Faculty of Engineering

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Pearl Agyakwa

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering



I obtained my first degree in materials science from Brunel University in 1999 and a PhD in metallurgy from the University of Nottingham in 2004. I am an experimental scientist with several years' experience in the characterisation of fine-scale microstructures relating to fatigue and creep, including aerospace and power plant structures. My current role within the PEMC group, which I've held since 2007, is centred on elucidating the degradation mechanisms and failure physics of power electronics packaging components, including ultrasonically bonded wire interconnects, solder and sintered nanosilver die-attachments. My expertise includes exploring and quantifying three-dimensional damage morphologies using 3D X-ray computed microtomography methodologies and mapping damage by using nanoindentation properties.

Expertise Summary

My expertise and research interests include: ultrasonic joining, microscopy & microstructures, 3D X-ray tomography, micromechanical properties, deformation & fracture, metallurgy, fatigue & creep, soldering, sintering and joining technologies, visualisation and image analysis, sound, sonification, art-science, science communication and public engagement.

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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