Academic Research Interests

The research interests of our academic staff are shown here. Below the diagram, these broad fields are expanded.

Dr Claudio Cazorla

  • Computational materials science
  • Functional oxide materials
  • Fast-ion conductors
  • Quantum crystals
  • High pressure physics
  • Gas-absorbent materials
  • First-principles methods
  • Molecular dynamics

Associate Professor Sammy Lap Ip Chan

  • Nano-materials
  • Metal Matrix Composites
  • Hydrogen Storage Alloys
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Ni-MH Batteries
  • Metal Failure

Professor Alan Crosky

  • Aerospace materials
  • Metal- and polymer- matrix composites
  • Aluminium-lithium alloys
  • Nickel-based superalloys
  • Adhesive bonding
  • Fatigue, creep and failure of metals

Dr John Daniels

  • Actuation mechanisms in electro-ceramic materials
  • Local atomic ordering in electro-mechanical materials
  • Advanced x-ray and neutron diffraction characterisation techniques
  • Structural materials for the nuclear energy industry

Professor Michael Ferry

  • Development of new classes of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs)
  • Processing and properties of BMGs and their composites
  • Thermoplastic macro- and micro-forming of BMGs
  • Production and properties of biocompatible BMG components
  • Recovery/recrystallization mechanisms in deformed single-phase and two-phase alloys
  • Design of multilayered hybrid sheet structures for optimising mechanical properties
  • Development of microstructure and texture in materials by thin-strip casting

Dr Judy Hart

  • Computational materials science
  • Photocatalytic materials
  • Band gap engineering
  • Semiconductor nanostructures

Professor Mark Hoffman

  • Ferroelectric ceramics
  • Fracture and wear of ceramics
  • Thin films
  • Metal foams
  • Fracture and fatigue of metals and polymers
  • Mechanical behaviour of biological tissue
  • Wear of dental enamel

Dr Kris Killian

  • Tissue engineering
  • Mechanochemistry in polymers
  • Self-healing materials
  • Hydrogels
  • Surface chemistry

Dr Rakesh Joshi

  • Graphene and other 2D materials
  • Supercomposites
  • Membranes
  • Water purification and nanofiltration
  • Desiccant materials
  • Semiconductor nanotechnology
  • Chemical vapour deposition
  • Sustainable processing of materials

Dr Kevin Laws

  • Design, development and production of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs)
  • Structure and dynamic principles of amorphous alloys
  • Design, development and production of high entropy alloys (HEAs)
  • Practical and ductile intermetallics
  • Next-generation magnesium alloys
  • Next-generation refractory superalloys

Professor Sean Li

  • Electronic and photonic materials
  • Interfacial engineering and nanotechnology
  • Computational materials science

Dr Damia Mawad

  • Electronic stability of conducting polymers
  • 3D electroactive scaffolds
  • Sutureless conductive patches for cardiac regeneration
  • Conjugated nanoparticles for photo thermal therapy
  • 3D printing of biological scaffolds

Professor Paul Munroe

  • Microstructure property relationships
  • Iron and nickel aluminides
  • Wear resistance coatings
  • Thermal Spray coatings
  • Characterisation of biochars
  • Focused Ion Beam Milling

Emeritus Professor Oleg Ostrovski

  • Thermodynamics of metallic and slag melts
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of pyrometallurgical processes
  • Processes of reduction of iron, manganese, chromium and other metals
  • New technologies for iron-making and ferroalloy-making

Dr Sophie Primig

  • Microstructure-property relationships
  • Thermo-mechanical processing
  • Early stages of precipitation
  • Grain boundary engineering
  • Correlative microscopy
  • Advanced steels
  • Nickel-based alloys
  • Refractory metals

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla

  • Sustainable processing of materials
  • Recycling waste platics and rubber tyres
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous materials processing
  • New Direct Ironmaking technologies
  • Reduction of iron ore
  • New developments in blast furnace ironmaking (Pulverised Coal Injection)
  • Electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking
  • Kinetics of liquid/solid/gas reactions in metallurgical processes
  • Mathematical modelling of metallurgical processes
  • Refractory reactions in metals processing
  • Utilisation of waste materials in metals processing

Dr Jan Seidel

  • Advanced scanning probe microscopy
  • Nanomaterials and material interfaces
  • Semiconducting oxides
  • Magnetic and ferroelectric materials
  • Photovoltaic materials
  • Electrochromic materials
  • Advanced X-ray spectroscopy and imaging (synchrotron)
  • Neutron reflectometry

Professor Chris Sorrell

  • Phase equilibria of ceramic systems
  • Non-oxide ceramic processing and properties
  • High-temperature superconductors
  • Powder processing, densification, and crystal growth of ceramics
  • Glass and glass-ceramics
  • Ceramic-matrix composites
  • Microwave processing of ceramics
  • Gemstones
  • Electrophoresis of ceramics
  • Cements and concrete
  • Photocatalytic titania for water splitting

Dr Owen Standard

  • Modelling of densification and grain growth
  • Processes in ceramics
  • Microstructure-property relationships in ceramics
  • Zirconia ceramics
  • Nanocomposites
  • Piezoelectric ceramics
  • Bioceramics

Professor Nagarajan Valanoor

  • Ultra-thin (sub-10nm) films of polar oxides
  • Ferroelectrics and multiferroics
  • Thin film epitaxy
  • Functional Scanned Probe Microscopy

Dr Danyang Wang

  • Thin film technology and physics
  • Lead-free piezoelectric materials
  • Feerroelectric materials for electronic, photonic and photovoltaic applications
  • Self-assembly of oxide nanostructures

Professor Tom Wu

  • Hybrid organic-inorganic materials
  • Transition-metal oxides
  • Optoelectronics and photovoltaic materials
  • Nanomaterials and nanoelectronics
  • Magnetic materials and spintronics
  • Sensors and non-volatile memory
  • Field effect and phase control

Dr Runyu Yang

  • Packing and compaction of powder
  • Numerical modelling of multi-phase flow
  • CFD-DEM simulation of fine powder dispersion
  • Multi-scale modelling of grinding process
  • Parallel computation

Dr Jiabao Yi

  • Spintronics and oxide electronics materials
  • 2D materials
  • Soft and hard magnetic materials
  • Magnetic materials for bio-applications
  • X-ray based synchrotron techniques (XAS, XMCD, X-ray diffraction)
  • Neutron scattering and polarised neutron reflectometry
  • Moun spin relaxation and positron annihilation spectroscopy

Emeritus Professor David Young

  • Materials degradation at high temperatures
  • Reaction of metals with liquid and gases at high temperatures
  • Diffusional processes in high-temperature metals oxidation
  • Carburisation and sulfidation reactions
  • Coatings and alloys for high-temperature service
  • Corrosion of glass and ceramics
  • Dealloying reactions
  • Water vapour effects in the oxidation of heat resisting alloys

Jianqiang Zhang

  • Materials degradation at high temperatures in gas atmospheres
  • High temperature materials development
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of gas-solid reactions
  • Oxidation and carburisation of metals at high temperatures
  • Nano-coating for high-temperature application
  • Flouride-free mould flux for steel continuous casting
  • New ironmaking and steelmaking technologies