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Research Group: Engineering Materials

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Head of Group:  Professor Philippa Reed The principal goal of our research activities is to develop fundamental understanding of the physical processes and interactive mechanisms in materials that affect the performance of engineering systems. This understanding and knowledge is then transferred into engineering technologies through enhanced materials performance and improved designs.

Group Overview

Our researchers conduct research across a wide range of engineering materials and their applications in:

  • aerospace and automotive sectors
  • energy systems
  • electronic and biomedical devices
  • microsystems

Please see our research strengths for more detail

Our research activities are further stimulated by multidisciplinary collaborations with other research groups in Engineering and the Environment, and with many other research groups across the University. This provides an excellent forum for training high-calibre research students. It also strengthens our educational mission and provides undergraduates with an ideal environment for project work.

The Group comprises 15 academics, seven research fellows and 33 research students. Our staff occupy influential positions on international and national research committees, hold fellowships with the Institute of Materials, Mining and Mineralogy, have been elected to the Peer Review College of EPSRC and occupy editorial positions on leading international research journals, including Principal Editor of Materials Letters and Editor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Contact us

Engineering Sciences Unit

Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ


Senior Administrative Officer: Sue Berger
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2871


Administrative Officer: Katherine Day
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2841


Administrative Officer: Gwyneth Skiller
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5568



Major facilities used within the Engineering Materials research group include:

The group is well-equipped with characterisation tools, including a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope, field emission gun scanning electron microscope, a He ion microscope, access to an AFM, extensive electrochemical facilities and a major new X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner centre at μ-VIS.

Postgraduate opportunities

Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Ahmad Fuad Ab GhaniPostgraduate research student
Mithila Achintha Lecturer in Structural Engineering
Trevor AllenPostgraduate Research Student in Engineering Materials
Ahmed Sattar Jabbar Al-ZubaydiPostgraduate research student
Bogdan Alexandru BalanPostgraduate Research Student
Janice M BartonProfessor of Experimental Mechanics
Dmitry BavykinAssociate Professor Energy Technology
Atul BhaskarSenior Lecturer Computational Engineering and Design Group
Gregor BorstnarPostgraduate research student
Luke BoydenResearch student
Martin BrowneHead of Bioengineering Science research group
Mauro CallistiResearch Fellow
Alan Richard ChambersAssociate Professor
Ying ChenResearch student
Xiaoyu ChengVisiting Postgraduate Research Student
Srisit ChianrabutraPostgraduate research student
Jennifer CrumpPostgraduate research student
Duncan CrumpConsulting Engineer (RIfI)
Lefteris DanosVisiting research fellow
Agnieszka S. DzielendziakPostgraduate research student
Junqing FanPostgraduate research student
Liping FangPostgraduate research student
Hans FangohrProfessor of Computational Modelling
Richard K FruehmannResearch Fellow
Khong Wui GanAcademic staff at USMC
Nong GaoLecturer
Jianliang GaoResearch Fellow
Serafina Consuelo GarceaPostgraduate research student
Robert GowersPostgraduate research student
Dmitry GrinevResearch Fellow
Yang HePostgraduate research student
Binyan HePostgraduate research student
Nan HuPostgraduate research student
Yi HuangSenior Research Fellow
Khaled Salman HusainResearch student
Rong JiangResearch Fellow in the Engineering Materials Research Group
Liudi JiangProfessor of Materials and Electromechanical Systems
Samuel KeyesResearch student
Denis KramerLecturer
Terence G LangdonProfessor of Materials Science
Piotr LaszczakPostgraduate research student
Adam P LewisPost-Doctoral Research Fellow
Zongqi LiResearch student
Tom MarkvartProfessor of Energy Conversion
Mark Noel MavrogordatoResearch Fellow
Michael McGrathResearch Fellow
Brian G MellorAssociate Professor
Hannah MortonPhD Researcher
Neil S O'BrienResearch Fellow in X-Ray Image Reconstruction
Intan Sharhida OthmanResearch student
Lin PanPostgraduate research student
Fabrice PierronProfessor of Solid Mechanics
Carlos Ponce de León AlbarránSenior Lecturer, Energy Technology Group
Vishagen RamasamyEngineering doctorate Researcher with the AFM research group
Katy RankinPostgraduate research student
Philippa A.S ReedProfessor of Structural Materials
Andrew RobinsonExperimental Officer and Specialist in Materials and Structures
Anna ScottResearch Fellow
Natalie Shearwood-PorterResearch student
R Ajit ShenoiDirector, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
Ian SinclairProfessor of Materials Engineering
Katherine SoadyResearch student
S Mark SpearingPro Vice Chancellor, International
Marco J StarinkProfessor of Materials Engineering
Nicola SymondsOperations Director
Jinghua TangPostgraduate research student
Ole Thybo ThomsenProfessor of Structures and Materials
Nicholas UdellResearch student
Mohammad VaeziResearch student with the Engineering Materials research group
Frank C WalshProfessor of Electrochemical Engineering, Research Institute for Industry
ChuanTing WangPhD
Shuncai WangLecturer
Arthur F WilloughbyEmeritus Professor
Christopher John WoodsKTP Associate
Shoufeng YangAssociate Professor
Chao YouPostgraduate research student
Nianxian ZhangPostgraduate research student
Shufeng ZhangResearch student
Xunli ZhangReader, Bioengineering Group
Alexandr ZhilyaevSenior Research Fellow
Le ZhongResearch student

