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David Grant

Professor of Materials Science and Head of Advanced Materials Research Group, Faculty of Engineering

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David Grant studied Physics at the University of York in 1981. He obtained a PhD in 1984 for his research on permeation studies of hydrogen in steels and the effect of surface oxides while at the Oxford Research Unit of the Open University. He then spent three years at the National Research Council of Canada in the Division of Chemistry as a post doctoral Research Associate working on metal hydride systems. He returned to the UK for a research position at the Oxford Research Unit investigating the surface tension of electromagnetically levitated molten metals. He joined Nottingham University as a Lecturer in Materials in 1990 and started the Biomaterials group while working on coatings and shape memory materials. Senior lecturer in 1996. Reader in Materials Science in 1999.

In 2004 he was appointed Prof of Materials Science. He heads the Advanced Materials Research Group and has wide ranging research interests in Biomaterials such as surface modification, coatings, functionalised surfaces, characterisation, nano-composite structures, degradation behaviour, cell surface interaction, cell motility. His other main research interest is in metal hydrogen systems from alloy and intermetallic hydrides to complex light metal hydrides and multicomponent systems. He has worked with industry on many projects and has spent a secondment with EON for two years. He is currently working with a number of companies to develop practical energy stores and also in biomaterial applications.

Research Summary

I have a wide interest in Materials science and head up the Advanced Materials Research Group in the faculty. I have a wide interest in materials. In Biomaterials working on novel coatings and… read more

Current Research

I have a wide interest in Materials science and head up the Advanced Materials Research Group in the faculty. I have a wide interest in materials. In Biomaterials working on novel coatings and structures using physical vapour deposition, new approaches to degradable composites for bone integration, degradation behaviour and mechanical behaviour of isotropic and anisotropic structures/composites tissue engineering, nanocomposites and biopolymers, toxicity and cell surface interactions of nanoparticles, functionalised surfaces using nanoparticles and organic structures, cell motility studies, funded by EC, EPSRC, BBSRC and industry.

My other main research area is in hydrogen storage systems working on light metal hydrides and complex systems, multicomponent systems. The workis both fundamnetal looking at new systems and proactical such as developing thermal and hydrogen storage systems with industry.. Currently funded by EPSRC SUPERGEN, TSB and industry and we are also an active member of the world group of IEA task 22 ( now task 32) on Fundamental and Applied Hydrogen Storage Materials.

Both research areas have established research links with laboratories in the EU, USA , China and Japan.

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