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Driscoll Research Group


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I am Professor of Materials Science in Cambridge and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies.  I am a Visiting Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. I was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, APL Materials, from the American Institute of Physics and served until 2023. I am a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, IOM3, and IOP, Women Engineers Society and the American academy of Arts and Sciences.

My group's research is concerned with the nanoscale design and tuning of functional oxide thin film materials for energy efficient electronic applications. Our particular focus is oxide thin films owing to their wide range of functionalities and their stability. However, their compositions tend to be complex, defects are prevalent, and interface effects play a strong role. Also, for many applications device structural dimensions are required down to nanometre length-scales. Together, all these factors produce exciting challenges for the materials scientist.

We collaborate with several groups, including those in Cambridge and others around the world. We also work with industries in the UK and across the world.

Honours and Awards

Prof. Driscoll outside the Wren Library in Trinity College  

Prof. Driscoll outside the Wren Library in Trinity College

Prof. Driscoll was delighted to initiate, and organise with her excellent female academic collaborators and students, the first conference in Cambridge’s long history celebrating women in electronic materials, Femincam, hosted nearly 100 early career women in Cambridge to meet, give presentations and discuss challenges they may be facing in their careers. The joint report on the outcomes of the meeting will be uploaded soon. We hope to host this meeting on an annual basis. If anyone would like to help organise it, please contact Prof. Driscoll.

Women in Science

Prof. Driscoll mentors several younger female researchers in science. In a minority situation, and often in a very competitive situations, she understands the great need for mentors and friends. If anyone (wherever you are!) has any concerns or queries about their position or career path or anything, she is always happy to chat. The best way to contact her is to email her at: and with subject header, “women in science”, She will not be not acting in any formal capacity or on behalf of any organisation. 

Further Information

Click here for information on publications of Prof. Driscoll, her group and collaborators.


Latest news

Congratulations to Dr Silva for Award for the Impact of Scientific Research

23 February 2024

23/2/24- We are very pleased to congratulate our close collaborator, Jose Silva, from Univ. Minho, Portugal, on a recognition Award for the Impact of Scientific Research, which distinguishes him for the quality, volume and national and international recognition of scientific production he has carried out in the School of...

Prof. Driscoll present at IWAM 2024

22 February 2024

18-22 Feb 2024 - Judith was pleased to present the group’s work at the IWAM 2024 (18-22 Feb 2024) conference, , in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, on neuromorphic oxides. She served on the board of IWAM and helps produce a very well attended meeting, supporting energy materials research in the...

Neuromorphic workshop at Trinity College

5 February 2024

We were happy to host a Neuromorphic workshop at Trinity College, Cambridge. Our invited speakers, Prof. Bilge Yidiz and Prof. Adnan Mehonic gave excellent talks on their latest research.

Grant awarded EPSRC-NSF in collaboration with Oxford University and Buffalo University on X-ray detectors

3 February 2024

Judith was pleased to have an online kick-off meeting on her new joint EPSRC-NSF grant on BiOI X-ray detectors. Robert Hoye (Oxford), Quanxi Jia and Wanyi Nie (Buffalo) were on a zoom call with her to discuss our first steps.

Spin out company NanoPrint first prototype

2 February 2024

The spinout company from our group (current and past members, Thomas Sun and Robert Hoye), NanoPrint, is moving fast along with its first prototype machine nearly built. We are grateful to Maxwell for allowing us to start up there. We are also grateful for the networking opportunities with other start-ups in Maxwell.

Goodbye Erik!

31 January 2024

The group wishes farewell to Erik, who has been with the group and wider DMG for over 2 years! Erik has been incredibly helpful to all group members, you will be missed!

PhD Muirean de h-Ora visits Tyndall National Institute as part of ASCENT+ programme

26 January 2024

PhD Muirean de h-Ora has visited the Tyndall National Institute hosted by Dr Lynette Keeney. As part of ASCENT+ programme, they conducted magnetoelectric coupling with piezo force experiment on VAN films. See below for more information about this programme, or find more information on this multidisciplinary and...

Driscoll group presents at IOP Memristor 2024 Conference

26 January 2024

Members of the Driscoll attended the IOP Memristor 2024 conference. Dr Hellenbrand presented his work on Resistive Switching Nanocomposites and Prof. Driscoll gave a talk on Materials Challenges for Oxide Memristors. Thank you to the organisation and all speakers for the excellent event and great discussions.