Mechanics of Materials (MoM) Research Group

MoM Welcome


The MoM group is led by Prof Bo Chen who took the Professor in Engineering Materials in 2019. The group was established by Prof Frederick Leckie in 1968 and currently has 24 members of academic staff. The group has three, often overlapping, research teams:

I. Modelling-enabled materials engineering

A unique strength of the MoM group is that it consists of colleagues from both materials science and computational mechanics backgrounds. The group is internationally leading in its research on material processing and material behaviour. Our work is underpinned by computational materials science, micro-mechanics and deep machine learning. We are a part of the university research theme on Materials and Nano-materials.

II. Bioengineering and biomaterials

Developing engineering technologies and materials to improve quality of life through better mental and physical health is another strength of the MoM group. About 1/3 of the group's members are working on various projects related to biomedical applications. We lead the Department's cross-cutting theme in Bioengineering and Biomaterials. We are also a part of the university research theme on Life Science Interface and a member of the Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID).

III. Engineering management

This is a developing research area of the MoM group and a cross-cutting theme of the Department. Current research activities revolve around asset management of engineering systems, optimisation of manufacturing systems and effective costing of engineering processes.

Further details of our research activities can be found within web-pages of MoM Group members and this document.


The MoM group hosts the following centres and laboratories


Solution to Industrial Problems

We are keen to provide solutions to industrial problems using our computational and experimental expertise. Informal discussion can be made with the Head of Group. The MoM group has considerable experience in working with the industry. Our current industry links include: Alstom; TWI; Doncasters; Purac; Morgan Matroc; Jaguar; Tata Steel; Ilmor; Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines; Delphi Systems; Pankl Motorsport; Teer Coating; GSK; Caterpillar; Siemens (Lincoln); Doosan Babcock; NPL; NG; Qinetiq; FEI; EoN; RSP (small Dutch firm); Bodycote HIP; Holset; 3M (Atherstone); Perkin-Elmer; Mettler; TA Instruments; Netzsch (Germany); Setram (France); Rolls Royce; Deritend Precision Castings; Centrax; Howmet; Oxley; Federal Mogul; Astra Zeneca; Plansee (Austria); Caleva; Various Police Forces; National Police; Improvement Agency and Frenzak (Poland); University Hospitals of Leicester; Welding Alloys.


PhD applications

We welcome applications from students who wish to study for PhD degrees in any of our research areas. Informal discussion can be made with either the Head of Group or any of the MoM Group members directly. Details of our research activities can be found within the personal web-pages of MoM Group members.

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People in MoM Group

Click here to go to the list of MoM Group members.

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