Pushing materials to their theoretical limit

When working with materials at a very small scale the properties of that material radically change, be they stronger, more flexible or more conductive. Many industries are currently limited by the strength of the materials available to them for manufacturing. A better understanding of material properties at a tiny scale will lead to a completely different route to designing and manufacturing materials. This could lead to extraordinary benefits for architecture, aviation, motoring and other industries.
I'm curious about... "understanding the properties of materials at a tiny scale and how this impacts on their mechanical properties.Dr Finn Giuliani


Dr Finn Giuliani joined Imperial in April 2009 as Joint Lecturer within the Structural Ceramics Centre, a position shared between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials. Prior to this he worked at Linköping University, Sweden where he was an Assistant Professor following a Post Doc. Finn received his PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and has a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Bath.


Dr Finn Giuliani’s work focuses on small-scale mechanical testing particularly at interfaces. I seek to address the following questions:

  • What happens to materials on a microscopic scale and what influences their properties?
  • How can our understanding of materials on a small scale lead to improvements in the properties of materials on a larger scale from strength to ductility?
  • What sort of materials can we create, which can be utilised for 3D printing?
  • What sort of industries can benefit from this research and how can this knowledge be used in design? 

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