Oxford Solid Mechanics

Members

The following people are affiliated with Oxford Solid Mechanics: steering committee members are highlighted in pastel blue, and junior steering committee members in pastel green.

A list of former members can be found here.

  • Committee
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  • Students
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  • Faculty Steering

    Alan Cocks

    Professor of Materials Engineering, Department of Engineering
    Alan Cocks' research interests include micromechanical and computational modelling of the deformation and failure processes of engineering materials, particularly at elevated temperatures, and the modelling of material processing procedures. Alan Cocks' homepage.
  • Faculty Steering

    Andrew Goodwin

    University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry Department
    Andrew Goodwin leads a Materials Chemistry research group in Oxford's Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. His primary research interests are in understanding and exploiting the dual effects of structural flexibility and structural disorder on the properties of functional materials. Andrew Goodwin's homepage.
  • Faculty Steering

    John Ball

    Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Department of Mathematics
    John Ball's main research areas lie in elasticity theory, the calculus of variations, and infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. He established the first global existence theorems for nonlinear elastostatics and developed a rigorous theory of cavitation in solids. With R.D. James (Minneapolis) he proposed and analyzed a mathematical theory of martensitic microstructure based on nonlinear elasticity and the calculus of variations, and analyzed a new mechanism for hysteresis in solids based on geometric incompatibility of parent and product phases. John Ball's homepage.
  • Faculty Steering

    Justin Wark

    Professor of Physics, Department of Physics
    Justin Wark's research interests include using ultra-fast (femtosecond to nanosecond) X-ray diffraction to characterise materials subjected to compression at ultrahigh strain rates His work has included observing via in situ nanosecond diffraction the famous shock-induced alpha-epsilon transition in iron, and the direct measure of shear strain in materials shock compressed to megabar pressures. Current interests include using new 4th generation X-ray sources (which are ten billion times brighter than any synchrotron) to watch the evolution of microstructure in real time, and the development of shock-less (quasi-isentropic) laser-driven compression techniques to produce solid-state crystalline matter at pressures up to 30-Mbar, close to ten times greater than can be achieved in diamond anvil cells. The experimental work of his research group is complemented by simulations based on classical molecular dynamics techniques, as well as density functional theory. Justin Wark's homepage.
  • Faculty Steering

    Steve Fitzgerald

    Departmental Lecturer in Materials Modelling, Materials Department
    Steve Fitzgerald's research is concerned with understanding the dynamics of defects in crystals, particularly those in structural materials for extreme environments such as next-generation fission and fusion reactors. We develop mathematical and computational models for materials at the mesoscale, i.e. lengthscales of the order of 100s of nanometres to 100s of microns. These models aim to bridge the gap between the smaller realms of atomistic and electronic calculations with the larger scales of engineering interest. Steve Fitzgerald's homepage.
  • Postdoc Steering

    Antonio Pellegrino

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Engineering
    Antonio Pellegrino is a postdoctoral research assistant working within the solid mechanics and material engineering group. He is a member of the Impact Engineering Team led by Professor Nik Petrinic. His research activities concentrate on the high strain rate experimental characterisation of syntactic foams, novel titanium alloys, abradable coatings, nickel alloys, granular materials, ceramics. His interests also include research on the mechanical response of animal and human eye lenses. He is currently the chair of the Junior Steering Committee. Antonio Pellegrino's Linkedin profile.
  • Student Steering

    Bo-Shiuan Li

    DPhil Student, Department of Materials
    Bo is a member of the Materials for Fusion and Fission Power group from the Department of Materials. He is supervised by Dr. David Armstrong, Prof. James Marrow, and Prof. Steve Roberts. His current project focus on developing novel micro-mechanical testing techniques for measuring the fracture resistance behaviour of tungsten-based alloys at elevated temperature. He currently represents Materials on the junior steering committee.
  • Student Steering

    Christian van Engers

    DPhil Student, Department of Chemistry
    Christian works in the Surface Forces Research Laboratory (with Prof. Susan Perkin). His research mainly focuses on probing friction, adhesion and electrochemistry at graphitic surfaces (using the Graphene Surface Force Balance), but he also has an interest in studying the effect of the mechanical properties of polymer supports in the transfer efficiency of CVD-grown graphene. He currently represents Chemistry on the junior steering committee.
  • Postdoc Steering

