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Michael Preuss is currently Deputy Director of the Materials Performance Centre and the Nuclear Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Manchester.  In 2010, Michael was awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship, which he has started in April 2011.

Michael obtained his PhD from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany on creep in two-phase titanium alloys. He joined the University of Manchester in 1999, first working in the field of friction welding nickel-base superalloys and titanium alloys. In 2003, he was appointed a Lectureship in Materials Performance and became a core member of the Materials Performance Centre. During this time he started to build a new research group on zirconium alloys for nuclear application while continuing to work in the field of aeroengine materials. In 2010, Michael was appointed Professor of Metallurgy and is currently member of the ILL Scientific Council.

Michael's research focuses on microstructure, mechanical properties and residual stresses in high temperature materials for the aeroengine and nuclear application. The materials he is particularly interested in are zirconium alloys used to encapsulate nuclear fuel, as well as titanium alloys and nickel-base superalloys, which are used for example in aeroengines. A central aspect of his research is to develop a more physically based understanding of how these complex materials develop their microstructure during processing and the mechanisms that determine their performance. This is achieved by using a range of state-of-the-art analytical tools that enable characterizing material in-situ and in 3D. Particularly important research tools are large-scale research facilities such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France and Diamond and ISIS in Oxfordshire, UK. In addition, lab based facility like advanced electron microscopy are used to provide a far more compete picture of materials than ever before.


Research interests

  • Physical metallurgy of high performance alloys
  • Zirconium alloys for nuclear application - aspects of processing and performance - understanding the development of texture, corrosion mechanisms, hydrides and irradiation growth and creep
  • Titanium alloys - phase transformation, deformation mechanisms, texture and fatigue
  • Nickel base superalloys - deformation mechanisms and fatigue
  • Residual stress and metallurgical characterisation of friction welded aeroengine materials
  • Process modelling of inertia friction welding
  • Using advanced neutron difrraction and synchrotron radiation for materials engineering and physical metallurgy
  • 3D imaging by x-ray tomography and advanced electron microscopy


Most postgraduate studentships in my area are available via the following Centres for Doctoral Trainins (CDTs):

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Areas of expertise

  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Digital Futures
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


  • Zirconium alloys
  • Nickel base Superalloys
  • Titanium alloys
  • HIP
  • Plasticity
  • Materials Performance
  • Materials Processing
  • Corrosion
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Aeroengine Materials
  • Materials for Oil an dGas
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Diffraction
  • Large-Scale Research Facilities
  • Microstructure Characterisation


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