Contact Dr Joy Sumner

Areas of expertise

  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Power Systems & Turbines
  • Structures and Materials
  • Surface Engineering


Dr Joy Sumner gained her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from the University of Cambridge. She matriculated in 2000 and spent the 2002/3 academic year at MIT in the USA as a member of the CMI exchange programme. She graduated after studying Physical Sciences (with a focus on materials science) in 2004. For her PhD, she assessed the use of several scanning probe microscopy techniques for the characterisation of gallium nitride semiconductors, also at the University of Cambridge. Since then she has been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bath before taking up a research fellowship, and later academic fellowship, at Cranfield University, where she works on understanding and testing materials' corrosion performance. Joy is a member of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Current activities

Dr Joy Sumner's work is related to the high temperature degradation mechanisms of components in energy systems. Joy is involved in several projects including the EPSRC funded Supergen PLE and Flex-E-Plant projects, the TSB funded CASET and SAMULET projects, and several private contracts.

Joy's main focus is the high temperature behaviour of Ni-base alloys in different corrosive and oxidative environments and the effects of thermal barrier and the effects of corrosion resistant coatings. This work is carried out under the European project, H2-IGCC.


Research councils:

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Seventh European Framework Programme
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB)


  • Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
  • GE
  • Porvair
  • EDF
  • Rolls-Royce Plc


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