    Ed Tarleton

    EPSRC Fellow, Department of Materials
    Ed specialises in discrete dislocation plasticity and the crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM). He develops dislocation based models of engineering alloys. Ed Tarleton's homepage.
  • Postdoc Steering

    Elise Pegg

    Postdoctoral Researcher, NDORMS
    Elise Pegg took up a post-doctoral position in 2010 at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre (OOEC) based on the site of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital. Her current research interests include: investigating material failure of orthopaedic devices by examination of retrieved components, the use of finite element analysis (FEA) to analyse the effect of mechanical factors on surgical outcome after arthroplasty, novel imaging algorithms to improve the accuracy and speed of clinical measurements, and examining the applicability of new materials and structures for clinical applications. Elise Pegg's homepage.
  • Student Steering

    Francesco Della Porta

    DPhil Student, Department of Mathematics
    Francesco is a member of the Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (OxPDE) group in the Department of Mathematics. He is currently a student of Prof. Sir John Ball and is working on reversible martensitic transformations, with particular interest on materials with a ultra-low hysteresis cycle. He is currently the junior representative of the Mathematics Department for the Oxford Solid Mechanics group.
  • Student Steering

    Kuangdai Leng

    DPhil Student, Department of Earth Sciences
    Kuangdai Leng is a member of the seismology group in Department of Earth Sciences, working with Dr Tarje Nissen-Meyer and Dr Karin Sigloch. His research interests include the computational theory of wave scattering and attenuation in the Earth.
  • Postdoc Steering

    Matt Suggit

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics
    Matt Suggit is a member of Justin Wark's group in the Department of Physics. He is working on ultrafast x-ray diffraction experiments looking at shock compressed materials. Matt Suggit's homepage.
  • Postdoc Steering

    Olga Barrera

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering
    Olga Barrera is a postdoctoral research assistant working within the solid mechanics and material engineering group. Her research focuses on computational material modelling and computational solid mechanics. Olga Barrera's homepage.
  • Postdoc Steering

    Ying-chun Chen (Ruby)

    DPhil Student, NDORMS
    Ying-chun is a DPhil student working for Dr. Cameron Brown and Prof. Eamonn Gaffney. She is interested in developing a cartilage structural model to explore the mechanostructural of cartilage in early osteoarthritis disease. She is currently the junior rep for NDORMS. Ying-chun Chen's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Alain Goriely

    Chair of Mathematical Modelling, Department of Mathematics
    Alain Goriely's research in mathematical methods, nonlinear dynamics, and theoretical mechanics has led him to collaborate closely with scientists from many other disciplines such as engineering, biology, medical sciences, chemistry, and physics. His current research includes the mechanics of biological growth and its applications to plants and physiology; the mathematical foundation of elasticity; the dynamics of curves, knots, and rods; the design of proteins; the modelling of cancer; the data analysis of genomics experiments; and the development of mathematical methods for applied sciences. Alain Goriely's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Alexander Korsunsky

    Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering
    Alex Korsunsky is interested in deformation, strength and failure of materials and structures across the scales. He has published on analytical and numerical methods in contact and fracture mechanics; creep, plasticity and residual stress analysis; indentation, hardness and tribology. His current experimental interests concern the methods for structure and deformation analysis, particularly involving beams of atoms, ions, neutrons or photons (including synchrotron X-rays), e.g. for "rich" tomography and 3D strain analysis. Alexander Korsunsky's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Andy Higginbotham

    Departmental Lecturer, Department of Physics
    Andy Higginbotham works with Justin Wark in the Department of Physics. His interests lie in the response of metals to rapid compression. In particular he uses picosecond, in-situ x-ray diffraction techniques to study the evolving phase and microstructure of samples undergoing shock and ramp compression up to pressures in excess of a megabar. Andy Higginbotham's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Antoine Jérusalem

    Associate Professor, Department of Engineering, and Affiliate Researcher, Department of Mathematics
    Antoine Jérusalem's research activities have focused on computational modeling of many types of materials and structures, ranging from nanocrystalline and HCP metals to composite materials with a strong recent focus on neuron mechanico-electrophysiological modeling. His modeling activities involve the development and use of advanced numerical techniques such as massive parallel computation, multiphysics coupling, multiscale algorithms, XFEM, DG method, GPU solvers, etc. Antoine Jérusalem's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Clive Siviour

