Current Members


The following people are affiliated with Oxford Solid Mechanics.


hamza alawiye

Hamza Alawiye

DPhil Student, Mathematical Institute

Diana Avadanii
Diana Avadanii
DPhil Student, Department of Earth Sciences
Diana's interested in grain-boundary sliding in Earth Materials, and mechanical properties of grain boundaries in Earth Materials. Particularly olivine (main constituent of the upper mantle) and pyroxene (second most important constituent in the upper mantle) and how their micromechanical properties scale up and influence large scale geodynamics. In order to investigate this she is currently designing experiments within the Rock Rheology (Earth Science) and Micromechanics groups (Materials). 
John Ball

John Ball

Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Department of Mathematics

John Ball's main research areas lie in elasticity theory, the calculus of variations, and infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. He established the first global existence theorems for nonlinear elastostatics and developed a rigorous theory of cavitation in solids. With R.D. James (Minneapolis) he proposed and analyzed a mathematical theory of martensitic microstructure based on nonlinear elasticity and the calculus of variations, and analyzed a new mechanism for hysteresis in solids based on geometric incompatibility of parent and product phases. John Ball's homepage.


Olga Barrera

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering

Olga Barrera is a postdoctoral research assistant working within the solid mechanics and material engineering group. Her research focuses on computational material modelling and computational solid mechanics. Olga Barrera's homepage.

Harvey Burd

Harvey Burd

University Lecturer in Engineering Science, Department of Engineering

Harvey Burd's research interests include the development of numerical methods for the the analysis of problems in soil mechanics and soil/structure interaction. He also works on modelling procedures to study the mechanics of the human eye. Harvey Burd's homepage.

Jon Chapman

Jon Chapman

Chair of Mathematics and its Applications, Department of Mathematics

As a member of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM), John Chapman has been exposed to a wide variety of modelling problems. He is an expert in mathematical modelling and asymptotic analysis, and has contributed to the theory of dislocations, the macroscopic theory of superconductivity, exponential asymptotics, ray theory and the theory of diffraction, and hydrodynamic stability. Jon Chapman's homepage.

Gui-Qiang Chen

Gui-Qiang Chen

Statutory Chair in the Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, Department of Mathematics

Gui-Qiang Chen's research interests include the analysis of formation and propagation of singularities (such as shock waves) and well-posedness issues for global solutions with singularities in solid/fluid mechanics. Chen is also interested in the development and application of modern mathematical methods to the understanding of the behaviour of solid/fluid matter (including singularity, regularity, structure, weak continuity, concentration, etc.) and related important mathematical problems in solid/fluid mechanics. Gui-Qiang Chen's homepage.


Huanming Chen

Haunming is a MSc research student in Solid Mechanics and Material Group, Department of Engineering Science, supervised by Professor Clive Siviour. His current project is focusing on the Experimental and Numerical Modelling works in particulated polyurethane polymer. His interests also lie on the mechanical responses and properties of time-temperature superposition to impact polymers with high-strain rate.


Ying-chun Chen (Ruby)

DPhil Student, NDORMS

Ying-chun is a DPhil student working for Dr. Cameron Brown and Prof. Eamonn Gaffney. She is interested in developing a cartilage structural model to explore the mechanostructural of cartilage in early osteoarthritis disease. She is currently the junior rep for NDORMS. Ying-chun Chen's homepage.

Alan Cocks

Alan Cocks

Professor of Materials Engineering, Department of Engineering

Alan Cocks' research interests include micromechanical and computational modelling of the deformation and failure processes of engineering materials, particularly at elevated temperatures, and the modelling of material processing procedures. Alan Cocks' homepage.


Ines Collings

DPhil Student, Department of Chemistry

Ines Collings is a member of Andrew Goodwin's group in the Chemistry Department. Her research involves investigating the structure-property relationships in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). In particular, her interest lies in determining general rules and design principles we can apply on MOFs to predict their mechanical properties. The experimental work involves variable-temperature diffraction, carried out in-house, at the diamond synchrotron or at the ISIS neutron source. Ines Collings' homepage.

