Patrick Grant FREng
Cookson Professor of Materials
Patrick Grant's research interests concern understanding the complex underlying physics during materials processing in order to manipulate microstructure, extract maximum economic benefit and impose process control. Much of his research is focused on detailed investigations of novel manufacturing routes and materials utilising liquid droplets, powders and nanomaterials, using a combination of experimentation on large scale facilities, on-line process diagnostics and numerical simulation. All the research work involves close collaboration with industry.
Patrick Grant received a B.Eng in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Nottingham University in 1987 and a D.Phil in Materials from Oxford University in 1991. After holding a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and then Lectureship in the Department of Materials, Oxford University, he became Cookson Professor of Materials in 2004. He is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.
From 1999 to 2004, he was Director of the Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites (OCAMAC) that helps to coordinate industrial materials related research across Oxford University, and was Director of Faraday Advance from 2000 until 2007 when it became the Transport Node of the Materials KTN and he became Executive Director. He was one of the founding academics of the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford University, now a major regional and international hub for innovation and close industrial-university collaboration. He is currently Associate Head (Research) of the Maths, Physical and Life Sciences Division at Oxford University.
Professor Grant was a member of 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel for Metallurgy and Materials and is a member of the Materials & Structures National Technical Committee. He advises the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the Strategic Advisor Network, the Fusion Advisory Board, and the Manufacturing the Future Strategic Advisory Team. He is a consultant to a speciality materials manufacturing company in the Far East and a member of Rolls-Royce's Materials, Manufacture and Structures Advisory Board.
Professor Patrick Grant FREng