Research Fellows Directory
Professor Anne Neville
University of Leeds
This research portfolio spans across a diverse range of application areas but central to the research activity is the application of advanced scientific techniques to analyse processes at surfaces. Basic science is being brought together and applied to an engineering challenge.
Across all areas of research the driver is a real engineering issue; in many cases a global challenge faced by a range of companies and/or stakeholders across a particular engineering or medical sector. A substantial amount of funding comes directly from industry and programmes involving companies on a collaborative basis (FP VII, KTP, Innovate UK). Currently there are 16 industry-funded PhD projects and 5 direct industry funded postdoctoral researchers delivering research in the portfolio. Industry engagement is real, substantial and sustainable. There is a strong emphasis on disseminating the key findings of the research work to industry in conjunction with the production of high quality publications appearing in high impact journals.
The research programmes carried out are driven by the need to understand the basic engineering science and the physical and chemical processes behind a surface having a particular function. Some examples are
- Corrosion and the effect on hip joints; we need to understand the interactions between corrosion and wear and we have the first instrumented simulators to measure corrosion in-situ
- Friction in engines is inked to fuel consumption; we are investigating the mechanisms by which friction modifiers provide their function
- Enhancing oil recovery from production wells is a key target to maintain economic advantage; we are investigating how we can prevent the fouling of oil production wells by formation of insolable salts of calcium carbonate and barium sulphate.