The vision of the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training is aligned closely with EPSRC’s goals of Delivering Prosperity to the UK, particularly in Producing a Productive Nation and SFI’s vision of Ireland in 2020 to derive its wealth from indigenous companies with strong exports and be a preferred trading partner and European portal for emerging and dominant economies. 


We aim to provide a multidisciplinary approach to metallic systems, from Technology Readiness Levels 1-7, across the whole product life cycle, exploiting the wide skills base of the academic team and industrial collaborators; from raw materials to semi-finished products, to forming, joining, surface engineering and functionalisation, the application of computer modelling and data analytics, in-service performance, including environmental degradation, and recycling.

Sub themes

It is expected that research will be carried out under the following sub themes:

Nano-, micro- and meso-scale physical processes

Advancing the fundamental understanding of how nano-, micro- and meso-scale physical processes and microstructures control properties, in order to radically improve industrial processes and advance techniques of modelling and process simulation. 

Development of new innovative materials and processing routes

Development of new innovative materials and processing routes through high risk transformative technologies, to facilitate step changes in performance, cost savings and increased efficiency.

Addressing challenges in energy and sustainability

Addressing challenges in energy and sustainability by the development of advanced metallic solutions and manufacturing technologies for nuclear power, reduced CO2 emissions and renewable energy, for example, through advances in high temperature next generation steam turbines, novel alloys, ultra-efficient diesel and aero engines, weight reduction in transport applications, and the corrosion protection of off-shore wind farms.

Development of novel coatings and surface treatments

Development of novel coatings and surface treatments to protect new light alloys and hybrid structures in hostile environments, to reduce the environmental impact of chemical treatments, to add value and increase functionality.

Innovation with hybrid structures

Innovation with hybrid structures by developing techniques for incorporating metals into more efficient multi-material systems with polymers, laminates, foams, and composites.

Reduction of environmental impact

Reduction of environmental impact through lower energy processing and new materials that address the technical challenges associated with resource efficiency and recyclability.

Click on the links below to see a list of current students, their research topics and industrial collaborators.