Dr Kathy Christofidou

PhD, MEng, MBA

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Royce Technology Platform Lead (Materials Discovery & Prototyping) & Lecturer in Metallurgy

Dr Kathy Christofidou

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Dr Kathy Christofidou
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Kathy (Katerina) Christofidou joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2019 as a Lecturer in Metallurgy. Since joining the Department, Kathy has also been appointed the Technology Platform Lead for Materials Discovery and Prototyping for Royce at the University of Sheffield, a Partner of the Henry Royce Institute.

Prior to this, she held roles at The University of Cambridge, as part of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, and The University of Manchester, where she also worked in close collaboration with the Henry Royce Institute.

She holds a PhD in Metallurgy from The University of Cambridge and an MEng in Aerospace Materials Engineering from Imperial College London.

Research interests

Kathy's research focuses on multiple facets of high-temperature physical metallurgy, alloy design and manufacturing.

As part of her collaboration with Rolls-Royce PLC, she has developed new polycrystalline Ni-based superalloys for turbine disc applications, as well as exploring strategies for the design of high-temperature materials amenable to laser-based additive layer manufacturing.

In addition, a major area of her research interests is that of high entropy alloys and the possibilities that these materials offer for expanding our understanding of physical metallurgy beyond a single base element and the associated thermodynamic principles governing this behaviour.


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Conference proceedings papers

Professional activities
  • Member of the IoM3 Materials Chemistry Committee
  • Member of the TMS High Temperature Alloys Committee
  • Recipient of funding allocation from the Women in Engineering Visitor Funding Scheme at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 2019 Materials travel award