Materials Growth and Processing

Our materials growth and processing research develops novel materials and processing methods directed towards applications in high-tech microelectronics, sensing, and sustainability, working in collaboration with key industrial and scientific partners.

About the Research Area

Novel materials coupled with precision processing techniques enable unique functional devices on sub-micron and nanometre length scales. The ability to work at the interface of materials growth and processing, and to utilise a wide variety of processing techniques, including non-equilibrium plasma methods, enables us to access a broad range of parameter space and to develop innovative new materials, composites and structures suited to specific applications. Our wide range of analysis and characterisation techniques provide us with detailed understanding of the scientific basis of the material and device behaviour and these techniques are designed to maximise their relevance to the high-tech manufacturing sector by replicating industrial conditions to give our work maximum impact.

Research Projects

Materials Growth and Processing Publications


XPS, XRD, and SEM characterization of the virgin and recycled metallic powders for 3D printing applications. Gorji, N.E; O’Connor, R; Brabazon, D. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 2019

Evaluation via powder metallurgy of nano-reinforced iron powders developed for selective laser melting applications. Mussatto, A; Groarke, R; A-Hameed, A; Ahad, I.U.I; Vijayaraghavan, R.K; O’Neill, A; McNally, P; Delaure, Y; Brabazon, D. Materials and Design 2019

Effect of surface roughness on CO2 laser absorption by 316L stainless steel and aluminum. Ahmed Obeidi, M; McCarthy, E; Ubani, S.I; Ul Ahad, I; Brabazon, D. Materials Performance and Characterization 2019

Design and build of a tele-operated and robot-assisted multi-material 3D printer system. Issa, A; Elshorafa, M; Aqel, M.O.A; Naim, N; Brabazon, D. Proceedings – 2019 International Conference on Promising Electronic Technologies, ICPET 2019 2019

Improving the surface finish and other properties of engineering metal parts. Obeidi, M.A; McCarthy, E; Ul Ahad, I; Brabazon, D. Key Engineering Materials 2019

In-situ characterisation of nanostructural evolution in L-PBF Ti-6Al-4V via high temperature TEM and XRD analysis. Kaschel, F.R; Smeliov, A; Vijayaraghavan, R.K; Nicolosi, V; McNally, P; Dowling, D.P; Celikin, M. Euro PM 2019 Congress and Exhibition 2019

Surface characterization of poly-2-vinylpyridine – A polymer for area selective deposition techniques. Snelgrove, M; Zehe, C; Lundy, R; Yadav, P; Rueff, J.-P; O’Connor, R; Bogan, J; Hughes, G; McGlynn, E; Morris, M; Mani-Gonzalez, P.G. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films 2019

Corrosion and Wear Resistance of PTFE-Al2O3 Coatings Deposited on Aluminum Alloy by a Microblasting Process. Oladoye, A.M; Carton, J.G; Baroutaji, A; Obeidi, M; Stokes, J; Twomey, B; Olabi, A.G. Minerals, Metals and Materials Series 2019

Thermal analysis of mechanically activated Al-(Fe2O3, MoO3, and MnO2) metastable intermolecular composites. Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Mohammadrezaei Larki, R; Behnamfard, S; Jahangiri Shiviari, P; Brabazon, D. Materials Research Express 2019

Prediction of mechanical properties of graphene oxide reinforced aluminum composites. Dasari, B.L; Brabazon, D; Naher, S. Metals 2019

Fast ferroelectric liquid crystal based optical switch: Simulation and experiments. Sreenilayam, S.P; Brabazon, D; Panarin, Y.P. Crystals 2019

Laser surface texturing for the improvement of press-fit joint bond strength. Ubani, S; Obeidi, M.A; Brabazon, D. AIP Conference Proceedings 2019

Study on the incorporation of ceramic nanoparticles into the semi-solid A356 melt. Behnamfard, S; Khosroshahi, R.A; Brabazon, D; Mousavian, R.T. Materials Chemistry and Physics 2019

A comparison between hot-rolling process and twin-screw rheo-extrusion process for fabrication of aluminum matrix nanocomposite. Behnamfard, S; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Khosroshahi, R.A; Brabazon, D. Materials Science and Engineering A 2019

Coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) study in metal matrix composite of CuSiC vs AlSiC. Arif, M.N; Bukhari, M.Z; Brabazon, D; Hashmi, M.S.J. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 2019

Semi-solid stirring of modified ceramic nanoparticles using iron and nickel in an aluminum A356 melt. Behnamfard, S; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Azari Khosroshahi, R; Taherkhani, K; Brabazon, D. Materials Research Express 2019

Hot rolling effects on as-cast aluminum matrix nanocomposites reinforced by nano-sized ceramic powders. Behnamfard, S; Mousavian, R.T; Khosroshahi, R.A; Brabazon, D. AIP Conference Proceedings 2019

H2O2-assisted photoelectrocatalytic degradation of Mitoxantrone using CuO nanostructured films: Identification of by-products and toxicity. da Rosa, A.P.P; Cavalcante, R.P; da Silva, D.A; da Silva, L.D.M; da Silva, T.F; Gozzi, F; McGlynn, E; Brady-Boyd, A; Casagrande, G.A; Wender, H; de Oliveira, S.C; Junior, A.M. Science of the Total Environment 2019

Advances in selective laser melting of Nitinol shape memory alloy part production. Chekotu, J.C; Groarke, R; O’Toole, K; Brabazon, D. Materials 2019

Characterisation of Electroless Deposited Cobalt by Hard and Soft X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy. Brady-Boyd, A; O’Connor, R; Armini, S; Selvaraju, S; Hughes, G; Bogan, J. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology 2019

Effect of powder metallurgy synthesis parameters for pure aluminium on resultant mechanical properties. Liu, J; Silveira, J; Groarke, R; Parab, S; Singh, H; McCarthy, E; Karazi, S; Mussatto, A; Houghtaling, J; Ahad, I.U; Naher, S; Brabazon, D. International Journal of Material Forming 2019

Nitrogen reactive ion etch processes for the selective removal of poly-(4-vinylpyridine) in block copolymer films. Flynn, S.P; Bogan, J; Lundy, R; Khalafalla, K.E; Shaw, M; Rodriguez, B.J; Swift, P; Daniels, S; O’Connor, R; Hughes, G; Kelleher, S.M. Nanotechnology 2018

Numerical study of the influence of surface reaction probabilities on reactive species in an rf atmospheric pressure plasma containing humidity. Schröter, S; Gibson, A.R; Kushner, M.J; Gans, T; O’Connell, D. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 2018

Laser surface texturing of stainless steel 316L cylindrical pins for interference fit applications. Obeidi, M.A; McCarthy, E; Kailas, L; Brabazon, D. Journal of Materials Processing Technology 2018

Optimizing selective laser sintering process by grey relational analysis and soft computing techniques. Sohrabpoor, H; Negi, S; Shaiesteh, H; Ahad, I; Brabazon, D. Optik 2018

Manufacturing of copper coated SiC ceramic particles for metal matrix composites: Optimizing the electroless deposition parameters. Heidarzadeh, A; Taherzadeh Mousavian, R; Brabazon, D. Materials Research Express 2018

Review of duplex electroless coatings and their properties. Biswas, N; Baranwal, R.K; Majumdar, G; Brabazon, D. Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies 2018

On the use of (3-trimethoxysilylpropyl)diethylenetriamine self-assembled monolayers as seed layers for the growth of Mn based copper diffusion barrier layers. Brady-Boyd, A; O’Connor, R; Armini, S; Selvaraju, V; Hughes, G; Bogan, J. Applied Surface Science 2018