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Research Group: Engineering Materials

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Head of Group:  Professor Marco J. Starink   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: Fiona Haigh
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7082
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

You can find all of our projects with guaranteed funding here.

Research Staff

List of all staff members in Engineering Materials
Staff MemberPrimary Position
Mithila Achintha Lecturer in Structural Engineering
Trevor AllenPostgraduate Research Student in Engineering Materials
Janice M BartonProfessor of Experimental Mechanics
Dmitry BavykinAssociate Professor Energy Technology
Atul BhaskarProfessor of Applied Mechanics
Richard P BoardmanResearch Fellow
Dan BrayPostgraduate research student
Martin BrowneProfessor of Applied Biomaterials
Daniel BullPostgraduate research student
Jack S CallaghanPostgraduate research student
Somsubhro ChaudhuriPostgraduate research student
Gianluca CidonioPostgraduate research student
Stewart EverittPostgraduate research student
Junqing FanPostgraduate research student
Hans FangohrProfessor of Computational Modelling
Khong Wui GanAssistant Professor
Nong GaoLecturer
Andrew R. HamiltonAssociate Professor
Yi HuangSenior Research Fellow in Severe Plastic Deformation
Mohd Adib IbrahimPostgraduate research student
Liudi JiangProfessor of Materials and Electromechanical Systems
Mohammad Mehdi KashaniAssociate Professor in Structural Mechanics, Design and Earthquake Engineering
Samuel KeyesNew Frontiers Fellow
Kerwin KhuPostgraduate research student
Denis KramerAssociate Professor
Andreu LabordaPhD researcher of Engineering Materials group
Jack LambertPostgraduate research student
Terence G LangdonProfessor of Materials Science
Tobias LauxPostgraduate research student
Tom MarkvartProfessor of Energy Conversion
Mark Noel MavrogordatoResearch Fellow
Thomas MbuyaPostgraduate research student
Brian G MellorAssociate Professor
Zhaozong MengResearch Fellow
Geir OlafssonPostgraduate research student
Fabrice PierronProfessor of Solid Mechanics
Tomas PolcarProfessor of Materials Science and Tribology
Carlos Ponce de León AlbarránSenior Lecturer, Energy Technology Group
Vishagen RamasamyPostgraduate research student with the AFM research group
Philippa A.S ReedProfessor of Structural Materials
Andrew RobinsonExperimental Officer and Specialist in Materials and Structures
Christian SchoettlePostgraduate research student
R Ajit ShenoiDirector, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
Ian SinclairProfessor of Materials Engineering
Nazila SoleimaniPostgraduate research student
S Mark SpearingVice President (Research and Enterprise)
Marco J StarinkProfessor of Materials Engineering
Nicola SymondsDirector
Jinghua TangPostgraduate research student
Ole Thybo ThomsenProfessor of Structures and Materials
Frank C WalshProfessor of Electrochemical Engineering, Research Institute for Industry
Shuncai WangLecturer
Arthur F WilloughbyEmeritus Professor
Charles E WoodResearch Fellow
Christopher John WoodsKTP Associate
Shoufeng YangProfessor of Additive Manufacturing
Chao YouPostgraduate research student
Shahir YusufPostgraduate research student
Xunli ZhangProfessor of Bioengineering and Microsystems

