Areas of expertise

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


I have dual affiliations. My primary position is at London South Bank University where I am an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and my secondary position is at the Surface and Precision Centre of Cranfield University. 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 began my academic journey 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. I obtained a PhD 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

Since PhD completion, I've acquired the status of Chartered Engineer from IMechE, research affiliate status with the biggest Manufacturing Society 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 average each of the 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 the exciting opportunity of doing amazing research in the field of Ultra-Precision Engineering.

Research opportunities

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

I am Associate Director of the EPSRC's NetworkPlus in "Digitalised Surface Manufacturing" ( which is a collaborative network originating from the University of Manchester and now spreading to almost every continent. I am also the Co-Director of the EPSRC's Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering (EP/K503241/1 and EP/L016567/1) where I support the University of Cambridge following staff changes in 2017. Recently, I’ve used my skills to develop newer projects while using my experimental 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. Additionally, I am working on modelling the mesoscale boundaries to model coastal erosion (EP/T001100/1) and to develop next-generation of self-sensing coatings (EP/T024607/1). 

I specialises in Precision processing of “difficult to cut materials”, free form shapes, coating deposition techniques such as the Diamond like carbon films, surface metrology, and material characterisation and in creating “digital twins” of these processes. I’ve been working on 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. Recently, we are working on Responsive Roll to Roll Manufacturing systems and the next-generation bio3dprinting systems as well.

I was also an active part of the EU Cost Action CA18125 where we developed Critical raw materials subjected to extreme conditions (

I am currently leading the lab on "Nature-inspired Precision Responsive Manufacturing Group" at LSBU from where we are working closely with a team of Doctors to develop antibacterial, virucidal surfaces using a wide range of techniques while suitably instrumenting the processes to record in-process data for monitoring and diagnosis of the manufacturing operations. To date. I have published 70+ Journal articles with h-index> 25 and cumulative citations > 2000. I am the Associate Editor of the Journal "Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems".

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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