Research group

Engineering Materials and Surface Engineering Group

Material held in hands.

We’re working to enable surface interactions to occur with minimal energy loss and impact on the environment through enhanced materials performance and improved designs.

Part of Engineering


We will provide the next generation of technology in: 

  • microsystems 
  • biomedical engineering 
  • engineering 
  • engineering chemistry 

Our research areas stretch across many topics including: 

  • aerospace and automotive materials 
  • energy materials 
  • corrosion 
  • artificial hips 
  • Microsystems 
  • 3D printing 

Our current research areas include: 

  • functional materials 
  • future manufacturing & processing 
  • advanced characterisation of structural materials 
  • advanced prosthetics and orthotics 

People, projects and publications


Dr Ali Mosayyebi

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Andrew Hamilton

Associate Professor

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Bo Chen

Professor of Materials

Research interests

  • Creep, fatigue as well as oxidation
  • Residual stresses at different length-scales
  • High-temperature structural integrity assessment

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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

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Fernando Alvarez Borges

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • X-ray and neutron computed tomography applications for geomaterials, particulates and porous media research
  • Development and deployment of image processing and analysis solutions, including Deep Learning methods
  • Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, with emphasis on offshore renewable energy infrastructure

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Ian Sinclair

Professor of Engineering Materials
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Professor Janice Barton

Professor of Experimental Mechanics
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Dr Jinghua Tang PhD

Research Fellow
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Professor Liudi Jiang BSc MSc PhD CEng CPhys FIET

Professor of Materials & Electromec Syst

Research interests

  • Healthcare technologies
  • Intelligent sensor systems
  • Digital health, devices and data

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Dr Nong Gao

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It’s important for research to have a broad view, for me the excitement comes from engineering advanced materials, devices and intelligent systems for new sciences and technologies which address unmet application needs.
Professor of Materials & Electromec Syst