Director / Principal Investigator
Professor of Metallurgy, Brunel University
Zhongyun Fan is a Professor of Metallurgy and he is also the Founder and Director of BCAST (Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology) at Brunel University. He obtained his first degree in Metallurgy from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Surrey. He started his academic career at Brunel University in 1997, and prior to this, he was a research fellow at the University of Oxford and Surrey. He has published over 270 scientific papers on materials processing, phase transformations, solidification, rheology and alloy development. He was the recipient of the Elegant Work Prize (1995) and the Cook/Ablett Award (2003) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Corac Research Award (2003) of Brunel University. In 2012 he was awarded the Dowding Medal and Prize and received the Diploma Award from the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers. Professor Fan is the principal inventor of the twin-screw rheo-diecasting process, rheomixing process and four other related technologies for the production of high integrity components and high quality continuous products. He holds three international patents and six UK patents, all as principal inventor. He is Co-Chairman of the Casting Division of the IOM3, a Board Member of the Light Metals Division of the IOM3, a Fellow of IOM3 (FIMMM), a Fellow of ICME, and a member of the scientific committees of six international conferences on solidification and solidification processing.
Research Interests: Metallic materials processing, solidification under intensive forced convection, heterogeneous nucleation, structure of liquid metals, rheology and alloy development.
Brunel University London
Dr Mark Jones is a specialist in the management of materials and manufacturing technology development and is managing the future LiME research programme. He started his career in 1998 on an advanced engineering apprenticeship with Numatic International, designing and manufacturing injection mould tooling, where he was awarded apprentice of the year and promoted to the department manager, shortly after completing the apprenticeship. On completion of an HNC in Mechanical Engineering, he went on to study an MEng in Manufacturing Engineering and Management at The University of Nottingham and was fully sponsored by the IMechE with a Sir Joseph Whitworth Scholarship. He then studied a PhD in the management of technology development with Cranfield University, whilst based within Airbus who funded the PhD along with a scholarship from the IMechE. Mark was invited to lecture internationally and was awarded for the most thought provoking and innovative research. Prior to working at Brunel, Mark was a consultant for KPMG and worked on a number of multi-million pound projects for clients across many sectors.
Brunel University London
Lauren Wigmore is the LiME Hub administrator, having worked on the previous EPSRC Centre – LiME. She will continue to be responsible for the outreach activities and administration of the programme.
Professor of Metallurgy, Brunel University
Address: BCAST, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK
Telephone: +44(0)1895 266410
Geoff Scamans is Professor of Metallurgy in BCAST at Brunel University. He earned both his BSc and PhD in Metallurgy from Imperial College. He started his research career in 1974 at Alcan International, initially as research scientist (1974-1982), senior research scientist (1982-1983) and later as principal scientist (1983-2003). More recently, he was the Chief Scientific Officer (2003-2007) at Innoval Technology. His expertise is in light metals and their applications in the automotive and aerospace industries, and in knowledge transfer from the research base to industry. Over the last 30 years he has initiated and managed a number of R&D programmes on both materials development and technological innovation, making substantial scientific and technological contributions to the light metals sector, described in over 130 publications. He is a Fellow and Vice President (LMD) of IOM3. He has been invited to speak at numerous international conferences, and has organised many international conferences on light metals, earning an international reputation in the light metals community. He is currently leading five DTI/TSB funded projects all related to light metals research.
Research interests: Recycling of post consumer aluminium scrap into transport applications. Control and exploitation of the corrosion and oxidation of aluminium alloys. Deformed surface layers on aluminium alloys.
Co-Investigator and Head of LiME Training Centre
Professor in BCAST, Brunel University London
Address: BCAST, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH
Telephone: +44(0)1865 268491
Prof. Isaac Chang is Professor of Metallurgy & Materials and Head of LiME Training Centre. Prior to this, he was a Reader and Head of Education at School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. He received his DPhil in Materials Science from University of Oxford (1991) and BSc(Eng) in Materials & Metallurgy from Imperial College, London University. He specializes in the field of physical and powder metallurgy, as well as nanotechnology and ceramic science. His research is focussed on the understanding of the relationship between processing, microstructure and properties of materials for industrial applications in transport, energy, healthcare, defence and electronic sectors. He was the first to discover the solid solution with a face centred cubic (FCC) crystal structure in an equiatomic FeCrCoNiMn alloy (the so-called Cantor alloy) in 2004 together with Prof. Brian Cantor, which has led to the creation of a brand-new field of materials science known as ‘High Entropy Alloys’ or ‘Multiple Principle Element Alloys’. He holds 10 patents and has published over 120 research papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is a Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a member of the editorial board for Journal of Materials, Chemistry and Physics.