Sonia Antoranz Contera

Sonia Contera

University Lecturer/Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Sonia Contera is co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology at the Oxford Martin School. Sonia Contera's research lies at the interface of biological physics, nanotechnology and biomedicine, from e.g. single molecule nanomechanics to the design of nanoscaffolds for tissue engineering. Sonia is particularly interested in experimental quantitative mechanical characterisation of tissues, live cells, membranes and membrane proteins using atomic force microscopy and force spectroscopy. Sonia Contera's homepage.

Simone Falco

Simone Falco

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Science

Simone Falco is a postdoctoral research assistant in the solid mechanics and material engineering group, and member of the Impact Engineering Team, led by Professor Nik Petrinic. His research focuses mainly on studying, with a combined experimental and numerical approach, the behaviour of ceramic materials at multiple scales, from the generation of representative models of real microstructures, to the analysis of deformation and failure mechanisms at different strain-rates. His interests also include the modelling of manufacturing processes.

Andrew Goodwin

Andrew Goodwin

University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry Department

Andrew Goodwin leads a Materials Chemistry research group in Oxford's Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. His primary research interests are in understanding and exploiting the dual effects of structural flexibility and structural disorder on the properties of functional materials. Andrew Goodwin's homepage.

Alain Goriely

Alain Goriely

Chair of Mathematical Modelling, Department of Mathematics

Alain Goriely's research in mathematical methods, nonlinear dynamics, and theoretical mechanics has led him to collaborate closely with scientists from many other disciplines such as engineering, biology, medical sciences, chemistry, and physics. His current research includes the mechanics of biological growth and its applications to plants and physiology; the mathematical foundation of elasticity; the dynamics of curves, knots, and rods; the design of proteins; the modelling of cancer; the data analysis of genomics experiments; and the development of mathematical methods for applied sciences. Alain Goriely's homepage.

Guy Houlsby

Guy Houlsby

Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Department, Department of Engineering

Guy Houlsby's research interests are in geotechnical engineering, principally in the design of offshore foundations, in-situ testing, reinforced soil and tunnelling. He also works on the applications of numerical methods (both finite element analysis and other methods) to solution of geotechnical problems, and on the development of constitutive models for soils. Guy Houlsby's homepage.

Jane Chia Chen Hsu

Chia-Chen (Jane) Hsu

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Science

Chia-Chen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. Her research is focused on the interface of cell-biomaterials, stem cell differentiation, and development of tissue engineered scaffolds. She is particularly interested in the development of novel bioengineered platforms for treating neural diseases and translational studies for future clinical applications. Chia-Chen's Linkedin profile.

John Huber

John Huber

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering

John Huber has research interests in active materials, specialising in modelling and experimentation with piezoelectric and ferroelectric ceramics. The main themes in this research are the development of nonlinear and electromechanically coupled material models, experimental testing of the models, and applications in the design of devices such as thin film memories and actuators. John Huber's homepage.

Antoine Jerusalem

Antoine Jérusalem

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering, and Affiliate Researcher, Department of Mathematics

Antoine Jérusalem's research activities have focused on computational modeling of many types of materials and structures, ranging from nanocrystalline and HCP metals to composite materials with a strong recent focus on neuron mechanico-electrophysiological modeling. His modeling activities involve the development and use of advanced numerical techniques such as massive parallel computation, multiphysics coupling, multiscale algorithms, XFEM, DG method, GPU solvers, etc. Antoine Jérusalem's homepage.

Alexander Korsunsky

Alexander Korsunsky

Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering

Alex Korsunsky is interested in deformation, strength and failure of materials and structures across the scales. He has published on analytical and numerical methods in contact and fracture mechanics; creep, plasticity and residual stress analysis; indentation, hardness and tribology. His current experimental interests concern the methods for structure and deformation analysis, particularly involving beams of atoms, ions, neutrons or photons (including synchrotron X-rays), e.g. for "rich" tomography and 3D strain analysis. Alexander Korsunsky's homepage.


Emily Kwong

DPhil Student, Department of Engineering

Emily Kwong is a member of the Computational Mechanics of Materials Group in the Engineering Science Department. Her principal research interests are in developing and validating a neurite growth model, and electrophysiology. Emily Kwong's homepage.


