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Biography

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

External positions

Editorial Board IOP Journal Surface

10 Jul 2015 → …

European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology

1 May 2012 → …

Keywords

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

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Projects 2011 2023

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.

1/09/1128/02/17

Project: ResearchResearch Council

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.

1/10/1630/09/23

Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 1988 2019

A methodology for 3D geometrical characterisation of microfluidic channels using optical microscopy

Medeossi, F., Senin, N., Balcon, M., Carmignato, S., Savio, E. & Blunt, L., 6 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 29, 4, 045011.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Microfluidics
Optical microscopy
Surface topography
Lithography
Microscopes
1 Citation (Scopus)

Areal topography measurement of metal additive surfaces using focus variation microscopy

Newton, L., Senin, N., Gomez, C., Danzl, R., Helmli, F., Blunt, L. & Leach, R., Jan 2019, In : Additive Manufacturing. 25, p. 365-389 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Topography
Microscopic examination
Metals
Textures
Powders

Hot-melt extrusion process impact on polymer choice of glyburide solid dispersions: The effect of wettability and dissolution

Alshafiee, M., Aljammal, M. K., Markl, D., Ward, A., Walton, K., Blunt, L., Korde, S., Pagire, S. K., Kelly, A. L., Paradkar, A., Conway, B. R. & Asare-Addo, K., 25 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 559, p. 245-254 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wettability
Glyburide
Powder Diffraction
Polymers
Differential Scanning Calorimetry
Open Access
File
3D printers
Tomography
Electron beam melting
X rays
Specific surface area

The effect of primer cap material on ballistic toolmark evidence

Addinall, K., Zeng, W., Bills, P., Wilcock, P. & Blunt, L., 8 Mar 2019, In : Forensic Science International. 298, p. 149-156 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Research
Datasets

Activities 2006 2019

  • 24 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 2 Poster presentation

Optimization of surface determination to improve the accuracy of detecting unfused powder in AM Aluminium component

Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Christopher Dawson (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Desi Bacheva (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Feb 201915 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Advanced Cutting Tools and Process Optimization Strategies for Ultra-Precision Machining of Functional Surfaces

Zhen Tong (Invited speaker), Jane Jiang (Invited speaker), Liam Blunt (Invited speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Methodology for Assessment of Surgically Induced Stem Taper Distortion

Karl Dransfield (Speaker), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
10 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPoster presentation

Optimization of surface determination to improve the detection of unfused powder in SLM Aluminium 3D printed component.

Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Ahmed Tawfik (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
2 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Optimization of surface determination to improve the detection of unfused powder in SLM Aluminium 3D printed component

Liam Blunt (Speaker), Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Radu Racasan (Speaker)
2 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPoster presentation