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Nesma Aboulkhair

Anne Mclaren Fellowship, Faculty of Engineering



Nesma earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University (Egypt) in 2008. She gained a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialisation in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering from the American University in Cairo (Egypt) in 2012. For her Master's degree, Nesma has conducted research on developing nanocrystalline aluminium using a top-down approach through severe plastic deformation, i.e. mechanical milling. During her MSc studies, Nesma has worked as a research assistant at the Youssef Jameel Science and Technology Research Centre (YJ-STRC), conducting several research on aluminium processing.

In 2015, Nesma was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the Materials Engineering and Materials Design at the University of Nottingham (UK). Her PhD focussed on the various aspects of additive manufacture of Al alloys using selective laser melting. Her experience in metal AM varied between the process, such as parametric studies for materials qualification, and the investigations on the microstructural and mechanical properties. Over the years of her studies, Nesma has received several awards and scholarships. During her time at the American University in Cairo, Nesma was awarded a laboratory fellowship, a university fellowship, and an award for outstanding academic standing. At the University of Nottingham, she was awarded the prestigious Dean of Engineering Scholarship for International Research Excellence, the postgraduate endowed award in a tri-campus competition, and best student manuscript in the Industrial Laser Applications symposium 2015, among other awards.

Nesma is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the world-recognised additive manufacturing and 3D printing research group at the University of Nottingham (UK). Her current research projects span across several metal additive manufacture processes, such as powder-based systems and droplet-on-demand technologies for high melting temperature precious metals.

Expertise Summary

• Using droplet-on-demand technologies to print high temperature pure metals such as silver.

• Additive manufacturing of Al alloys using selective laser melting incorporating parameters optimisation for successful fabrication of defect-free parts and characterisation of the microstructural and mechanical behaviours.

• Synthesizing nanocrystalline Al using a top-down approach (mechanical milling - severe plastic deformation) as a means to strengthen pure Al via several contributors to achieve enhanced behaviour.

• Experience in various materials and metallurgical characterisation techniques such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy.

• Excellence in mechanical performance testing and evaluation methods: tensile, compressive, and fatigue performance, in addition to hardness testing systems (nano, micro, or macro).

Teaching Summary

Coached 4th year students at the University of Nottingham working in the fields of selective laser melting of various alloys.

Lab demonstrator at the University of Nottingham (course: Materials & Materials Forming).

Teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo in the courses: Introduction to Engineering, Descriptive Geometry and Engineering Drawing, Engineering Drawing, Engineering Materials, Metals, Alloys, and Composites, Failure of Mechanical Components, and Ergonomics and Human Factors

Selected Publications

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