My research centres on understanding the fundamental micro-mechanical mechanisms that control the mechanical response of materials, particularly metallics systems for structural applications. I have strong interests in developing SEM based techniques such EBSD, and have contributed to the HR-EBSD method for mapping local stress and dislocation content at the the microstructural level. I am also interested in nano-indentation, micro-cantilever bend testing and micro-pillar compression testing, along with digital image correlation and crystal plasticity modelling. Currently we are working on Ti, Zr, Ni, Steels and High Entropy Alloys and their properties in fatigue, creep and conventional tensile loading conditions.
I am happy to be part of the Oxford Micromechanics Group (OMG) which allows me to work collaboratively with a range of brilliant colleagues - academics, research staff and students. Through the OMG we share not only the physical infrastructure for research (labs, equipment, and code), but more importantly ideas. Having the chance to have regular discussion with others not directly involved in a particular project is a great way to check assumptions, and bring in new ideas and methods.
I came to Materials Science from a BSc in Chemical Physics, and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering both at University of Bristol. I am a first generation academic, being the first from my family to University and the only one so far with a PhD.