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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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Research Expertise and Interests

  • 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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Research Output

Dual-Beam Irradiation Stability of Amorphous Silicon Oxycarbide at 300°C and 500°C

Su, Q., Greaves, G., Donnelly, S. E., Mizuguchi, S., Ishimaru, M. & Nastasi, M., 2 Sep 2020, In : JOM.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effect of decades of corrosion on the microstructure of altered glasses and their radiation stability

    Mir, A. H., Jan, A., Delaye, J. M., Donnelly, S., Hinks, J. & Gin, S., 15 Apr 2020, In : NPJ Materials Degradation. 4, 9 p., 11.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • In-situ TEM study of irradiation-induced damage mechanisms in monoclinic-ZrO2

    Liu, J., Mir, A. H., He, G., danaie, M., Hinks, J., Donnelly, S., Nordin, H., Lozano-Perez, S. & Grovenor, C. R. M., 15 Oct 2020, In : Acta Materialia. 199, p. 429-442 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ion beam analysis of fusion plasma-facing materials and components: Facilities and research challenges

    Mayer, M., Möller, S., Rubel, M., Widdowson, A., Charisopoulos, S., Ahlgren, T., Alves, E., Apostolopoulos, G., Barradas, N. P., Donnelly, S., Fazinić, S., Heinola, K., Kakuee, O., Khodja, H., Kimura, A., Lagoyannis, A., Li, M., Markelj, S., Mudrinic, M., Petersson, P. & 7 others, Portnykh, I., Primetzhofer, D., Reichart, P., Ridikas, D., Silva, T., Gonzalez De Vicente, S. M. & Wang, Y. Q., 1 Feb 2020, In : Nuclear Fusion. 60, 2, 025001.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Oral presentation

    Advanced Facilities and Techniques I

    Stephen Donnelly (Speaker)

    26 Oct 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Testing radiation resistance without using a nuclear reactor

    Matheus Araujo Tunes, Stephen Donnelly & Jonathan Hinks


    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other