Research interests: High entropy alloys, metallic glasses, nanocomposites, graphene, high throughput material processing for rapid alloy discovery and synthetic biology for advanced materials development.
Lecturer in BCAST, Brunel University
Dr. Shouxun Ji is now a Lecturer at BCAST, Brunel University. His main research areas include (1) development of aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys; (2) casting technologies on high pressure die casting and twin roll casting; (3) metal solidification. Before Dr. Ji came back to Brunel in Oct. 2010, he worked in industry on product development, especially tooling development in aluminium extrusion, diecasting and plastic injection moulding. Before that, he was Chief Engineer at BCAST to develop technologies in semi-solid processing of aluminium alloys and magnesium alloys. Dr. Ji also has experiences in cast iron, lost foam process and sand casting. Dr. Ji is the inventor of 9 patents in aluminium alloys, semisolid processing, melting handling, coating process, and lost foam process. He has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed Journals and international conferences.
Reader, BCAST Brunel University London
Dr. Chamini Mendis is the newly appointed Reader in Mg research. Prior to this, she was a research scientist at the Magnesium Innovation Centre (MagIC) in the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany. She received her PhD (2005), M.Eng.Sci. (2000) and BE/LLB (1995/1997)) in Materials Engineering from the Monash University, Australia. Following the doctoral studies, prior to moving to MagIC, she spent 6 years at the National Institute for Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japan) working with Prof. Kazuhiro Hono, first as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow and then as a MANA researcher, the design and characterization of light metallic materials especially newly developed precipitation hardable magnesium alloys, with a special focus on the characterization of nano-scaled particles using advanced transmission electron microscopy and 3 dimensional atom probe tomography. She has published over 100 research publications including research papers in scientific journals, conference proceedings and a book chapter. She is a member of the magnesium committee The Materials Metals and Mineral Society (TMS) was a guest editor of the institute journal JOM.
Research Interests: Development of new advanced magnesium alloys for structural applications using low cost alloying additions for both cast and wrought applications, microstructure property relationships of light alloys, solid-state phase transformations in light metallic alloys with focus on Mg alloys and solidification and thermomechanical processing of Mg alloys.
Vesuvius Professor of Materials
Head, Department of Materials, University of Oxford
Address: Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH, UK
Telephone: +44(0)1865 283763 (Begbroke office) / +44(0)1865 273700 (switchboard)
Professor Patrick Grant FREng has held the Vesuvius Chair of Materials at Oxford University since 2004, and is Head of the Department of Materials. His research interests include understanding of the complex underlying physics during materials processing and their link to microstructural evolution, and developing novel manufacturing routes based on solidification. He has published over 200 papers and 6 patents (3 licensed). From 1999 to 2004, he was Director of the Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites (OCAMAC) that helps to coordinate industrial materials related research across Oxford University, and was Director of Faraday Partnership for Transport Materials from 2000 until 2007 when he became Executive Director of the Transport & Sustainability theme within the Materials KTN. He was one of the founding academics of the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford University, now a major regional and international hub for innovation and close industrial-university collaboration. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering.
He was a member of 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel for Metallurgy and Materials and a member of the UK Fusion Advisory Board 2007-12. He wrote evidence paper New and Advanced Materials for the UK Government Office of Science Foresight Report Future of Manufacturing (2013). He advises the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the Strategic Advisor Network, and is a member of the Rolls-Royce Materials, Manufacture and Structures Advisory Board and the Constellium Scientific Council, and a director of Oxford University Innovation Ltd.
Research Interests: Solidification science and technology; in-situ studies using X-ray radiography and tomography; modelling of materials processing and the link to microstructural evolution; spray deposition and powder-based processes; alloy development including high entropy alloys.
