The Materials Group in MME includes experts in processing, structural/chemical characterization, mechanical testing, and modelling of metals and ceramics. There are particular research strengths in materials for the Nuclear, Automotive materials, Aerospace, and Energy Conversion industries.
We have a comprehensive suite of characterisation equipment including:
- Accelerator laboratory: 4MV tandem producing 8MeV H or 12MeV He; for damage or implantation studies.
- Electron Microscopy Laboratory: FEI Osiris FEG-TEM (STEM, EDS, EELS, in situ heating & straining), FEI FEG-Nova NanoSem (EBSD, EDX, in situ heating and straining).
- Mechanical Testing Laboratory (quasi-static; fatigue; fracture; delayed hydride cracking; digital image correlation measurements; nano- and micro-indentation from ambient to elevated temperatures).
- X-ray Laboratory (Xradia micro-CT; texture; diffraction; in situ deformation and heating; thin film).
- A wide range of sample preparation techniques (including 50kV focused ion beam, ion milling, electropolishing, etc.) is also available.
Research by Faculty
- Steel Physical Metallurgy
- Metal Matrix Composites
- Microstructural Phenomena in Metals and Alloys
- Materials for Transportation Applications
- X-ray/Electron Scattering Techniques
- Micromechanisms of Deformation in Metals, Ceramics and Composites
- Advanced Neutron and X-ray Scattering Techniques
- Engineering Mechanics, Components and Processes
- Ceramics Processing and Properties
- Ceramic Matrix Composites
- Thin Films
- Material Failure Mechanisms
- Metallographic Image Analysis
- Metal Forming
- Nuclear materials/zirconium alloys
- Crystallographic texture/anisotropy
- Modeling materials behaviour
- Characterization of Microstructures
- Radiation induced defects in nuclear materials
- Metal Physics Fundamentals
- Processing and Constitutive Modelling of Aluminum Alloys Performance