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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.

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: Heather Marshall
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.

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

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
Interface sensors and biomechanics at the residuum/socket interface for lower limb prostheticsActive
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
Predictive modelling of quench sensitivity of Al alloysActive
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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