Ceramics & Inorganic Materials Group

Gordon Laboratory


Research interests in the group are focused on the development of ultra-high temperature materials for use in components in high efficiency gas turbines, as abrasives or as solid lubricants, as well as ultra-hard coatings for dry machining, and include studies of both the properties and processing of materials. Work is carried out in collaboration with a wide range of other universities and companies using both experimental and theoretical techniques to establish materials behaviour over a very wide range of scales.

Current areas of interest include:

  • Plastic flow in complex crystal structures
  • Dislocation motion in borides & carbides
  • Cracking at small-scales
  • Ultra-hard materials for high temperature abrasives and coatings
  • Hysteresis in layered crystal structures
  • Plasticity and cracking in colloidal films