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Materials Engineering

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Materials Engineering


Our work in Materials Engineering is highly interdisciplinary and centres on the development of novel structural and functional materials for a wide range of technological applications. Ongoing research interests encompass advanced materials such as ferroelectrics, polymers, metal-organic frameworks, energy storage materials, nanocomposites, superalloys, and coatings. We establish complex structure-property relationships using state-of-the-art materials characterisation techniques, ranging from atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy and nanoindentation, all the way to synchrotron diffraction, microtomography, and neutron scattering at large-scale facilities.


AM STRENGTH. Dynamic mechanical behaviour of Additively-manufactured alloys. PI: Daniel Eakins

ATOFUN. Atomic Scale Defects: Structure and Function. PI: Felix Hofmann

AWE. Cast uranium fracture studies. PI: Alan Cocks

CARIES. Multi-modal correlative microscopy for understanding the hierarchical structure-function relationships in human dental caries. PI: Alexander Korsunsky

CAVITY. The physics and mechanics of creep cavity nucleation and sintering in energy materials. PI: Alan Cocks

CAVITY. In-situ probing of shock induced cavity collapse. PI: Daniel Eakins

CEMTEC. PI: Clive Siviour

CIPS. Modelling the Intergranular gamma prime. PI: Alexander Korsunsky

ED16. Modelling microstructure evolution, creep deformation and damage development in 316H stainless steel. PI: Alan Cocks

EXMAT. Microstructurally-aware energetic materials modelling. PI: Daniel Eakins

INVISIBLE. Probing the invisible: Characterising atomic-scale point defects with X-rays. PI: Felix Hofmann

LUMIVOCS (Project begins 2021) - Portable Luminescent Sensor for Volatile Organic Compounds. PI: Jin-Chong Tan

MAGNESIUM. On the mechanisms of plastic deformation in magnesium alloys. PI: Daniel Eakins

MHI SINTERING. Life Prediction of Thermal Barrier Coatings (Sintering). PI: Alan Cocks

NEUP. Simultaneous Corrosion/Irradiation Testing in Lead and Lead-Bismuth Eutectic: The Radiation Decelerated Corrosion Hypothesis (RC-3). PI: Felix Hofmann

PCD. Studies of Elastic Precursor Decay in FCC and HCP metals under shock loading. PI: Daniel Eakins

Poly(ML). PI: Clive Siviour

PROMOFS (2018-2023). Nanoengineering and Processing of Metal-Organic Framework Composites for Photonic Sensors. PI: Jin-Chong Tan

REACT. Reactive materials programme. PI: Daniel Eakins

RRC. Residual Stress Measurement on Four Coated Ceramic Discs. PI: Alexander Korsunsky

SUPERSURF. Preparation of Defect Free Material. PI: Felix Hofmann

TIN. Shock response of single-crystal tin. PI: Daniel Eakins.

WELX. Residual stress evaluation will be performed by the FIB-DIC micro-ring-core drilling method (microHD) on the samples containing in-fill welds in the fir tree shank of HP turbine blademade from single crystal superalloy CMSX-4. PI: Alexander Korsunsky