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Doctor Dikai Guan

Dr Dikai Guan

 BEng, MEng, PhD, FHEA, CEng, MIMMM
Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Design low-cost high performance alloys
  • Develop novel manufacturing and thermomechanical processing
  • 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing of light alloys

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Dr Dikai Guan is an Associate Professor in Lightweight Materials and leads the research areas in developing new high performance light alloys, tailoring microstructure and designing pertinent experiments for microstructure characterisation He pioneered the design of in-situ casting to produce pore-free nanostructured Mg alloys during his PhD study. His work has been published in high impact journals including Nature, Acta Mater., Scripta Mater. He is a current holder of a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to develop new light Mg alloys for lightweight applications. After that, he was awarded two Royal Society award and grant. He organised a highly reputed national EBSD annual meeting with Royal Microscopical Society in 2021. Dikai is currently working closely with industrial partners, aiming to convert light alloy machining chips into bespoke products, and he is committed to deliver impact focusing on sustainable materials development and circular economy