Former Group Members

Dr Jun Jiang, Post Doctoral Research Associate

Jun worked to develop integrated understanding of fatigue crack initation, including development of high resolution digital image correlation methods. He was funded by AVIC-BIAM and co-supervised by Dr Ben Britton and Prof Fionn Dunne.

Dr Jiang is now a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.


Dr Tea-Sung (Terry) Jun, Post Doctoral Research Associate

Terry worked to develop understanding of strain rate sensitivity in titanium alloys, mainly using micropillar compression and analysis of crystal plasticity. His Post Doc was funded by HexMat. He was co-supervised by Dr Ben Britton and Prof Fionn Dunne

Dr Jun is now a Professor at Incheon National University.


Dr Vivian Tong, PhD Imperial College London & Post Doctoral Research Associate

Vivian worked to develop understanding of zirconium alloys, particularly in the area of microstructural evolution and the so-called "blocky alpha". During her post doc, she worked to develop new electron backscatter diffraction methods, including RapidEBSD. Her PhD was supported by Rolls Royce plc, and her Post Doctoral Work was funded by HexMat and HEFI.

Dr Tong now works at the National Physical Laboratory, as a Staff Scientist.


Dr Jim Hickey, PhD Imperial College London

Jim worked to understand sour gas interactions and cracking in steels for oil & gas applications. He was supervised by Dr Ben Britton and Prof Mary Ryan. He was funded under an iCase and by Shell Global Solutions.

Dr Hickey now works as an analyst (emerging technologies) at Outsmart Insight.


Dr Suki Adande, PhD Imperial College London & Post Doctoral Research Associate

Suki worked to understand the role of carbides in the micromechancial performance of Ni-based superalloys. He developed understanding of carbide-matrix interactions using micropillar compression. During his post doc, he developed understanding of the strain rate sensitivity of titanium alloys. His PhD was funded by AVIC-BIAM and his post doc was funded by Honeywell.


Dr Tianhong Gu, PhD Imperial College London

Tianhong worked to develop understanding of the mechanical properties of lead-free solder materials. She developed new methods to understand creep deformation, including in-situ EBSD approaches. Her PhD was self-funded.

Dr Gu now works as a Post Doc within the group.


Dr Giorgio Sernicola, PhD Imperial College London

Giorgio worked to understand grain boundaries in cutting tools. He developed a new method to measure grain boundary energy using a focus ion beam machined double cantilever beam. He was funded by SECO tools and EPSRC. He was supervised by Dr Finn Giuliani and co-supervised by Dr Ben Britton

Dr Sernicola now works as a Post Doc with Dr Giuliani.