MAterials and STructures (MAST) Research Group news

Animated video presenting results from the INdIGO project fishermen's survey

Today, World Fisheries Day, saw the release of the second animated video from the Interreg Channel|Manche INdIGO project sharing results from the fishermen's survey. The video is also available in French.
21 November 2022


James Butler successfully defended his PhD thesis, Development of a novel antibacterial resin-based silver nanocoating to reduce nosocomial infections, today.
Congratulations to James, and to Alex Besinis , Alistair Cree and Mat Upton as supervisors.
26 October 2022


George Modica-Cliff, Stage 5 MEng (honours) Mechanical Engineering with Composites, has been awarded one of “12 scholarships to students studying STEM subjects at UK universities and colleges during the academic year 2022/23” by UKNEST.
21 October 2022.


The MAST Research Group welcomes two new research degree candidates:
  • Carol Primmer – Developing high performance, durable graphene oxide concrete for structural applications in the coastal environment – supervised by Boksun Kim.
  • Chun Yin Choi – Investigation of the release and behaviour of plastic nanofibers to air and the marine environment – supervised by Alex Besinis.
Further, Ruadan Geraghty has moved from the Marine-i project to join the InterReg SeaBioComp project.
03 October 2022


Indraneel Chowdhury (Senior Technician – Composites) submitted a doctoral thesis, Experimental and numerical analysis of mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of a non-crimp basalt fibre reinforced epoxy composite, to the University of Limerick.  After due consideration, the examination team have recommended that he be “awarded a PhD”.
26 September 2022


Rupert Lorraine (BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Technology, then KTP Associate with Kingfisher Boats in Falmouth) has been promoted to Director of the University of Plymouth Arts Institute.
23 September 2022

2022 graduates

At the 2022 graduation ceremony, six MEng (honours), nine BEng (honours), and one ordinary degree were awarded to graduates from the Mechanical Engineering with Composites course. A further four students from Yeovil College (Leonardo Helicopters apprentices) graduated from the BEng (honours) Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace (Level 6 Top-Up) course having studied the same Stage 4 composites modules.
21 September 2022

Guest editor

John Summerscales, and Conchúr Ó Brádaigh at University of Edinburgh, have guest edited an issue of the journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites dedicated to papers presented at the International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites held online in 2021.
20 September 2022


Nirvan Razaghi-Kashani successfully defended his PhD thesis, An analysis of the Iranian post-earthquake management and structural assessment system, today.  Congratulations to Nirvan, and to Andrew Fox, Dave Easterbrook and Boksun Kim as supervisors.
12 September 2022

New equipment

The INdiGO project has invested in two different Near InfraRed (NIR) spectroscopy devices to identify plastic fishing gear in “the field”: Mahota PlasTell and trinamiX. This technology will benefit e.g. beach clean groups. The data gathered on NIR efficacy and limitations will be of broader interest in the context of recycling.
02 September 2022

New limited duration Open Access paper 

Our most recent paper, FEA Modelling and Environmental Assessment of a Thin-walled Composite Drive Shaft, is now published in Thin-Walled Structures. It is available with no sign up, registration or fees required until Saturday 20 September 2022 via the Elsevier Share Link:
02 August 2022


The annual round of promotions includes the following changes for MAST Research Group staff:
  • Shakil Ahmed Awan: Associate Professor in Electronics and Nanotechnology
  • Alexandros Besinis: Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
21 July 2022

SeaBioComp researcher

Lloyd Vance, MEng composites student, has joined the team for a summer internship to manufacture demonstrator components by ISP-MIFT for the SeaBioComp project
01 July 2022

Composites Technician

Indraneel Chowdhury has joined the team as Senior Technician in the composites laboratory.
20 June 2022

Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering Virtual Showcase

The undergraduate Stage 4 projects were showcased in Rolle Marquee. View the posters.
19 May 2022

Frontiers in Ship and Offshore Structures

Jahir Rizvi edited a special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). View three papers.
11 March 2022

SeaBioComp post-doctoral research fellow

Nanting Yu has joined the team to undertake Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for composites manufacturing processes.
01 February 2022

Unfortunate departure

Yang Qin (SeaBioComp post-doctoral research fellow) returned to China when UKBA failed to process his visa renewal within their own service targets!
31 January 2022

Richard Cullen escaped

After graduating from the composites degree in 1999, then supporting the activities of ACMC and the composites laboratory, Richard has moved to take up new opportunities in the South East. Good luck!
January 2022

Rising Star Award

Devon Ward splits her time between studying for the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace degree (Yeovil College with modules in Plymouth) and working for Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil. She won the 2021 Engineering Apprentice Rising Star Award at the Make UK Awards. Congratulations!
17 January 2022

Princess Yachts sponsored PhD student

Badr Moutik has joined the team to undertake a Life Cycle Assessment of luxury yacht manufacture.
04 January 2022

Flexwave Project

Xinyu Wang has joined the MAST research group as a Research Fellow in the context of the EPSRC Flexwave Project. He will explore whether rubber, composites and polymers can be effective in harnessing wave power. Krishnendu Puzhukkil will be the Hydrodynamics PDRA supporting the project in the COAST research group.
12 August 2021

Abandoned boats

John Summerscales was interviewed and broadcast by BBC Spotlight for a feature item on abandoned fibre glass boats.

26 May 2021

Postgraduate research studentships 

The following three or three and a half year MPhil/PhD studentships with a materials flavour are available at the University of Plymouth with a start date of 01 October 2021:
  • 3D printed graphene sensors in structural health monitoring for composite turbine blades.
  • Motions and loads on dynamic export cables for floating Offshore Renewable Energy farms using physical and numerical modelling.
  • Coupled nonlinear analysis of a flexible fabric wave energy converter.
  • Developing computational tool of safer decommissioning plan for ships and offshore structures through condition assessment.
17 March 2021

Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

There will be an Employer Open Day to introduce this course at 1300 BST on Thursday 10 June 2021.

20 May 2021

Undergraduate project showcase

The Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering undergraduate course students have a Project Virtual Showcase where the posters describing their work are displayed.

20 May 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow vacancy

MAST research group are seeking a person to work on research related to marine environmental effects on fatigue of nylon fibre reinforced rubber composites for wave energy devices in support of the EPSRC-funded Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy (FlexWave) project. The FlexWave project will test the research hypothesis that the use of Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy will lead to a step change reduction in cost and provide a pathway to cost competitive, scalable wave energy converters. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.

Find out more about the vacancy.

09 April 2021

Expert on Sky News

Jasper Graham-Jones was interviewed by Sky News when the Ever Given container ship ran aground blocking the Suez canal.

25 March 2021

Thermal Analysis suite

The University of Plymouth will be looking to acquire a Thermal Analysis suite to service teaching and research in materials characterisation (ceramics, metals, polymers and composites), food science and chemistry. View the contract finder notice.

08 February 2021

Webinar series on Recycled Aggregates in Concrete

Boksun Kim, RAEng Frontiers Champion, will be hosting ten webinars on Recycled Aggregates in Concrete this year. Registration links will be added to the page as they become available.
14 January 2021

Special issue editor

Maozhou Meng will be leading a special issue of the MDPI open access journal Micromachines entitled Recent Advances in Graphene-based Sensors. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 July 2021.

13 January 2021