Dr Gill’s work is concerned with the development and application of novel numerical techniques for modelling the mechanics and evolution of material systems.
He has strong interdisciplinary research interests in mechanics, applied maths, structural materials and condensed matter physics. His research interests cover a range of academic and applied activities.
Work on the fundamental understanding of microstructural processes in structural materials includes formation of electrodeposited, hard alloy coatings; evolution of porous structures in nuclear materials and diffusive crack growth in structural ceramics.
He has collaborated with many industrial partners, including Alstom Power, National Physics Laboratory, QinetiQ, Doosan Babcock, E.On and the National Tribology Centre. This industrially-led work included modelling of phase transformations; analysis of the fatigue tolerance; and the development of constitutive models, mainly for nickel-based superalloys.
He is also interested in the mechanics and morphology of nanostructures, especially under the influence of elastic strain. He teaches two core IMPaCT modules in semester one: EG7101 Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams and EG7102 Kinetics and Microstructure Modelling.