1988 …2023

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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 → …

The European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology

1 May 2012 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Jiang, J., 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: Research

Research Output

In-situ areal inspection of powder bed for electron beam fusion system based on fringe projection profilometry

Liu, Y., Blunt, L., Zhang, Z., Rahman, H. A., Gao, F. & Jiang, X., 1 Jan 2020, In : Additive Manufacturing. 31, 12 p., 100940.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 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

    Open Access
  • An integrated framework of reference for the qualification of personnel in coordinate metrology

    Savio, E., Menoncin, M., Marxer, M., Anwer, N., Hausotte, T., Bills, P. & Blunt, L., 2019, European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 19th International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2019. Nisbet, C., Leach, R. K., Billington, D. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 338-339 2 p.

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

  • A predictive integrated framework based on the radial basis function for the modelling of the flow of pharmaceutical powders

    Alshafiee, M., AlAlaween, W. H., Markl, D., Soundaranathan, M., Almajaan, A., Walton, K., Blunt, L. & Asare-Addo, K., 10 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 568, 11 p., 118542.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


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

    The use of X-Ray Computed Tomography to investigate modification in firearms

    Katie Addinall (Speaker), Andrew Townsend (Speaker), Liam Blunt (Speaker)
    10 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    UV imaging of the drug permeation process in a developed Franz cell

    Kofi Asare-Addo (Speaker), Zayeem Fazili (Speaker), Adam Ward (Speaker), Karl Walton (Speaker), Liam Blunt (Speaker)
    Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral 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

    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

    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

    Press / Media

    Sir Patrick Stewart Boldly Goes into the Metrology Future

    Liam Blunt


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities