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Professor Steve Donnelly has a first degree in Experimental Physics from the University of Liverpool, a Masters degree in Atomic Collisions in Solids from the University of Sussex and a PhD which was sponsored by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and carried out in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Salford.

On completing his PhD studies, Steve spent eight years overseas at the University of Namur in Belgium and then at a government research laboratory (CSIRO Division of Chemical Physics) in Melbourne, Australia before returning to the UK in 1986 to take up a lectureship (and later a readership) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Salford. In 1996, he moved to the Physics Department at Salford as Professor of Experimental Physics and took up various management roles including Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Environment before moving to Huddersfield as Professor of Engineering Materials and Head of Department of Engineering and Technology in 2011. In January 2012, he became acting Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering and was confirmed as the Dean of Computing and Engineering in April 2012.

Steve has spent extended periods working on collaborative projects at a number of laboratories overseas including Argonne National Laboratory in the US, the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan and the University of Poitiers in France. He is a fluent French speaker and has been an external examiner of PhD theses in France, Belgium and Quebec. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, the scientific advisory committee of the French EMIR ion-accelerator network and the international committee of the Ion Beam Modification of Materials conference. He also occasionally participates in strategic reviews of universities for the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) in Saudi Arabia and le Haut Conseil de l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (HCERES) in France.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • The interaction of energetic particles with matter
  • Defects in solids
  • Electron microscopy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Ion beam technology

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  • Material Characteristics
  • Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Thin Films and Nanotechnology
  • Microstructure
  • Advanced Materials
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Materials Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Sputtering
  • Irradiation
  • Ion Implantation
  • Transmission Microscopy

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Projects 2014 2018

Research Output 1990 2019

A candidate fusion engineering material, WC-FeCr

Humphry-Baker, S., Harrison, R., Greaves, G., Knowles, A., Smith, G., Donnelly, S. & Lee, W., Oct 2018, In : Scripta Materialia. 155, p. 129-133 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fusion reactions

Characterisation of helium ion irradiated bulk tungsten: A comparison with the in-situ TEM technique

Harrison, R. W., Peng, N., Webb, R. P., Hinks, J. A. & Donnelly, S. E., 28 Nov 2018, In : Fusion Engineering and Design. 138, p. 210-216 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transmission electron microscopy

Damage microstructure evolution of helium ion irradiated SiC under fusion relevant temperatures

Harrison, R. W., Ebert, S., Hinks, J. A. & Donnelly, S. E., Sep 2018, In : Journal of the European Ceramic Society. 38, 11, p. 3718-3726 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fusion reactions
2 Citations

Effects of crystallographic and geometric orientation on ion beam sputtering of gold nanorods

Hinks, J., Hibberd, F., Hattar, K., Ilinov, A., Bufford, D. C., Djurabekova, F., Greaves, G., Kuronen, A., Donnelly, S. & Nordlund, K., 11 Jan 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 10 p., 512.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ion beams
ion irradiation

Energetic particle irradiation study of TiN coatings: are these films appropriate for accident tolerant fuels?

Tunes, M. A., Da Silva, F. C., Camara, O., Schön, C. G., Sagás, J. C., Fontana, L. C., Donnelly, S. E., Greaves, G. & Edmondson, P. D., 15 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Nuclear Materials. 512, p. 239-245 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

energetic particles

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

Advanced Facilities and Techniques I

Stephen Donnelly (Speaker)
26 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation