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Materials Science and Technology

Celebrating 25 years of publishing in 2010

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Meet the Associate Editors

Andy Horsewell  

Andy Horsewell is Professor of Materials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His interests range widely over materials for advanced products and applications, concentrating on the relationship between the structure of materials and their mechanical properties, such as strength, toughness and durability. This research requires advanced electron microscopy, a long standing interest reflected in his close affiliation to the Centre for Electron Nanoscopy (launched in 2009 with funding from the Møller Foundation, the Centre is a state of the art centre for high resolution electron microscopy and characterisation, housing seven new microscopes.
Andy’s current research includes programmes on carbon nanotubes; Ge clusters in silica glass; nano-porous block co-polymers; use of micro-robots in SEM; stiction; the physical structure of emulsions; manufacture of high strength net shape components; and 3D metrology for micro- and nano-component production; and stresses and cracks in surface coatings.

Andy moved to DTU after completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge and a first degree at the University of Bradford, UK. He has also worked at the Risø National Laboratory in Denmark and spent sabbaticals at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA and EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.





R. Devesh K. Misra holds the Stuller Endowed Chair in Metallurgy and is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. He is head of the University Center for Structural and Functional Materials, which he founded in 2001. His research interests centre on structure–property–process correlations in advanced materials. Current research includes programmes on nanoscale deformation of high strength microalloyed steels; on nanostructured materials (e.g. polymer matrix nanocomposites and synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles); and on surface and interfacial phenomena (e.g. on biomedical materials). Particularly notable is his work over the past 25 years to determine the role of chemistry and microstructure in fracture resistance of iron and its alloys. The relationship developed between fracture toughness and microstructural features, not comprehensively considered at that time, allowed fracture resistance to be maximised in terms of toughness at specified levels of strength of engineering steels, and has been successfully used to enhance the performance of existing steels and develop new commercial steels and processing routes. 

After a first degree at Banaras University, India, Devesh Misra completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Before moving to Lafayette, he worked at the Research and Engineering Center of LTV Steel Corp. in Chicago. He has spent sabbaticals at NIST, the University of Cambridge, the  University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Groningen.


Valerie Randle is Professor of Materials in the Materials Research Centre of the School of Engineering, University of Swansea, UK. Her research interests focus on electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD) and grain boundary engineering. Applications of ESBD have grown markedly in recent years as the technique has developed and become more accessible. Its ability to characterise the orientation and texture of individual grains and sub-grains with high precision provides new insights into texture development and evolution during crystal growth, phase transformations and processing of materials. Grain boundary engineering seeks to tailor the structure of grain boundaries to optimise the resistance of alloys to deformation and corrosion, particularly at elevate temperatures.

Val completed her PhD at University of Cardiff before moving to Swansea. She is the author of standard texts on texture  determination, EBSD and the coincidence site lattice in grain boundary engineering. She is a recipient of the Rosenhain Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.


Philip Withers is Professor of Materials Science in the School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK and Director of the University of Manchester’s Aerospace Research Institute (UMARI), a cross-departmental centre of excellence in aerospace research and innovation. His main interests lie in the application of advanced techniques to assess the structural integrity of engineering materials and components, and hence the influence of materials manufacturing and processing on integrity. This involves determination of the residual stresses and the presence and location of defects within structures, as well as the effect of the externally applied stresses experienced in service, employing in situ neutron and synchrotron X-ray imaging techniques such as diffraction and micro- and nano-tomography. He helped to set up the FaME38 Engineering Centre in Grenoble as well as founding a Unit for Stress and Damage Characterisation in Manchester.

Current research interests include metal matrix composites, laser peening, linear, rotational and friction stir welding of Al, Ni and Ti materials, modelling and mitigation of weld residual stresses, crack tip field displacement mapping, stress related transformations (including ferroelectric and shape memory transitions).

Philip moved to Manchester from Cambridge University where he completed his PhD on residual stresses in composite materials. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the Rosenhain Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The two part review on residual stress, written with Harry Bhadeshia and published in 1991, remains among MST’s most cited papers [April 1991, Vol. 17: Part 1, pp. 355–365; Part 2: pp. 366–375 – currently free to view]. He is also co-Editor of International Materials Reviews.