Frances Ross

Ellen Swallow Richards Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
B.A. Hons. Cambridge University (Mathematics Part IA, Natural Sciences Part IB, Physics Part II)
Ph.D. Materials Science and Metallurgy Cambridge University


  • Electrochemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • Self Assembly
  • Semiconductors


Dr. Frances Ross performs research on nanostructures, using transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) to see how nanostructures form in real time, and then to observe how the growth process is affected by changes in temperature, environment, and other variables. Understanding materials at such a basic level has important implications for many applications including semiconductor devices, energy storage, and more.

Professor Hobbs holds an OBE, Order of the British Empire.