    Associate Professor, Department of Engineering
    Clive Siviour joined the Department of Engineering in 2005, having completed a Doctorate in the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Dr Siviour's research focuses on experimental characterisation of the response of materials and structures to impact loading. He has a particular interest in polymers and other difficult to characterise materials, and in developing novel experimental techniques for better understanding these systems. Dr Siviour's research is funded by Rolls-Royce, the EPSRC, and the Leverhulme Trust. Clive Siviour's homepage.
  • Faculty

    David Nowell

    Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering
    David Nowell has a wide range of research interests in solid mechanics, from both analytical and experimental perspectives. These include fatigue, fracture, contact mechanics, and residual stress. David has considerable experience of applications in the aerospace industry, and was Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Solid Mechanics between 1999 and 2009. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Fatigue and of 'Strain'. David Nowell's homepage.
  • Student

    Ding Shin Huang

    DPhil Student, Department of Engineering
    Ding Shin Huang is a member of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering group in the Engineering Department. His principal research interests include theoretical and computational modelling of hot cracking in welding as part of the EU MINTWELD project. He is also interested in additive manufacturing for high-strength metallic applications.
  • Faculty

    Dominic Vella

    University Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics
    Dominic Vella's research interests span a range of problems in fluid and solid mechanics. Currently his work is focussed on understanding the features of highly developed wrinkling patterns in thin sheets particular motivated by their use in metrological applications. Dominic Vella's homepage.
  • Student

    Dongli Li

    DPhil Student, Department of Engineering
    Dongli Li is a member of the Computational Mechanics of Materials Group in the Engineering Science Department. Her research area is numerical modeling of shock wave interactions with kidney cells. Dongli Li's homepage.
  • Student

    Emily Kwong

    DPhil Student, Department of Engineering
    Emily Kwong is a member of the Computational Mechanics of Materials Group in the Engineering Science Department. Her principal research interests are in developing and validating a neurite growth model, and electrophysiology. Emily Kwong's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Endre Süli

    Professor of Numerical Analysis, Department of Mathematics
    Endre Süli has contributed to the theory of finite difference and finite volume approximation of distributional solutions of PDEs, the mathematical analysis of characteristic- and evolution-Galerkin methods for nonlinear conservation laws, h- and hp-adaptive finite element approximation of hyperbolic and mixed elliptic-hyperbolic problems, the numerical analysis of infinite-dimensional dynamical systems, the theory of multiscale, stabilized and discontinuous finite element methods, and the mathematical and numerical analysis of non-Newtonian and polymeric flows. Endre Süli's homepage.
  • Student

    Gabriele Mogni

    DPhil Student, Department of Physics
    Gabriele Mogni is a member of Justin Wark's group in the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics. His main research interests lie in the isentropic ramp compression of metallic crystalline materials by irradiation with high power laser pulses, together with the study of their X-ray diffraction properties and their modelling with ab-initio computational techniques such as MD and DFT simulations. Gabriele Mogni's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Gui-Qiang Chen

    Statutory Chair in the Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, Department of Mathematics
    Gui-Qiang Chen's research interests include the analysis of formation and propagation of singularities (such as shock waves) and well-posedness issues for global solutions with singularities in solid/fluid mechanics. Chen is also interested in the development and application of modern mathematical methods to the understanding of the behaviour of solid/fluid matter (including singularity, regularity, structure, weak continuity, concentration, etc.) and related important mathematical problems in solid/fluid mechanics. Gui-Qiang Chen's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Guy Houlsby

    Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Department, Department of Engineering
    Guy Houlsby's research interests are in geotechnical engineering, principally in the design of offshore foundations, in-situ testing, reinforced soil and tunnelling. He also works on the applications of numerical methods (both finite element analysis and other methods) to solution of geotechnical problems, and on the development of constitutive models for soils. Guy Houlsby's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Harvey Burd

    University Lecturer in Engineering Science, Department of Engineering
    Harvey Burd's research interests include the development of numerical methods for the the analysis of problems in soil mechanics and soil/structure interaction. He also works on modelling procedures to study the mechanics of the human eye. Harvey Burd's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Hilary Ockendon

    Emeritus Fellow, Somerville College
    Hilary Ockendon holds interests in solid mechanics and materials: Modelling the behaviour of metals under very high strain rates; modelling the dynamic response of fibre assemblies. Hilary Ockendon's homepage.
  • Student

