Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering
Marco joined the AM research group as a PhD student in 2010. After being involved in a number of exciting research projects that gave Marco international exposure he was encouraged to apply for a prestigious Nottingham Research Fellowship (NRF) in 2018 to explore the new horizons of metal AM. The research being carried out by Marco faces the recognition that most of readily available alloys are not printable leading to components with non-desirable properties. Marco aims to develop a new methodology to design and validate novel alloy compositions specifically for use in metal AM. Providing metal AM with a new set of better materials, Marco aims to significant advance the state-of-the-art of the technology. The main applications targeted draw upon the aerospace and medical sectors, but the discovery-led nature of the research will provide foundations for broad industrial applications. Marco transitioned into an assistant professor post (current role) in 2021.
After 10 years of research in AM and metallurgy I have developed the following expertise: - laser powder bed fusion (commonly known as SLM); - drop on demand direct metal 3D printing; - microscopy analysis (OM, SEM, FIB-SEM, EBSD, TEM, XRD); - design and development of novel alloys for SLM; - tensile and fatigue testing of metal alloys; - testing of wear resistance of joint replacements;
List of publications: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=1jSCRLYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra
Contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (as per academic year 2022/23): • "Materials and Manufacturing", level 1 module, MMME1029 • "Design for Manufacturing", level 2 module,… read more
Research into new metallic formulations with physical properties that suit laser additive processes are of growing interest. My current research aims to develop a new series of engineering alloys for… read more
Contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (as per academic year 2022/23): • "Materials and Manufacturing", level 1 module, MMME1029 • "Design for Manufacturing", level 2 module, MMME2048 • "Aerospace Manufacturing Technology", level 3 module, MMME3057 • "Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing", level 4 module, MMME4102 • MSc in "Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing"
Research into new metallic formulations with physical properties that suit laser additive processes are of growing interest. My current research aims to develop a new series of engineering alloys for use in additive manufacturing. This research is carried out using empirical and computational approaches for predicting structure formation in conditions representing those found during additive fabrication. Experimentation combines novel methodologies for powder feedstock formulation and analysis and characterisation of the printed structures using state-of-the-art microscopy and testing techniques.
My research vision is a future for additive manufacturing where we will be able to control the distribution, the composition and the lengthscale of microstructural heterogeneity in multi-material structures to realise a transformative material design strategy that will fundamentally change the face of high-value manufacturing.
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