Student Cohort 2017

/Student Cohort 2017
Student Cohort 2017 2018-03-08T15:46:32+00:00

Our PhD students will lead the UK, in particular the aerospace and energy sectors, to new levels of innovation

Ivan Bisterov

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering.

I am currently based at the University of Nottingham where my work is focused on modification and functionalisation of metal surfaces via electrochemical jet processing.

I hope that my research will help mature this technique for industrial applications and hence provide low-cost surface engineering capability for high-value components in the aerospace and biomedical industries.

Craig Melton

I studied a M.Sc. in Corrosion Control Engineering at The University of Manchester in 2013 and have been working in the Oil and Gas industry as a Corrosion Engineer till now.

 I am currently based at the University of Leicester and working with The Welding Institute to develop a Self Monitoring Coating System.

 I am hoping that this work will streamline inspection regimes and reduce unplanned maintenance which in turn will reduce the cost of energy for all consumers.

Samira Moghadam Arya

I obtained my Masters degree in Computer Science with merit from the University of Birmingham in 2006. I am currently pursuing my PhD through the Impact Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Dr. William Griffiths and Professor Hanshan Dong.

My research involves understanding the formation of double oxide film defects and their behaviour in the liquid metal aluminium, particularly with the addition of molybdenum or tungsten, two elements recently discovered to be beneficial in this respect.

It is hoped that the research outcome could enable designers to utilise a reduced cross-sectional thickness of cast parts and reduce parts weight and costs.

To achieve this, I will be using various testing and characterisation techniques such as tensile testing, fracture surface examination using SEM and TEM, cryogenic milling, X-Ray Diffraction and Pore Gas Analysis to better understand the nature of the oxide film defects.

Kyle Nicholls

I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2017 with a 2:1 MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering.

I am now pursuing a PhD with the IMPaCT centre at the University of Leicester in investigating the influence of cryogenic processing parameters on the mechanical properties and wear performance of engineering materials.

The aim of my work is to understand the microstructural changes that occur during cryogenic heat treatments of metals and to further understand how this directly affects the mechanical properties the metals then exert.

James Owen


Nicholas Watts

I graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) MEng, in mechanical engineering from the University of Leicester in 2017.

I am now based at the University of Leicester, with the IMPaCT CDT where my project is based on electrodeposited Cobalt Tungsten coatings and the links between deposition, composition, and nanostructure among other things.

Eddie Wilson-Hebben