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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

External positions

Editorial Board IOP Journal Surface

10 Jul 2015 → …

European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology

1 May 2012 → …


  • 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.


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.


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., 14 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Optical microscopy
Surface topography
1 Citations (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
Microscopic examination

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

Powder Diffraction
Differential Scanning Calorimetry
Open Access
3D printers
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., 27 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Forensic Science International.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2006 2018

  • 20 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk

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

The Effect of Cartridge Material on Ballistic Toolmark Identification

Katie Addinall (Speaker), Wenhan Zeng (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
30 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Detection of Unmelted Power in Additive Manufactured Components Using Computer Tomography

Ahmed Tawfik (Speaker), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Metrology in Bio-Applications

Jane Jiang (Keynote speaker), Paul Bills (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Radu Racasan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Focus Variation with Integrated Form Removal for Forensic Comparison of Bullet Striations

Karl Walton (Speaker), Katie Addinall (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Wenhan Zeng (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Liam Blunt (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation