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Professor Liam Blunt has an honours degree in Materials Technology and a PhD in "The Metallurgy of Centreless Ground surfaces" under the supervision of Dr Wilf Tomlinson at Coventry University. Prof Blunt also spent one year working as a metallurgist in failure analysis at AMTAC Laboratories in Manchester.

His Academic experience includes Post Doctoral period  at Warwick University  covering Microscopy of Thick and Thin Film Superconductors.  Prof Blunt then moved onto Birmingham University  in 1990 to work on the development of a multi properties materials tester. Whilst at Birmingham he developed an interest in tribology and surface metrology. Eventually Prof Blunt secured a lectureship and developed his research in the field of surface metrology.

In 1997 Prof Blunt moved to Huddersfield and began developing the Centre for Precision Technologies. As well as teaching in the area of Materials and Manufacturing processes. During this period the CPT has expanded from three researchers to a thirty strong activity Prof Blunt has formed extensive industrial collaborations in particular with Taylor Hobson Ltd a world  leading metrology company. Prof Blunt held the Taylor Hobson Chair of Surface Metrology 2002-2012. Prof Blunt is the Unit of Assessment Co-ordintor for Engineering and Director of the Centre for Precision Engineering.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Surface micro and nano metrology
  • Tribology and Metrology Medical Implants
  • Development of Precision Abrasive Processes
  • Forensic Metrology for Ballistics
  • Development of standards
  • Roll 2 Roll Manufacture and Metrology

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Thin Films
  • Nanotechnology
  • Material Characteristics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surface Characterisation
  • Surface Modification
  • Surface Analysis
  • Surface Properties

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Projects 2011 2023

Future Advanced Metrology Hub

Jiang, X., Martin, H., Longstaff, A., Kadirkamanathan, V., Turner, M. S., Keogh, P., Scott, P., McLeay, T., Blunt, L., Zeng, W., Huntley, J. M., Bills, P., Fletcher, S., Gao, F., Coupland, J. M., Kinnell, P., Mahfouf, M. & Mullineux, G.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

ESPRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology

Jiang, X., Blunt, L., Longstaff, A., Towns-Andrews, L., Scott, P., Myers, A., Fletcher, S. & Ball, A.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2004 2018

Machine vibrations
machine tools
Error correction

The use of areal surface topography characterisation in relation to fatigue performance

Zabala, A., Blunt, L., Tato, W., Aginagalde, A., Gomez, X. & Llavori, I. 25 May 2018 In : MATEC Web of Conferences. 165, 6 p., 14013

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surface topography
Fatigue of materials
Surface roughness
Surface measurement
Stress concentration
8 Citations
Open Access
3D printers
X rays

Atomistic investigation of FIB-induced damage in diamond cutting tools under various ion irradiation conditions

Tong, Z., Jiang, X., Bai, Q. & Blunt, L. 26 May 2017 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, EUSPEN 2017. Phillips, D. (ed.). euspen, p. 95-96 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Diamond cutting tools
Focused ion beams
Ion bombardment
ion irradiation

Calibration of an Interferometric Surface Measurement System on an Ultra-Precision Turning Lathe

Li, D., Jiang, X., Blunt, L., Tong, Z. & Ding, F. 1 Jan 2017 Laser Metrology and Machine Performance XII - 12th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM and Robotic Performance, LAMDAMAP 2017. euspen, p. 252-255 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Surface measurement
machine tools
Machine tools
Machine vibrations

Activities 2006 2018

  • 14 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk

Characterization of Defects/Porosity in Additive Manufactured Components Using Computer Tomography

Bills, P. (Speaker), Racasan, R. (Speaker), Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Blunt, L. (Speaker)
1 Oct 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Detection of Unmelted Power in Additive Manufactured Components Using Computer Tomography

Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Racasan, R. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Bills, P. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Blunt, L. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Areal Surface Texture Measurement of Additively Manufactured Parts

Townsend, A. (Speaker), Pagani, L. (Speaker), Bills, P. (Speaker), Blunt, L. (Speaker)
3 May 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

Functional Modelling of Water Vapour Transmission Through Surface Defects Surface Segmentation Analysis

Blunt, L. (Speaker), Mohamed Elrawemi (Speaker)
2 Mar 2015

Activity: Oral presentation