Please note that all members of the Experimental Micromechanics Research Group are expected to uphold our Code of Conduct.

Principal Investigator:

  • Dr Ben Britton, CSci, CEng, FIMMM, DPhil Oxford (2010), MEng Oxford (2007)

Senior Lecturer / RAEng Research Fellow, Deputy Director, Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Course Director, MSc in Nuclear Engineering

Ben focuses on getting to the bottom of the strength - property - performance relationship of real alloys used in high value engineering applications such as nuclear power, aerospace, and oil & gas applications. He combines a range of appropriate techniques, such as digital image correlation, electron backscatter diffraction and micro-mechanical testing to understand processes such as fatigue crack initiation, plastic deformation and microstructural evolution in metallic and metallic / ceramic materials.

Imperial People Page / ORCID / Flockademic / tw: @BMatB

Email: b.britton@imperial

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 594 2634

Post Doctoral Researchers:

  • Dr Thibaut Dessolier - Research Associate

Thibaut is developing new in-situ approaches to measuring creep damage in cast pipes for oil & gas applications. He is funded as part of the Shell AIMS UTC.

Email: t.dessolier@imperial

  • Dr Tianhong Gu - Research Associate

Tianhong is developing new in-situ approaches to understand deformation and failure of solder materials, used in microelectronic devices.

Tianhong is co-supervised by Dr Finn Giuliani (for her PDRA) and is funded by EPSRC.

Email: t.gu15@imperial / Twitter: @gth92 / ORCID: 0000-0002-4930-211X

  • Dr Suki Adande, MEng Imperial, PhD Imperial - Research Associate

Suki focuses on understanding the performance of metallic materials for aerospace. He works on micropillar compression to extra mechanical properties.

Suki is funded by Honeywell.

Email: suki.adande07@imperial

  • Dr Yi Guo, DPhil Oxford - Research Associate

Yi focuses on understanding fatigue crack growth and initiation in NI-based superalloys, and develops new characterisation methods.

Yi is funded by BIAM.

Email: yi.guo@imperial

PhD Student Researchers:

  • William White

William focuses on understanding the consequences of hydrogen on the micromechanics of steels, particular for energy storage applications. He is developing dislocation dynamics models to understand solute-dislocation interactions.

William is a PhD student on the ICO Nuclear Energy CDT and is co-supervised by Dr Daniel Balint (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Jim Hickey, MEng Imperial

Jim is focusing on sour gas - high strength steel interactions for oil&gas applications. Our particular focus is on developing fundamental understanding of the combined effects of chemistry, microstructure and stress on failure of steels with a hope of developing understanding towards the introduction of new steel alloys.

Jim is funded by Shell Global Solutions as part of the Shell AIMS UTC and is co-supervised by Prof Mary Ryan.

Email: jim.hickey09@imperial / twitter: @JamesHickey11

  • Simon Wyatt

Simon is developing new understanding of micromechanical deformation and texture evolution of two phase (hexagonal + body centred cubic) alloys, which are commonly used in aerospace and nuclear industries. This work is achieved through the combination of crystal plasticity FFT modelling and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Simon is a user of DAMASK and is developing code to be included in a future release.

Email: s.wyatt15@imperial / Twitter: @SimonWyatt1

  • Siyang Wang, MSc Imperial

Siyang is focusing on understanding the micromechanics of zirconium and zirconium hydrides. He has developed new understanding of the high temperature deformation strength of the <a> basal slip system with micro-pillar compression. He has supported new insights into the hydride formation and hydride character of electro chemical hydrides in zirconium.

Siyang is co-supervised by Dr Finn Giuliani.

Email: Siyang.Wang15@imperial

  • Alex Foden

Alex is focusing on developing new HR-EBSD approaches for improved microstructural characterisation. He has developed a new template matching algorithm and continues to develop new approaches for EBSD analysis.

ORCID: 0000-0002-7007-3956 / Email: a.foden16@imperial / Tw: @AlexFoden

  • Dafni Daskalaki Mountanou, MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Imperial

Dafni is focusing on developing understanding of stress relaxation cracking in Ni-based alloys for oil and gas applications.

Dafni is a student within the Shell AIMS UTC and is co-supervised by Professor Mary Ryan.

  • Xinping Fan, MEng Materials Science and Engineering, Imperial

Xinping is focussing on strain partitioning in dual phase titanium alloys for aerospace applications.

Xinping is co-supervised by Professor Fionn Dunne.

Email: xinping.fan13@imperial; tw: @xinping_fan

  • Tom McAuliffe, MSci Natural Sciences, Cambridge

Tom's is investigating the deformation mechanisms to aid development of novel Co/NI-based dual phase polycrystalline superalloys for use in jet engines, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. Grain boundary sliding and microstructural changes will be studied using EBSD, SEM and DIC. This will be combined with dislocation / stacking fault TEM analysis of the effects of stress, temperature and composition.

Tom is principally supervised by Professor David Dye and co-supervised by myself.

Email: t.mcauliffe17@imperial / tw: @tom_mcauliffe

  • Chris Bilsland, MRes Nuclear Energy, Imperial College London

Chris is investigating the development of new approaches to study surface degredation in Ni-based alloys for nuclear power applications.