Reader, Imperial College London
Christopher Gourlay is a Reader in Solidification Processing at Imperial College London. He read metallurgy at the University of Oxford (MEng, 2002) and the University of Queensland (PhD, 2007), where he worked within the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Cast Metals Manufacturing. He was then a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for design in light metals (2007-08). He joined the Materials Department at Imperial College in 2008 on a RAEng/EPSRC Research Fellowship and was made Lecturer in 2012, Senior Lecturer in 2014 and Reader in 2016. From 2014-19, Chris holds an EPSRC ‘Research Fellowship for Growth’ in solidification processing of alloys for sustainable manufacturing. He was the recipient of the Frank-Fitzgerald Medal (2009) and the Silver Medal (2010) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Crystal Growth. Much of his research involves industrial collaboration. Industrial partners on recent collaborations include Nihon Superior Co., Ltd., AWE plc, and Hydro Aluminium.
Research Interests: Alloy solidification applied to casting and electronic soldering with interests including: Mushy-zone mechanics; X-ray imaging of solidification phenomena; Nucleation; Eutectics; Intermetallic crystal growth; High-pressure die casting.
Professor of Corrosion Science and Engineering, University Manchester
Address: School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 4832
Xiaorong Zhou is currently a Professor of Corrosion Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester. He graduated from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Hunan University in 1983, and obtained his MSc in Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1986 and his PhD in Corrosion Science and Engineering from UMIST in 1994. His research focuses on corrosion control of light alloys and novel surface engineering for functionality and corrosion protection through detailed understanding of the relationship between microstructure and performance using innovative 2D and 3D electron microscopy approaches. He has published over 200 papers, and received the Jim Kape Memorial Medal of the Institute of Metal Finishing in2001. Xiaorong is a CoPI on the EPSRC LATEST2 – Light Alloys Towards Enviromentally Sustainable Transport 2 Programme Grant, where he leads research activity on corrosion control and surface engineering of light alloys. He has also led a number of other significant research initiatives funded by EPSRC, TSB and has major industrial collaborations with Novelis, Sapa, Constellium, Rio Tinto Alcan, Tata, Airbus, BIAM and Ford.
Professor of Materials,University of Leeds
Address: 127 Engineering Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Phone: +44(0)113 343 2568
Professor Andrew Mullis’s career has been dedicated to research into advanced materials, particularly with regard to the solidification processing of metals far from equilibrium (rapid solidification). This research has been pursued through both experimental studies and numerical simulation, with these two approaches being seen as complimentary, the experiments acting as validation for the models and the models informing which experiments would be most valuable. His research has been supported by a range of sponsors including EPSRC, European Commission, European Space Agency, Wolfson Foundation and The Royal Society.
Research interests: Focus around the study of crystallisation in metallic materials, experimental solidification studies – semi-solid processing and rapid solidification, phase-field morphologies.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Scientific Computing, Leeds University
Address: University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Telephone: +44 (0)113 3432002
Peter Jimack is Professor of Scientific Computing in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds. His research interests focus on the development, analysis and application of efficient and reliable algorithms for the numerical solution of partial differential equations and systems. He has particular expertise in discretization techniques such as finite element methods [2,3] and adaptive meshing [1,3], and in solution techniques such as multigrid [1,2] and other multilevel schemes . In each of these areas he has developed and successfully applied a wide variety of parallel algorithms .
Since joining Leeds in 1990 Peter has graduated more than 25 PhD students, published well over 100 refereed journal and international conference papers and obtained a broad range of funding from UK/EU Government and from industry (the total value of his awards exceeding £20M, with over £5M as Principle Investigator). One of the main application areas for his research is in Fluid Dynamics, where he is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds. He is currently an Associate Editor for the SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing and has served on many other journal and international conference editorial boards and funding committees. Since 2010 Peter has had the role of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds.