    Ines Collings

    DPhil Student, Department of Chemistry
    Ines Collings is a member of Andrew Goodwin's group in the Chemistry Department. Her research involves investigating the structure-property relationships in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). In particular, her interest lies in determining general rules and design principles we can apply on MOFs to predict their mechanical properties. The experimental work involves variable-temperature diffraction, carried out in-house, at the diamond synchrotron or at the ISIS neutron source. Ines Collings' homepage.
  • Postdoc

    Jennifer Boyd

    Postdoctoral Researcher, NDORMS
    Jennifer Boyd completed her doctoral degree in 2013 under the supervision of Prof Richie Gill and Dr Amy Zavatsky (University of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science). In this work, she investigated potential mechanical causes of knee osteoarthritis using finite element analysis (FEA). She is now a postdoctoral researcher within NDORMS (Prof Andrew Price's group), where she uses FEA to develop patient-specific methods of treating early-stage osteoarthritis and to investigate structure-function relationships within human tissues.
  • Faculty

    Jin-Chong Tan

    Associate Professor, Department of Engineering
    Jin-Chong Tan's research centres on the thermo-mechanical behaviour of nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), nanocomposites, soft matter, and various nanomaterials. He employs nanomechanical characterisation techniques (nanoindentation, AFM), Brillouin scattering, far-IR spectroscopy, and neutron scattering, in combination with computational modelling (DFT, FEM) to gain insights into fundamental structure-property relationships of complex nanostructured materials. Jin-Chong Tan's homepage.
  • Faculty

    John Huber

    Associate Professor, Department of Engineering
    John Huber has research interests in active materials, specialising in modelling and experimentation with piezoelectric and ferroelectric ceramics. The main themes in this research are the development of nonlinear and electromechanically coupled material models, experimental testing of the models, and applications in the design of devices such as thin film memories and actuators. John Huber's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Jon Chapman

    Chair of Mathematics and its Applications, Department of Mathematics
    As a member of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM), John Chapman has been exposed to a wide variety of modelling problems. He is an expert in mathematical modelling and asymptotic analysis, and has contributed to the theory of dislocations, the macroscopic theory of superconductivity, exponential asymptotics, ray theory and the theory of diffraction, and hydrodynamic stability. Jon Chapman's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Nic Smith

    Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science
    Nic Smith's research is characterised by the development of integrated multi-scale and multi-physics models mainly of the heart, which provide the ability to link biophysically detailed experimental data to integrated function from sub-cellular to the whole organ level. Within the scope of this work he has developed computational techniques to enable specific model developments that have in turn been applied to provide insight into cardiac physiology. His research has been focused on cardiac electrophysiology and contraction at the cellular level, and the multi-scale translation of these models to enable coronary blood flow, cardiac electro-mechanics and coupled tissue mechanics-ventricular blood flow simulations at the organ level. Nic is currently a central contributor to the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Project sponsored by the European Commission working to develop integrated multi-scale computational models of organ systems. Nic Smith's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Nik Petrinic

    Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering
    Nik Petrinic lectures on topics in Solid Mechanics and Structural Engineering. Prof Petrinic's research activities are focused on the integration of experimental and numerical modelling methods in Impact Engineering, thus providing capability for experimental characterisation and predictive numerical modelling of constitutive material response to rapidly applied loading. Prof Petrinic leads Oxford's Impact Engineering Team which is currently involved with a number of research projects funded by the public and commercial organisations in the UK and internationally, involving strain rate dependent material response, strain localisation, damage and dynamic fracture in materials and systems for aerospace, automotive, marine and defence applications. Nik Petrinic's homepage.
  • Student

    Petros Siegkas

    DPhil Student, Department of Engineering
    Petros Siegkas works in the Solid Mechanics group in the Engineering Department. His research interests include experimental and computational characterisation of foam structures under static and dynamic loading. High speed photography and SEM imaging are included in testing materials for a range of loading regimes and from quasi static to ballistic strain rates. X-ray micro-tomography and stochastic geometry methods are employed to either replicate or virtually generate foam prototypes. The structures are characterised using finite elements methods and compared with experimental data. His work is related to bone implant manufacturing (NRC industrial materials institute of Canada) and aviation safety, sponsored by EPSRC and Rolls Royce. He is based at the Impact Engineering Laboratory (Begbroke Science Park).
  • Faculty