    Related Projects

    List of related projects to Engineering Materials
    Related ProjectsStatus
    3D Imaging Of The Tensile Failure Mechanisms Of Carbon Fibre CompositesActive
    3D printing small implantsActive
    Tribological behaviour of nano-structured alloys processed by Severe Plastic DeformationActive
    A new tool to identify defects in adhesively bonded jointsActive
    Adaptive and smart materials and structures for more efficient vessels (Adam4eve)Active
    Advanced nanostructured coatings for aluminium alloysActive
    Advanced non-volatile memories based on resistive switching Active
    Aeostat Power GenerationActive
    Aerospace composite materials damage assessment by High Resolution Computed TomographyActive
    Aesthetic consideration in ship designActive
    High strength aluminium alloys for aerospace applications Active
    Aluminium-air battery: study of three dimensional aluminium anode and air cathode for the development of high energy density battery for micro-UAVsActive
    An investigation into strong and ductile glass–GFRP compositesActive
    An investigation into the face sheet debonding of glass balsa sandwich compositesActive
    Analysis of debonding failure of externally–bonded FRP systems on concreteActive
    Analysis of adhesively-bonded composite jointsActive
    Analysis of a Composite Materials using Multi-Scale Computed Tomography TechniquesActive
    Analysis of stump tissue mechanics of lower limb amputeesActive
    Applications of artificial neural networks (ANNs) in materials property correlations explorationActive
    Applications of thermography for material and structures monitoring and assessmentActive
    Assessment of life extending surface treatment technologies for metallic structuresActive
    Assessment of advanced nickel based turbine materialsActive
    Bespoke fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement for concrete structuresActive
    Blocking blood supply to starve cancerous tumoursActive
    Bond improvement methods for FRP internal reinforcement in concrete beamsActive
    Carbon Nano Tube (CNT) Composite Surfaces for Electrical Contact InterfacesActive
    Characterisation and modelling residual stress in glass and its effect on structural designActive
    Strengthening of alloys by nanosized clustersActive
    Co-Ni-P Electrodeposits for Hard Chrome ReplacementActive
    Corrosion Resistant Catalyst SupportsActive
    Developing Hip Replacements: Simulations and Experimental MethodsActive
    Development of an improved fatigue model for composite materialsActive
    Development of borohydride fuel cellsActive
    Digital image correlation for high strain rate behaviour investigation on glass fibre reinforced polymersActive
    Early crack initiation processes in steel arc weldsActive
    Effect of surface defects on rolling contact fatigue of wheel/rail steelsActive
    ELEVATE - ELEctrochemical Vehicle Advanced TEchnology (EP/M009394/1)Active
    EnDuRE: Hip Resurfacing Implants for Durability and BiocompatibilityActive
    Energy harvesting utilising the gyroscopic effectActive
    Evaluating homogeneity in AZ91 magnesium alloy processed by high-pressure torsion and equal-channel angular pressingActive
    Fabrication of MEMS components using ultrafine-grained aluminium alloysActive
    Finite element modelling of fatigue crack growth in multi-layered systems under large scale yielding conditionsActive
    New generation of protective coatings alternative to hard chromeActive
    High-fidelity testing of wind turbine blade substructuresActive
    Imaging materials deforming really fastActive
    Imaging the mechanical properties of welds Active
    Improvements to experimental approach for application of optical methods to high-speed testing of compositesActive
    In-situ calibration of cohesive zone models for composite damageActive
    In-situ characterization of microstructure and fatigue performance of Al-Si piston alloysActive
    Innovative smart magnetic materials and smart structures with hybrid vibration energy control for marine applicationActive
    Integrated experimental and computational characterisation of advanced composite materials subjected to multiaxial loadingActive
    Interfacial sensors for lower limb prosthetic applicationsActive
    Investigation into the Switching Characteristics of Gold Coated Carbon Nanotubes under Low Current ConditionsActive
    Life assessment methods for industrial steam and gas turbinesActive
    Light harvesting for high-efficiency low-cost solar cellsActive
    Lightweight ceramic nanotubes reinforced polymer composite coatings and nanofibres with improved impact resistance and responsive functionsActive
    Load-bearing glass–adhesive jointsActive
    Luminescent Monitoring for Tribological CoatingsActive
    Methodology for assessing the life extension of high performance marine craftActive
    Microstructure and precipitation in Al-V-N microalloyed steelsActive
    Microstructure, Microtexture and Properties of Ultrafine-Grained Metals and Alloys Processes by Severe Plastic DeformationActive
    Modelling and analysis of solid state reaction kineticsActive
    Influence of ultimate strength on aged and corroded shipsActive
    Movement-tolerant joints in glass structuresActive
    Nanoimprint lithography process developmentActive
    Nanoparticles for energy saving glazingActive
    Nanostructured diffusion barrier coatings for nuclear industry Active
    NECOBAUT: iron-air redox flow batteryActive
    Novel Integrated Imaging Approaches for Damage Characterisation of Composite Materials and StructuresActive
    Novel co-blended polymer matrix systems for fire resistant structural marine compositesActive
    Organic nanoparticles for drug delivery – size mattersActive
    Potential for evaluating residual stress using thermoelastic stress analysisActive
    Preparation and characterisation of a rechargeable battery based on a conductive polymer and aluminum in an ionic liquid electrolyteActive
    Processing of nanostructured materials for medical applicationsActive
    Processing of a two phase alloy by severe plastic deformationActive
    Rapid Diagnosis of Allergy to Drugs using a Microfluidic PlatformActive
    Rare earth effect on tribological bronze coatingsActive
    Redox flow cells batteries: zinc - ceriumActive
    Reliability based life-time prediction and assessment of composite sandwich structuresActive
    RNLI Advanced Technology PartnershipActive
    Scale up photoelectrochemical reactor using nanocatalytic material for environmental remediationActive
    Seeing the deformations inside solidsActive
    Short crack growth and propagation in steels under creep-fatigue cyclingActive
    Silicon Doped Boron Carbide: A New Super-hard Material?Active
    Simulation-based tailoring of nanoscale frictionActive
    Simulation of tactical yacht racing: a human-psychological-physical AI-system in a dynamically changing yacht racing environmentActive
    Smart surface: nanoactuators for advanced tribological applicationsActive
    Smart vibration control using magnetorheological elastomers in hybrid shear-compressive modes with application to maritime engineeringActive
    Strain through the looking glassActive
    Strength assessment of damaged ship structuresActive
    Strengthening of alloys by refining grains to the nanometer scaleActive
    Structural modelling of damaged steel structuresActive
    Suspension sprayed surface coatings for specialised applications Active
    Teardrop cracking: mechanism and design criteriaActive
    The Virtual Fields MethodActive
    Thermal degradation of foam cored sandwich structuresActive
    Tribological behaviour of ultrafine-grained alloys formed by severe plastic deformationActive
    Use of cryogenic buoyancy systems for controlled removal of heavy objects from the seabedActive
    The use of optical techniques to assess the performance of composite materials under high velocity deformationsActive
    Using photonics to improve the capture of solar radiationActive
    X-ray Computed Tomography and image-based modelling of plant roots and nutrient uptakeActive
    PISTON: Does Developmental Plasticity Influence Speciation?Active
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