Bo-Shiuan Li

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Materials

Bo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. His work is centred around developing micro-mechanical testing and high-resolution electronbackscatter diffraction techniques (HR-EBSD) for understanding of the deformation mechanisms of advanced engineering materials. He is currently looking at tungsten (and alloys), high-entropy alloys, and nickel-based superalloys. 


Dongli Li

DPhil Student, Department of Engineering

Dongli Li is a member of the Computational Mechanics of Materials Group in the Engineering Science Department. Her research area is numerical modeling of shock wave interactions with kidney cells. Dongli Li's homepage.


Christopher Magazzeni

1851 Industrial Fellow, DPhil Student, Department of Materials

Christopher is developing methods for local property assessment of advanced manufacturing methods such as Linear Friction Welding and Additive Manufacturing. Using nano-indentation mapping and meso-scale ultra-high cycle fatigue testing, he aims to better understand the durability and reliability of these components in aerospace applications.


David Nowell

Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering

David Nowell has a wide range of research interests in solid mechanics, from both analytical and experimental perspectives. These include fatigue, fracture, contact mechanics, and residual stress. David has considerable experience of applications in the aerospace industry, and was Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Solid Mechanics between 1999 and 2009. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Fatigue and of 'Strain'. David Nowell's homepage.


Hilary Ockendon

Emeritus Fellow, Somerville College

Hilary Ockendon holds interests in solid mechanics and materials: Modelling the behaviour of metals under very high strain rates; modelling the dynamic response of fibre assemblies. Hilary Ockendon's homepage.


Antonio Pellegrino

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Engineering

Antonio Pellegrino is a postdoctoral research assistant working within the solid mechanics and material engineering group. He is a member of the Impact Engineering Team led by Professor Nik Petrinic. His research activities concentrate on the high strain rate experimental characterisation of syntactic foams, novel titanium alloys, abradable coatings, nickel alloys, granular materials, ceramics. His interests also include research on the mechanical response of animal and human eye lenses. He is currently the chair of the Junior Steering Committee. Antonio Pellegrino's Linkedin profile.


Susan Perkin

University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College, University of Oxford Faculty of Chemistry

Susan studied for an MChem at St. Johns College, Oxford (1998-2002, Academic Scholar), then for a DPhil in the research group of Professor Jacob Klein (2002-2006, with Senior Scholarship at Balliol College). She was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford (2005-2008), then appointed as RCUK Academic Fellow at University College London (2007-2012). In 2012 Susan returned to the Faculty of Chemistry at Oxford to take up an Associate Professorship, which she holds in combination with the Tutorial Fellowship at Trinity College. Susan Perkin's homepage.


Nik Petrinic

Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering

Nik Petrinic lectures on topics in Solid Mechanics and Structural Engineering. Prof Petrinic's research activities are focused on the integration of experimental and numerical modelling methods in Impact Engineering, thus providing capability for experimental characterisation and predictive numerical modelling of constitutive material response to rapidly applied loading. Prof Petrinic leads Oxford's Impact Engineering Team which is currently involved with a number of research projects funded by the public and commercial organisations in the UK and internationally, involving strain rate dependent material response, strain localisation, damage and dynamic fracture in materials and systems for aerospace, automotive, marine and defence applications. Nik Petrinic's homepage.


João Sahadi

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Engineering Science

João Sahadi focussed in Plasticity during his Bachelor's degree in Automotive Engineering at the University of Brasília (UnB), more specifically he studied the effects of the third deviatoric stress invariant. For his Master's, also at UnB, he assessed non-conventional yield criteria in association with fracture indicators regarding their ability to correctly point out the fracture onset. Currently Sahadi is reading for a DPhil at the University of Oxford. His research, in partnership with Rolls-Royce plc., investigates the effects of multiaxial stress states on the fatigue life of aero engine disks made of nickel based superalloys.


Ding Shin Huang

DPhil Student, Department of Engineering

Ding Shin Huang is a member of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering group in the Engineering Department. His principal research interests include theoretical and computational modelling of hot cracking in welding as part of the EU MINTWELD project. He is also interested in additive manufacturing for high-strength metallic applications.


