Patrick Grant FREng
Vesuvius Professor of Materials
My research takes place at the interface between advanced materials and manufacturing. Particular applications include electrodes for energy storage and advanced metallics for power generation. Many of my research projects are concerned with solidification behaviour in complex alloys, and/or the use of liquid metal, ceramic or polymer droplet and powder sprays to create unusual materials. The research makes use a combination of experimentation on large scale facilities, on-line process diagnostics and numerical simulation. All the research work involves close collaboration with industry.
I 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, I became Vesuvius  Professor of Materials in 2004. I am a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), and elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.
From 1999 to 2004, I 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 the government funded Faraday Advance transport network for materials from 2000 until 2007, and Executive Director of the Transport Node of the Materials KTN until 2014. I 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. I was Deputy Head of the Maths, Physical and Life Sciences Division at Oxford University 2012-14, and I became Head of Materials in October 2015.
I was a member of 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel for Metallurgy and Materials and a member of the UK Fusion Advisory Board 2007-12. I wrote evidence paper New and Advanced Materials for the UK Government Office of Science Foresight Report Future of Manufacturing (2013). I am a member of the Rolls-Royce Materials, Manufacture and Structures Advisory Board and the Constellium Scientific Council; I am a non-executive director of Oxford University Innovation Ltd, the University's technology transfer company.
1. Vesuvius, headquartered in London and formerly part of Cookson Group, is a global leader in metal flow engineering, principally serving the steel and foundry industries. The Chair was endowed at Oxford University in 1989.
Professor Patrick Grant FREng