Contact Dr Saurav Goel

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing of Functional Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Precision Engineering
  • Smart Materials
  • Surface Engineering
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Welding and Laser Processing


I am a Lecturer in Ultra-Precision Processing at Cranfield University since 2016. My current research lies on the footings of Material Oriented manufacturing and I inform my research by using Multi-scale modelling techniques involving the use of finite element as well as atomic simulations. 

I obtained a PhD in this area from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland in the year 2013.

Prior to joining Cranfield, I worked at Queen's University Belfast as a Lecturer from 2013-2016.

I came to the UK in 2010 with a rich Industrial experience of 3 years at a level of Senior Engineer in India's largest construction Conglomerate, Larsen and Toubro Limited following completion of my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NERIST, India in 2007. 

Since PhD completion, I've acquired the status of Chartered Engineer from IMechE, research affiliate status with the biggest Manufacturing Society, CIRP and EUSPEN and completed PGCHET from Queen's University to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Beside research, I love teaching and for this reason earned Best Supervisor award at Cranfield in 2018 and was nominated for the best lecturer at QUB Belfast in the very first year of my teaching career. On an average each of student I've supervised has also received one or other form of an award including "Student of the year”- Example include Mr Fabian, Mr Ali and Ms Junguo”. I've worked closely with students from “China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Japan, Poland, Germany, France, UK, Kuwait, Sweden, Denmark, Spain etc”. To conclude, I would welcome any student who is motivated to join exciting opportunity of doing amazing research in the field of Ultra-Precision Engineering.

Research opportunity

I've several PhD studentships in my research group in subjects related to machining, simulations, tribology, measurements and materials. Please contact me to find out which one suits you the most.

Current activities

Following staff changes at Cranfield, I was tasked and given the responsibility to steer Cranfield’s effort in successful execution of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering (EP/K503241/1 and EP/L016567/1). Recently, I’ve teamed up with colleagues to use my Precision Engineering knowledge to combat the current challenges associated with Detector materials to improve the performance of PET imaging systems (EP/S013652/1) that will benefit mankind.

I am specialised in Precision processing of “difficult to cut materials”, free form shapes, coating deposition techniques like Diamond like carbon films, surface metrology, and material characterisation and in creating “digital twins” of these processes. I’ve been looking into developing hybrid and sequential techniques to machine challenging materials like steel, silicon, glass, silicon carbide, tungsten etc with the highest possible precision attainable by bulk techniques.

I am currently leading the Work package 2 on synthesis of new materials in the EU COST Action CA15102 (funded by H2020) as well as I am MC member of the Cost Action CA18125. The former is aimed at developing substitutes to Critical raw materials subjected to extreme conditions ( such as tungsten and niobium that are vital to the EU industries.

Most recently, I’ve partnered with an Orthopaedic Doctor at Milton Keynes hospital to address a global challenge on infection of medical implants. I’ve researched and published over 50 Journals paper attracting 1000+ citations. For these combined reasons, I sit on the Editorial Board of one of the top tier manufacturing Journals "Int J of Mach. Tools and Manufacture" beside the Journal of Micromanufacturing – SAGE and Machines by MDPI.

Media mentions:


1. National Physical Laboratory (

2. Science and Technologies Facilities Council (

3. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (

4. Milton Keynes University Hospital (

5. Sophion BioScience, Denmark

6. Cost Action (Horizon 2020)

7. Kennametal, Germany

8. Bruker

9. Adama Innovations, Ireland

10. Micromaterials, UK

11. AWE, UK

12. Cranfield Precision (Five Landis)




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