Clive Siviour

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering

Clive Siviour joined the Department of Engineering in 2005, having completed a Doctorate in the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Dr Siviour's research focuses on experimental characterisation of the response of materials and structures to impact loading. He has a particular interest in polymers and other difficult to characterise materials, and in developing novel experimental techniques for better understanding these systems. Dr Siviour's research is funded by Rolls-Royce, the EPSRC, and the Leverhulme Trust. Clive Siviour's homepage.


Nic Smith

Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science

Nic Smith's research is characterised by the development of integrated multi-scale and multi-physics models mainly of the heart, which provide the ability to link biophysically detailed experimental data to integrated function from sub-cellular to the whole organ level. Within the scope of this work he has developed computational techniques to enable specific model developments that have in turn been applied to provide insight into cardiac physiology. His research has been focused on cardiac electrophysiology and contraction at the cellular level, and the multi-scale translation of these models to enable coronary blood flow, cardiac electro-mechanics and coupled tissue mechanics-ventricular blood flow simulations at the organ level. Nic is currently a central contributor to the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Project sponsored by the European Commission working to develop integrated multi-scale computational models of organ systems. Nic Smith's homepage.


Adam Stones

DPhil Student, Department of Chemistry

Adam Stones' homepage.


Endre Süli

Professor of Numerical Analysis, Department of Mathematics

Endre Süli has contributed to the theory of finite difference and finite volume approximation of distributional solutions of PDEs, the mathematical analysis of characteristic- and evolution-Galerkin methods for nonlinear conservation laws, h- and hp-adaptive finite element approximation of hyperbolic and mixed elliptic-hyperbolic problems, the numerical analysis of infinite-dimensional dynamical systems, the theory of multiscale, stabilized and discontinuous finite element methods, and the mathematical and numerical analysis of non-Newtonian and polymeric flows. Endre Süli's homepage.

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Jin-Chong Tan

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering

Jin-Chong Tan's research centres on the thermo-mechanical behaviour of nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), nanocomposites, soft matter, and various nanomaterials. He employs nanomechanical characterisation techniques (nanoindentation, AFM), Brillouin scattering, far-IR spectroscopy, and neutron scattering, in combination with computational modelling (DFT, FEM) to gain insights into fundamental structure-property relationships of complex nanostructured materials. Jin-Chong Tan's homepage.

Edmund Tarleton

Ed Tarleton

EPSRC Fellow, Department of Materials

Ed specialises in discrete dislocation plasticity and the crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM). He develops dislocation based models of engineering alloys. Ed Tarleton's homepage.


Akash Trivedi

DPhil Student in the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group working with Clive Siviour on characterising the high strain rate properties of polymers and their composites. Previously studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial and worked as a secondary school Physics teacher, Akash has a keen interest in applying his research to various fields, most notably space and biomechanics. His long term ambition is to facilitate the human exploration of space through greater scientific understanding. Akash Trivedi's homepage.


Dominic Vella

University Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics

Dominic Vella's research interests span a range of problems in fluid and solid mechanics. Currently his work is focussed on understanding the features of highly developed wrinkling patterns in thin sheets particular motivated by their use in metrological applications. Dominic Vella's homepage.


Martin G Walker

Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College and based at the Department of Engineering Science

Martin's research investigates the influence of creases and other texture on the mechanics of thin sheets. Martin Walker's homepage.


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Justin Wark

Professor of Physics, Department of Physics

Justin Wark's research interests include using ultra-fast (femtosecond to nanosecond) X-ray diffraction to characterise materials subjected to compression at ultrahigh strain rates His work has included observing via in situ nanosecond diffraction the famous shock-induced alpha-epsilon transition in iron, and the direct measure of shear strain in materials shock compressed to megabar pressures. Current interests include using new 4th generation X-ray sources (which are ten billion times brighter than any synchrotron) to watch the evolution of microstructure in real time, and the development of shock-less (quasi-isentropic) laser-driven compression techniques to produce solid-state crystalline matter at pressures up to 30-Mbar, close to ten times greater than can be achieved in diamond anvil cells. The experimental work of his research group is complemented by simulations based on classical molecular dynamics techniques, as well as density functional theory. Justin Wark's homepage.


A list of former members can be found here.