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The University of Southampton

Materials Processing Group

High Pressure Torsion (HPT)
High Pressure Torsion (HPT)

Our research expertise covers the areas of:

 The materials processing group is further subdivided into three main areas:

  1. Processing and properties of nanostructured materials
  2. Micro dry powder dispensing and microfabrication
  3. Nano & micro-electrochemical systems


Processing and properties of nanostructured materials

With over 120 papers published in ISI peer-reviewed journal papers, more than 6000 citations and numerous invitations to present keynote papers this group is working at the forefront of their field.  Research collaborations span the globe with partners in 17 countries including Algeria, Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Norway, Russia, Spain, the USA and the UK.

Micro dry powder dispensing and microfabrication

A novel dry powder dispensing approach has been successfully developed (patent has been filed) which allows controlled dispensing of powders at doses as low as 10 μg at high speed.

There are a wide range of applications including: pharmaceutical screening, materials combinatorial research and functional gradient materials fabrication.

Fuel cell electrode fabrication and high throughput screening approaches have been enabled by related microfabrication approaches.  Metamaterials fabrication and tissue engineering scaffold freeform fabrication are two further examples.

Nano & micro-electromechanical systems

Research activities focus on MEMS materials, structures and package design, including:



EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council), ERC (European Research Council), Huxley Bertram Ltd, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), Novatis, ECS clean rooms, DSTL/MoD, Royal Society, PolymerVision


Research areas


Structural materials performance


Nano and micro-electromechanical systems

Surface engineering, corrosion and tribology

Electrochemical engineering

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