• University of Huddersfield
    HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Click on the Fingerprint icon below to learn more about the research topics, expertise and interests of this academic.

Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
1977 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Degree Supervision

If you are interested in studying for a PhD in this research subject area click here 

For more details about the research topics, expertise and interests of this academic, click on the fingerprint icon

Google Scholar h-Index

36 from 4,511 citations 

Last updated 17th April 2024


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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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
  • Defects in solids
  • Electron microscopy


Dive into the research topics where Steve Donnelly is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or