Related Projects

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Natural products as marine antifoulantsActive
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Development of automated condition monitoring using AI tools - DormantDormant
Structure-Performance relationship in organic electronic devices - DormantDormant
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Aerospace composite materials damage assessment by High Resolution Computed TomographyActive
X-ray Computed Tomography and image-based modelling of plant roots and nutrient uptakeActive
Effect of surface defects on rolling contact fatigue of wheel/rail steelsActive
MEMS components formed from nanostructural metals - DormantDormant
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Microfluidic devices for structural health monitoring and integrity - DormantDormant
Analysis of adhesively-bonded composite jointsActive
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Evaluating homogeneity in AZ91 magnesium alloy processed by high-pressure torsion and equal-channel angular pressingActive
Short crack growth and propagation in steels under creep-fatigue cyclingActive
Applications of artificial neural networks (ANNs) in materials property correlations explorationActive
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Tribological behaviour of ultrafine-grained alloys formed by severe plastic deformationActive
3D Imaging Of The Tensile Failure Mechanisms Of Carbon Fibre CompositesActive
Towards insitu monitoring of tapestry degradation using strain based optical techniquesActive
Teardrop cracking: mechanism and design criteriaActive
Lubricant nanoadditivesActive
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SPD processing of various metallic alloysActive
Microstructure, Microtexture and Properties of Ultrafine-Grained Metals and Alloys Processes by Severe Plastic DeformationActive
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In-situ characterization of microstructure and fatigue performance of Al-Si piston alloysActive
Analysis of a Composite Materials using Multi-Scale Computed Tomography TechniquesActive
Smart surface: nanoactuators for advanced tribological applicationsActive
Development of an improved fatigue model for composite materialsActive
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High efficiency low-cost photosensitised crystalline silicon solar cellsActive
Processing of nanostructured titanium for use in medical implants - DormantDormant
Processing of a two phase alloy by severe plastic deformationActive
Finite element modelling of fatigue crack growth in multi-layered systems under large scale yielding conditionsActive
Development of novel high strain rate testsActive
Early crack initiation processes in steel arc weldsActive
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Nanoscale strengthening and deformation of Al-based alloysActive
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Micromechanistic analysis of damage evolution in aerospace and automotive materials - DormantDormant
Carbon Nano Tube (CNT) Composite Surfaces for Electrical Contact InterfacesActive
Microstructure and precipitation in Al-V-N microalloyed steelsActive
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Nanoadditives for hydrogen technology lubrication Impact of Lubricant Nanoadditives on Hydrogen TribologyActive
Sensor actuated smart interfaces incorporating bio-hybrid materials (biofilm sensing)Active
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