The School of the Physical Sciences is one of six Schools making up the academic work of the University. It covers Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Mathematics and Physics. The School’s aim is to contribute to our understanding of the physical world through excellence in observational, theoretical and experimental science and to extend quantitative, qualitative and combined methodologies to address problems in the fields of biology, technology, medicine, social science and the humanities. In pursuit of these goals, the School coordinates objectives in research, teaching, and infrastructure.

Find out more about the School of the Physical Sciences at http://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/.

### Sub-communities within this community

• #### Cambridge eScience Centre (CeSC)

Part of the Centre for Scientific Computing; aims to coordinate and maintain CamGrid, to enable new scientific advances by using novel computing paradigms, and to develop new generic Grid-based tools
• #### Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)

Carries out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics

• #### Department of Earth Sciences

Research across the whole spectrum of the Earth Sciences, including the areas of Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mineral Sciences, Petrology, Palaeontology, Vulcanism, Marine Sciences, and Palaeoceanography

• #### Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Includes research in the field of biomedical materials, in parallel with historically strong activities in the development of structural materials and processes, and of device materials

### Recent Submissions

• #### Trap Healing for High-Performance Low-Voltage Polymer Transistors and Solution-Based Analog Amplifiers on Foil ﻿

(Wiley, 2017-01-01)
Solution-processed semiconductors such as conjugated polymers have great potential in large-area electronics. While extremely appealing due to their low-temperature and high-throughput deposition methods, their integration ...
• #### Diversity and abundance of microbial eukaryotes in stream sediments from Svalbard ﻿

(Springer, 2017-03-31)
Microbial eukaryotes are increasingly being recognised for their role in global biogeochemical cycles, yet very few studies have focussed on their distribution in high-latitude stream sediments, an important habitat which ...
• #### Quantum Monte Carlo study of the energetics of the rutile, anatase, brookite, and columbite TiO$_{2}$ polymorphs ﻿

(American Physical Society, 2017-03-15)
The relative energies of the low-pressure rutile, anatase, and brookite polymorphs and the high-pressure columbite polymorph of TiO$_{2}$ have been calculated as a function of temperature using the diffusion quantum Monte ...
• #### Swimming with a cage: low-Reynolds-number locomotion inside a droplet ﻿

(Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017-05-07)
Inspired by recent experiments using synthetic microswimmers to manipulate droplets, we investigate the low-Reynolds-number locomotion of a model swimmer (a spherical squirmer) encapsulated inside a droplet of a comparable ...