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Research Group: national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

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The national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) started as a successful bid to the Science and Innovation Awards 2007 (£9.7M initial funding). nCATS mission is to bridge the gap between fundamental research and industrial needs and to solve emerging engineering issues related to friction, wear and lubrication. nCATS provides highly individualized multidisciplinary training reflecting actual market needs, which, together with scientific excellence, will generate an open-mind generation of engineers able to harvest multidisciplinary knowledge and successfully face technological challenges of 21st century.

Group Overview

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Head of Group: Dr Tomas Polcar

Deputy Head of Group: Dr. Ling Wang

Tribology is the essential science of all interacting surfaces in relative motion. It is immensely important to the successful operation of engineered machines and natural mechanisms of all scales, and demands multifunctional surfaces. It is core to future transport and energy-efficient machines, the control of emissions and low-maintenance renewable energy systems, and to biotechnology.

nCATS is a multidisciplinary tribology centre. We aspire to research and solve next-generation tribological design issues and enable surface interactions to occur with minimal energy loss and impact on the environment. We link world-class research groups in key disciplines at the University of Southampton to develop enhanced capabilities in advanced computational and experimental tribology. We have also established strategic research partnerships with top groups worldwide.

We provide the next generation of underpinning technology in mechanical engineering, microsystems, and biomedical engineering by developing strategic research partnerships with industry. We increase the understanding of tribological processes at all scales and apply this to improve surface life.

Our research includes developing sensors and novel probes for tribological processes, the tribology of renewable energy systems, manipulating complex microbial communities at interfaces linked to tribological issues of fouling, friction and corrosion, and the use of advanced techniques to understand biotribological performance at the interface of artificial material and live tissue. We develop novel self-repairing, adaptive, regenerative multifunctional surfaces for smart applications.

 

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: Fiona Haigh
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7082
Administrative Officer: Gwyneth Skiller
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5568

Email: engsci@soton.ac.uk

Facilities

nCATS has access to the surface engineering and tribology facilities for measurement and analysis at both the University of Southampton and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), in the areas of:

Postgraduate opportunities

Postgraduate Taught

MSc Surface Engineering and Coatings (Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science)

Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Russ AlbertsVisiting Research Fellow
Jahnabi BasumataryPostgraduate research student
David BossensPostgraduate research student
Mauro CallistiResearch Fellow
William ChongAssistant Professor
Richard CookPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Ilaria CorniPost Doctoral Research Fellow
Simon DenningtonResearch Fellow
Stefania FabbriPostgraduate research student
Liam R GoodesVisiting Research Fellow
Daniel GropperPostgraduate research student
Terry J HarveySenior Research Fellow
Yang HePostgraduate research student
Stephen HerdPostgraduate research student
Walter Martin HolwegerRAEng Visiting Professor in Material Science, Tribology and Lubrication Chemistry
Eko IlmanPostgraduate research student
Timothy JA KampsPostgraduate research student
Pawee KucitaPostgraduate research student
Andreu LabordaPhD researcher of Engineering Materials group
Maria Fabiola Leyva-MendivilPostgraduate research student
Georges LimbertAssociate Professor
Ping LuResearch student
Mengyan NieVisiting Research Fellow
Tomas PolcarAssociate Professor in Coatings and Nanotribology
Honor PowrieVisiting Professor
Monica RatoiLecturer in Lubrication Science
Alex D RichardsonPostgraduate research student
Maria SaltaVisiting Academic
Viktorija SmelovaPostgraduate research student
Keith StokesVisiting Professor
Martin StolzLecturer in Orthopaedic Tribology
Paul StoodleyProfessor of Microbial Tribology
Nicola SymondsOperations Director
Ling WangAssociate Professor in condition monitoring for tribological systems
Qianzhi WangResearch Fellow
Shuncai WangLecturer
Simon WatsonPhD Student
Julian WhartonAssociate Professor
Luis V Wilches PeñaPostgraduate research student
Robert J K WoodAssociate Dean of Research
Ikhwan Shafiq Zainal AbdinPostgraduate research student
Jurgita ZekonyteVisiting Academic

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