Professor in BCAST, Brunel University
Professor Dmitry Eskin (1963) joined Brunel University and BCAST in January 2011. He received his Engineering and PhD degrees in Russia and worked in Russian Academy of Sciences (1988–1999). Since 1999, he was a Fellow in Materials innovation institute</a> and since 2008 also an Associate Professor in Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). He also holds positions of Guest Professor at Tomsk State University (Russia), Editor of Journal of Alloys and Compounds (Elsevier), Subject Editor of JOM (Springer/TMS), Key Reader of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (TMS) and “Advances in Metallic Alloys” Series Editor (CRC Press). Prof. Eskin is a well-known specialist in physical metallurgy and solidification processing of light alloys, author and co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, 5 patents and 6 monographs. Current interests include fundamentals of ultrasonic processing on light alloys and composite materials, solidification processing and direct-chill casting. Prof. Eskin is a recipient of Warren Peterson Cast Shop Technology for Aluminum Production Award (2011, 2013) and Aluminum Technology Award (2013) from TMS (USA).
Research interests: Physical processing of molten light alloys under the influence of external Fields (Exomet, FP7). Development of efficient and scalable ultrasound-assisted solidification technologies for manufacturing advanced metallic alloys (Ultra-Cast. EPSRC). New model of the third cycle in engineering education due to Bologna Process in BY, RU, UA (NetCEng, Tempus, FP7).
Reader in BCAST, Brunel University
Dr N. Hari Babu is a Reader at Brunel University London. Prior to this he held various research fellowships and EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His expertise is in processing of ceramic and metallic superconducting materials; solidification of light alloys and composites; grain refinement in Al and Mg alloys, metallurgical aspects of recycling of Al and Mg alloys and physical/mechanical property characterisation. He has published over 200 papers. He holds 6 patents (two of them licensed to industry). Over the last 5 years, he has been extensively involved in industrial scale trials at UK, Germany, Italy, Japan and China foundries using newly developed grain refiners. He was awarded the PASREG award of excellence in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the development and characterisation of bulk high temperatures superconductors. His work on grain refinement received Innovation Award from Cast Metals Federation (2015) and Charles Hatchett Award (2016) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has delivered a number of invited and keynote lectures at worldwide Universities, Institutes and International conferences organised in Europe, USA, Japan, China and India.
Research Interests: Solidification process, grain refinement & crystal growth. High temperature superconducting materials. Magnetic properties of superconductors. Nano-structured materials. High temperature ceramics. Metal-matrix and ceramic-matrix composite. Electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells.
Senior Lecturer in BCAST, Brunel University
Dr Yan Huang joined BCAST at Brunel University as a lecturer in 2010. He obtained his PhD in 1990 in Materials Engineering at Northeastern University, China, where he also served as a lecturer and associate professor. He then moved to Manchester, UK, where he worked at the University of Manchester as a research fellow until recently. During 2004-2010, he also worked for Confae Technology Ltd, UK, as a technical manager. His research has been mainly concerned with the microstructures and textures developed during thermomechanical processing of aluminium and other alloys, with particular interest in the grain boundary behaviour, severe plastic deformation and the application of high resolution Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) to the quantification of microstructures. He has a good record of publication and extensive experience in managing both fundamental research and commercially driven development projects.
Research Interests: Current interests include the development of advanced casting technologies such as Twin Roll Casting of light alloys, microstructure and texture characterization by EBSD, combined and optimized solidification and themomechanical processing and the related thermodynamics.
Lecturer in BCAST, Brunel University
Dr Brian McKay is a newly appointed lecturer in BCAST at Brunel University. Prior to this he was a university assistant at the Institute of Casting Research (ICR), University of Leoben, Austria (2003-2009) and a research fellow at UMIST (2003). He obtained his DPhil from Oxford University, MSc from The Queens University of Belfast and BEng from the University of Ulster. He has over 10 years experience in solidification research and has published over 20 papers, mainly in internationally peer-reviewed journals. His research interests have been centred on understanding heterogeneous nucleation during solidification, which has included the characterisation of Al/TiB2 interfaces by transmission electron microscopy and the development of ZrB2 based grain refiners for Mg-Al based alloys. In 2006, Brian as a co-author received the TMS Magnesium Application Award for a paper entitled Preliminary investigation on the grain refinement behaviour of ZrB2 particles in Mg-Al alloys. During his 6 years as a university assistant in Leoben, he helped steer the solidification research activities at the ICR and developed many links with the metal casting industry. This has allowed him to obtain extensive knowledge of, and wider skills in, various casting processes.
Research Interests: Heterogeneous nucleation during solidification. Grain refinement. Casting practices. Electron microscopy.