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Professor Terence G Langdon PhD, DSc, DSc hon causa, Dr hon causa, FREng

Professor of Materials Science, Director, Centre for Bulk Nanostructured Materials

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Professor Terence G Langdon is Professor of Materials Science within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


1965 Ph.D. Physical Metallurgy, Imperial College, University of London, U.K.
1961 B.Sc. Physics with Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Bristol, U.K.


Academic positions

2012- Professor of Materials Science, University of Southampton
2012- William E. Leonhard Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
2005-: Research Professor of Materials Science, University of Southampton
2003-: William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1976-: Professor, Departments of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1971-76: Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1969-71:  Research Associate, Department of Metallurgy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1968-69:  Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory,  University of Cambridge, U.K.
1967-68:  Visiting Scientist, Edgar C. Bain Laboratory for Fundamental Research, U.S. Steel Corporation, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
1965-67:  Research Metallurgist, Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.


Academic Honours and Awards:


Professional Accreditation:

C.Eng., C.Phys., C.Sci.


Current Professional Activities:


Current Editorial Appointments:


Scientific Ranking in Materials Science:

Research interests

  • Mechanical properties of metals and ceramics
  • Creep, superplasticity, flow mechanisms
  • Processing using severe plastic deformation
  • Properties of ultrafine-grained materials

Research group

Engineering Materials

Research project(s)

Processing of nanostructured titanium for use in medical implants - Dormant

Commercial purity (CP) titanium alloys such as Ti-6% Al-4% V are in wide use for medical implants from hip and knee replacements to dental implants for crowns and orthodontal purposes. These materials are effective but the applications are limited by the overall strength of the alloy. An increase in strength would permit the use of smaller parts and less invasive surgery.

Tribological behaviour of nano-structured alloys processed by Severe Plastic Deformation

SPD processing of various metallic alloys

Processing of a two phase alloy by severe plastic deformation

Microstructure, Microtexture and Properties of Ultrafine-Grained Metals and Alloys Processes by Severe Plastic Deformation

Tribological behaviour of ultrafine-grained alloys formed by severe plastic deformation

Materials with submicron- or nano-scaled grains produced by severe plastic deformation (SPD) offer new structural and functional properties for innovative products in a wide range of applications. The aims of this study are to understand the effect of SPD processing on wear behaviour of materials, to seek a way to use SPD processing to improve the mechanical properties of materials and their wear resistance.

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Professor Terence G Langdon
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

Room Number : 7/4030

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