    Rob Style

    Departmental Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
    Rob studies a range of problems across fluid and solid mechanics. He is currently interested in very soft solids like biological tissues and gels which display a range of unusual mechanical behaviours - in particular in how they wet, stick together, and form composites. He also works on problems involving freezing, melting and drying of porous solids. He does both theoretical and experimental work and is currently helping develop the Mathematical Observatory - a new experimental facility in the Maths Institute. Rob Style's homepage.
  • Postdoc

    Simone Falco

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Science
    Simone Falco is a postdoctoral research assistant in the solid mechanics and material engineering group, and member of the Impact Engineering Team, led by Professor Nik Petrinic. His research focuses mainly on studying, with a combined experimental and numerical approach, the behaviour of ceramic materials at multiple scales, from the generation of representative models of real microstructures, to the analysis of deformation and failure mechanisms at different strain-rates. His interests also include the modelling of manufacturing processes.
  • Student

    João Sahadi

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Science
    João Sahadi focussed in Plasticity during his Bachelor's degree in Automotive Engineering at the University of Brasília (UnB), more specifically he studied the effects of the third deviatoric stress invariant. For his Master's, also at UnB, he assessed non-conventional yield criteria in association with fracture indicators regarding their ability to correctly point out the fracture onset. Currently Sahadi is reading for a DPhil at the University of Oxford. His research, in partnership with Rolls-Royce plc., investigates the effects of multiaxial stress states on the fatigue life of aero engine disks made of nickel based superalloys.
  • Postdoc

    Petros Siegkas

    Dr Petros Siegkas has been working within the field of solid mechanics in developing and implementing experimental and modelling techniques related to material behaviour, impact energy absorption and biomechanics, e.g. mechanical characterization, and multi-scale modelling of porous-cellular materials (e.g. metal foams) and metal alloys-ballistics-aerospace components (e.g. Titanium, Nickel alloys and composite structures). Projects involve close collaboration with both industrial and academic partners of various fields, including Rolls Royce, McLaren and TIMET. Interests also include biomechanical problems such as traumatic brain injury. Current work is aimed at understanding and preventing traumatic brain injury. The work is funded through ‘’Welcome trust network of excellence’’ and includes a multidisciplinary consortium between biology, neuroscience, and solid mechanics (Division of Brain Sciences and Dyson school of design engineering). The project involves experiments and computational modelling. Additionally, a project funded by the Welsh government and in collaboration with industrial partners i.e. Dainese-AGV and Armougel. involves both experiments on new helmet liners and computational optimisation for developing protective equipment.
  • Student

    Huanming Chen

    Haunming is a MSc research student in Solid Mechanics and Material Group, Department of Engineering Science, supervised by Professor Clive Siviour. His current project is focusing on the Experimental and Numerical Modelling works in particulated polyurethane polymer. His interests also lie on the mechanical responses and properties of time-temperature superposition to impact polymers with high-strain rate.
  • Student

    Akash Trivedi

    DPhil Student in the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group working with Clive Siviour on characterising the high strain rate properties of polymers and their composites. Previously studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial and worked as a secondary school Physics teacher, Akash has a keen interest in applying his research to various fields, most notably space and biomechanics. His long term ambition is to facilitate the human exploration of space through greater scientific understanding.
  • Faculty

    Sonia Contera

    University Lecturer/Associate Professor, Department of Physics
    Sonia Contera is co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology at the Oxford Martin School. Sonia Contera's research lies at the interface of biological physics, nanotechnology and biomedicine, from e.g. single molecule nanomechanics to the design of nanoscaffolds for tissue engineering. Sonia is particularly interested in experimental quantitative mechanical characterisation of tissues, live cells, membranes and membrane proteins using atomic force microscopy and force spectroscopy. Sonia Contera's homepage.
  • Faculty

    Susan Perkin

    University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College, University of Oxford Faculty of Chemistry
    Susan studied for an MChem at St. Johns College, Oxford (1998-2002, Academic Scholar), then for a DPhil in the research group of Professor Jacob Klein (2002-2006, with Senior Scholarship at Balliol College). She was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford (2005-2008), then appointed as RCUK Academic Fellow at University College London (2007-2012). In 2012 Susan returned to the Faculty of Chemistry at Oxford to take up an Associate Professorship, which she holds in combination with the Tutorial Fellowship at Trinity College. Susan Perkin's homepage.