Chris is a student on the ICO CDT in Nuclear Energy and is part funded by Rolls-Royce plc.

  • Ruth Birch, MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering, Imperial College London

Ruth is investigating hydrides in zirconium alloys and their role in fracture and failure of fuel cladding components.

  • David Shepherd

David is developing understanding of microstructures in dual phase titanium alloys and dwell fatigue. He is a EngD student within the NDT EngD Programme (Mech Eng).

David's principal supervisor is Professor Fionn Dunne, and he is co-supervised by Professor Dunne and myself.

Undergraduate / Masters Researchers

MEng in Materials Science:

Alessandro Previero (2018-2019) - Alessandro is developing new machine learning approaches for EBSD analysis.

Yusen Wang (2018-2019) - Yusen is focussing on understanding additive repair technologies.

Chengang Xu (Danny) (2016-2017) - Danny focused on understanding the role of blocky alpha in zirconium alloys

Yi Qiu (2015-2016) - now a PhD student in Brunel - Yi focused on developing virtual microstructures for FFT based simulations and understanding property bounds.

Leanne Johnstone (2014-2015) - now working for Rolls-Royce - Leanne focused on understanding delayed hydride cracking in zirconium alloys though controlled atmosphere mechanical testing and electrochemical hydriding techniques.

Maximilian Schleupen (2014-2015, Aachen ERASMUS) - now a PhD student in Aachen - Max focused on understanding deformation in polycrystalline materials with elasto-viscoplastic fast crystal plasticity solvers based upon the fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectral solver.

Yannick Naunheim (2013-2014, Aachen ERASMUS) - now a PhD student in MPIE, Dusseldorf - Yannick focused on understanding deformation in polycrystalline materials with a viscoplastic fast crystal plasticity solvers based upon the fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectral solver.

MSc in Advanced Nuclear Engineering:

Ning Fang (2019) - Ning is developing approaches to measure carbide distributions in Ni based alloys.

Ruth Birch (2017) - now at the MoD - Ruth focuses on understanding hydrides in zirconium alloys.

Monojit Roy (2016) - Monojit focused on characterising machine damage in advanced metallic alloys using HR-EBSD

William White (2015) - Now a PhD student in the group - William focused on understanding of solute-dislocation interactions in steels using dislocation dynamics models.

Robert Vale - hosted at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (2015) - Robert focused on understanding of hydrogen storage in fusion reactor engineering components.

MSc in Advanced Materials:

Guillaume de Certaines (2019) - Guillaume is developing new machine learning algorithm approaches for EBSD analysis.

Jiahui Dong (2017)

Jiahui is focused on DIC methods for high resolution strain analysis

Rocco D'agostino (2017)

Rocco is developing methods to refine microstructure in two phase Zr alloys

Siyang Wang (2016) - now PhD student in group

Siyang focused on understanding the deformation of hydrides in zirconium alloys

Qinmeng Luan (2016) - now PhD student with Dr Jiang

Qinmeng focused on understanding the macroscopic strain rate sensitivity of Ti alloys

Tianhan Zhang (2015)

Tianhan started developing an approach to fabricate nanostructured metallic materials through accumulated roll-bonding.

BEng in Materials Science:

Grey Chen (2016-2017)

Grey worked on creep testing of lead free solders

Chaoyi Zhu (2014-2015)

Chaoyi focussed on developing an improved understanding of high resolution electron backscatter data, particular with respect to lattice curvature.

Group Photos

Group lunch (10/06/2016)

From left to right: Simon, Suki, Yi, Tianhong, Solene, Qinmeng, Siyang, Jim, Monojit, Giorgio, Vivian and Ben

(William and Terry were away)

Group lunch (11/08/2017)

From left to right: Rocco, Ruth, Vivian, Jim, Josie, Simon, Giorgio, Tianhong, Siyang, Alex and Ben

(Suki and William were away)

Former Group Members

Giorgio Sernicola

PhD 2014-2018 "Developing small scale fracture tests for polycrystalline diamond" co-supervised by Dr Finn Giuliani and Dr Ben Britton. Examined by Prof Bill Clegg (Cambridge) and Prof Saiz.

Now a Post Doctoral Research Associate with Dr Giuliani, Imperial College London

Vivian Tong

Now at the National Physical Laboratory as a Higher Research Scientist

PhD 2013-2016 - "EBSD Characterisiation of Heterogeneous Microstructures in Zirconium Alloys" supervised by Dr Ben Britton. Examined by Prof John Wheeler (Liverpool) and Dr Vandeperre.

PDRA 2016-2018 - HexMat & HEFI funded.

Tianhong Gu

Currently with the group as a Post Doc.

PhD 2015-2019 - "Observations of Microstructure evolution and damage of SAC305 solder alloys during thermal and mechanical loadings" supervised by Dr Ben Britton and Dr Chris Gourlay. Examined by Prof Joe Robson (Manchester) and Dr Pham.

Suki Adande

Currently with the group as a Post Doc.

PhD 2014-2018 - "The micromechanical testing of Ni-based superalloys" supervised by Dr Ben Britton. Examined by Prof Cathy Rae (Cambridge) and Dr Chris Gourlay.