQXFDSWAAAYvEz.jpg-smalltion for  the Advancement of Science for “Enthusiastic and successful commitment to public engagement, igniting a sense of wonder about the world by unveiling the interplay between science, engineering and society.” (Feb 2016)

1-s2.0-S0264127515306985-gr6My latest paper Fabrication of bespoke nasal septal scaffolds, a collaboration led by Mohan Edirisinghe and Richard Thorogate. Work carried out by our joint PhD student Hashim, who is has now post-doc at Cardiff Unviersity. (Feb 2016)

9781472592668I contributed a chapter to the book The Social Life of Materials My chapter discusses the importance of materials libraries as translation tools to enable materials scientists to talk to other disciplines and avoid becoming siloed.  (Jan 2016)


Fig-1My article on The Future of Materials is published in the MRS Bulletin. The paper discusses how materials scientists might go about addressing the needs and desires of society in the next 50 years. (Dec 2015).

p01hdzcc The BBC repeat my How It Works TV series on UK TV. This is a series of three 1 hour programmes on the history, science and engineering of materials. The episodes are named METAL, PLASTIC, & CERAMIC. (Nov 2015). It is available as DVD called Secret Life of Materials here.

a202d496-80c5-4b64-90ad-c7a7522edfa5-2060x1236My column in the Observer Newspaper – Soft Robots for Hospitals (Oct 2015)


italian-stuffLaunched the Italian Version of my book Stuff Matters at the Genova Science Festval (Oct 2015).


Featured on BBC Radio 4′s Start The Week (Oct 2015).

Very honoured to be awarded the US National Academies 2015 Communication Award for my book Stuff Matters (Oct 2015).

Bill Gates wrote a blog about my book Stuff Matters, read his review here.

My column in the Observer Newspaper – How laboratory-grown organs will transform our lives (July 2015)

My tv series Everyday Miracles: The Genius Of Sofas, Stockings And Scanners – repeated on BBC4 – its available on iPlayer (UK only) until end of June 2015.

My column in the Observer Newspaper – Wood 2.0 – a very modern material (June 2015)

The latest paper from my research group – on designing materials experiences Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences.

Our Institute of Making 2nd Year Report is OUT! Download here.

My column in the Observer Newspaper – Steel – it is the material we are most intimately acquitted – after all we put it in our mouths every day (May 2015)

In May I’ll be giving a sensoaesthetic materials workshop at the Kunsthochschule in Berlin; giving public talks at Swansea University, and Exeter University; chairing a session in the Royal Society Meeting for Bioinspired Engineering; and appearing at Hay Literary Festival to talk about my book Stuff Matters.

DVD of my TV series about Materials Science & Engineering now available here.

My latest column in the Observer Newspaper – Chocolate is as sophisticated as wine in igniting senses & giving pleasure (April 2015)

The latest paper from my research group, a collaboration with the Stramer Lab – on understanding the role of mechanical forces in biological systems Inter-Cellular Forces Orchestrate Contact Inhibition of Locomotion.

My latest column in the Observer Newspaper – Future Fabric (March 2015)

In March I’ll be at Ecobuild, the Institute of Making Open Day, the Big Bang Fair, and Bath University.

My latest column in the Observer Newspaper – How Glass invented modern physics, chemistry, biology and much more. (Feb 2015)

My tv series Everyday Miracles: The Genius Of Sofas, Stockings And Scanners – repeated on BBC4 – its available on iPlayer (UK only) until end of January 2015.

My first column of 2015 – Concrete: solid, dependable, obstinate – and self-healing

Stuff Matters announced as the Physics World Book of the Year 2014

Stuff Matters wins the Royal Society Winton Prize.

Our latest research paper on using 3D printing to print biological material.

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

I’ve begun writing a column for the The Observer newspaper on Materials.

My latest TV series about materials engineering.
BBC FOUR, Aug 21st 2014

Our research paper on the taste of materials.

My report for BBC Newsnight on self-healing materials and circular economy.
BBC TWO, July 2014