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Engineering

Materials Processing

Our research focusses on developing the fundamental understanding of physical processes and interactions in materials and surfaces that affect the performance of engineering systems.  This understanding and knowledge is then transferred into engineering technologies through enhanced materials and surface engineering performance resulting in improved designs.

Our research expertise includes: 

Bulk nano-structured materials processed through severe plastic deformation producing very fine grained materials with concomitant property improvements for processing (e.g. MEMS) and tribological application.  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. 

3D powder handling and ink-jet printing processes, with a wide range of applications: functionally gradient materials (including metamaterials and fuel cell electrodes)  tissue scaffolds, pharmaceutical dispensing. A novel dry powder dispensing approach has been developed which allows powder dispensing of 10mg at high speed. 

Nanomaterial development and characterisation (e.g. thin-film materials) and development of fabrication processes for micro/nano systems using extensive cleanroom facilities at the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre, with a focus on: MEMS materials, structures and package design, including: RF switches, flow control, nanoimprint lithography constitutive law development and micromechanical testing of materials for MEMS

Dry Powder Printer for Multiple Materials Additive Manufacturing. Three materials are dispensed in this picture. Yellow: Copper, Dark grey: Tungsten Carbide; and Light grey: Stainless Steel.
Dry Powder Printer
Ti Dental Implants
Ti Dental Implants

Our research expertise includes: 

Bulk nano-structured materials processed through severe plastic deformation producing very fine grained materials with concomitant property improvements for processing (e.g. MEMS) and tribological application.  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. 

3D powder handling and ink-jet printing processes, with a wide range of applications: functionally gradient materials (including metamaterials and fuel cell electrodes)  tissue scaffolds, pharmaceutical dispensing. A novel dry powder dispensing approach has been developed which allows powder dispensing of 10mg at high speed. 

Nanomaterial development and characterisation (e.g. thin-film materials) and development of fabrication processes for micro/nano systems using extensive cleanroom facilities at the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre, with a focus on: MEMS materials, structures and package design, including: RF switches, flow control, nanoimprint lithography constitutive law development and micromechanical testing of materials for MEMS

Dry Powder Printer for Multiple Materials Additive Manufacturing. Three materials are dispensed in this picture. Yellow: Copper, Dark grey: Tungsten Carbide; and Light grey: Stainless Steel.
Dry Powder Printer
Ti Dental Implants
Ti Dental Implants

We are 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, a major new X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner centre at μ-VIS and extensive surface engineering and tribology facilities for measurement and analysis at both the University of Southampton and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Transport Systems Research Laboratory (TSRL)

Severe Plastic Deformation Processing Rigs

Micro dry powder processing and microfabrication

Solar Energy Laboratory

Electrochemical engineering lab

Materials Characterisation facilities

μ-VIS: multidisciplinary multiscale microtomographic volume imaging

Nanofabrication centre/clean rooms at ECS

Bioengineering laboratory

Sliding friction/wear

Erosion

Corrosion

Abrasion wear

Characterisation

Properties of materials/coatings

If you are interested in joining us either to study or to become part of our research team please select the relevant link below for further information.

Funded PhD Opportunities

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Current job vacancies at the University of Southampton 

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