The Materials Group in MME includes experts in processing, structural/chemical characterization, mechanical testing, and modelling of metals and ceramics. There are particular research strengths in materials for the Nuclear, Automotive materials, Aerospace, and Energy Conversion industries. Other materials research areas at Queen’s can be found in collaborating Departments – see the links in the side bar.
We have a comprehensive suite of characterisation equipment including:
- Accelerator laboratory: 4MV tandem producing 8MeV H or 12MeV He; for damage or implantation studies.
- Electron Microscopy Laboratory: FEI Osiris FEG-TEM (STEM, EDS, EELS, in situ heating & straining), FEI FEG-Nova NanoSem (EBSD, EDX, in situ heating and straining).
- Mechanical Testing Laboratory (quasi-static; fatigue; fracture; delayed hydride cracking; digital image correlation measurements; nano- and micro-indentation from ambient to elevated temperatures).
- X-ray Laboratory (Xradia micro-CT; texture; diffraction; in situ deformation and heating; thin film).
- A wide range of sample preparation techniques (including 50kV focused ion beam, ion milling, electropolishing, etc.) is also available.