Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Materials



+44 (0)20 7594 6724n.alford




Ms Karen Murphy +44 (0)20 7594 3330




2..05 (in RSM)Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Neil's work on high temperature superconductivity was transferred to industry.  His work on microwave dielectric materials has resulted in the development of ultra low loss alumina resonators and an understanding of the defect chemistry of TiO2 which has allowed the production of very high Q and high dielectric constant materials. This technology has been patented and transferred to industry. His research on low loss microwave dielectrics and functional materials led to the development of the first room temperature, earth’s field MASER (a Microwave laser). 

Selected publications

Continuous-wave room-temperature diamond maser   Jonathan Breeze, Enrico Salvadori, Juna Sathian, Neil Alford and Christopher Kay.  Nature  555, pages 493–496 (22 March 2018) doi:10.1038/nature25970

Enhanced magnetic Purcell effect in room-temperature masers, Breeze J, Tan K-J, Richards B, Sathian J, Oxborrow M, Alford NM , 2015 Nature Communications, Vol: 6 doi:10.1038/ncomms7215 (2015)

Room-temperature cavity quantum electrodynamics with strongly coupled Dicke states, Breeze JD, Salvadori E, Sathian J, Alford NMN, Kay CWM, 2017, NPJ QUANTUM INFORMATION, Vol: 3, ISSN: 2056-6387

Room Temperature Maser Mark Oxborrow, Jonathan Breeze and Neil Alford NATURE, 16 August 2012 DOI 10.1038/nature11339  (2012)

Guest Lectures

“The Hume Rothery Lecture”, Oxford University, Oxford, 2009

Research Staff


Research Student Supervision

Yousefi,M, Zinc Oxide Thin Films