- Design low-cost high performance alloys
- Develop novel manufacturing and thermomechanical processing
- 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing of light alloys
- Design simple section methods for 3D microstructure analysis
Current PhD Students
Dr Dikai Guan is an Associate Professor of Lightweight Metallic Materials and leads the research areas in developing new high performance light alloys.
Dikai graduated with BEng and MEng in Materials Science and Engineering from Central South University, China in 2008 and 2011. He obtained his Ph.D. on nanocrystalline Mg alloys at the University of Sheffield in 2015. He was a research associate in the following 5 years supported by EPSRC and Henry Royce Institute. In September 2020, he started his UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship and built his independent research group. He was elected to the EPSRC Peer Review College of EPSRC in 2021, awarding CEng status and FHEA in 2021. He formally started to work at the University of Southampton in November 2022.