todd.jpgProfessor Iain Todd

Director, MAPP EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub
GKN/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair Additive Manufacturing
Professor of Metallurgy

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 6011
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943
Twitter: @ProfIainTodd

Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Iain Todd joined the department in 2003 from the National Centre for Metals Research (CENIM) in Madrid, Spain. He obtained both his BEng and PhD at Sheffield and has held postdoctoral appointments at Sheffield, the Netherlands Institute for Metals Research (NIMR) at TU-Delft and CENIM in Madrid.

Key projects
  • FAN - Faculty Aerospace Network logoFormation and plasticity of Bulk metallic Glasses and Bulk Metallic Glass composites
  • Design of novel alloy systems
  • Additive Layer Manufacture of structural components for automotive and aerospace applications
  • Metal Injection Moulding of Aerospace and Biomedical components and devices
Personal activities and recognition
  • Secretary of IOM3 committee on Integrated Manufacturing Processes
  • Member of IOM3 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials committee
  • Member of Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association council
  • Co-organiser of Solidification Processing 2007 Sheffield, July 2007

Presently the main focus of his research lies in the following areas:

New and Emerging Metallic Materials: Bulk Metallic Glasses, High Entropy Alloys, Self Healing Metallic Composites and Super-Elastic Alloys: their structure; the thermodynamic and kinetic factors influencing their formation; thermal stability; Structural and Functional (e.g. magnetic) properties.

Net Shape Manufacture and behaviour of complex materials and components: Additive Layer Manufacture using Laser and Electron Beam processes; Metal Injection Moulding; Spark Plasma Sintering; Aerosol Jet Teechnologies for Direct Write; manufacture of microtrusses; development of bio-inspired structural components; development of Rapid manufacturing technologies for aerospace and biomedical structures.

His group is interested both in the development of new alloys and the development of new processes to enable engineering structures to be manufactured from them. Understanding the mechanisms driving the evolution of microstructure during processing is essential to developing new manufacturing processes that are fit for purpose. Our manufacturing research is conducted on the near-industrial scale and much of it is focused on detailed investigations of novel manufacturing routes based on the use of alloy powders and is conducted in close collaboration with industry. Fundamental research on emerging metallic materials concentrates on structural control and the development of new functional and structural properties.

Research centres

Research group
  • Mike Blackmore
  • Shuang Shuang Chen
  • Jake Corteen
  • Andy Cunliffe
  • Rob Deffley
  • Fatos Dergutti
  • Muhammad Hussain Bin Ismail
  • Lampros Kourtis
  • Navid Manai
  • Paul Nnamchi
  • John Plummer
  • Krit Pratumchart
  • Alfred Sidambe

Former group members

  • Pete Davies
  • Sinan Al-Bermani
  • Emma Gill
  • Max Ruffo
  • Wen Xu
  • Wufei Zhang
  • Ignacio Figueroa
  • Nutthita Chuankrerkkul
Key publications
  • J.D. Plummer and I. Todd, Implications of elastic constants, fragility and bonding on permanent deformation in metallic glass, Applied Physics Letters98, 2011, 021907.
  • S.S. Al-Bermani, M.L. Blackmore, W. Zhang and I. Todd, The origin of microstructural diversity, texture and mechanical properties in electron beam melted Ti-6Al-4V, Met. Mat. Trans.A41A, 2010, 3422.
  • I.A. Figueroa, H.A. Davies and I. Todd, High glass formability for Cu-Hf-Ti alloys with small additions of Y and Si, Philosophical Magazine89, 2009, 2355.
  • I.A. Figueroa, R. Rawal, P. Stewart, P.A. Carroll, H.A. Davies, I. Todd and H. Jones, Bulk glass formation and mechanical properties for Cu-Hf-Ti-M (M = B, Y) alloys, J. Non-Cryst. Solids353, 2007, 839.
  • G. Garcés, M. Maeso, I. Todd, P. Pérez and P. Adeva, Deformation behaviour in rapidly solidified Mg97Y2Zn (at.%) alloy, J. Alloys Comp432, 2007, L10-L14.
  • I. Todd, "The processing and properties of inorganic nano-materials", in: Nanoscale Science and Technology, Eds. R.Kelsall, I.W.Hamley and M.Geoghegan, Wiley, 2005, ISBN: 0-470-85086-8.
  • I. Todd, B.J. Tate, H.A. Davies, M.R.J. Gibbs, D. Kendall and R. V. Major, Magnetic properties of ultrasoft-nanocomposite FeAlSiBNbCu alloys, J. Mag. Magn. Mater., 2000, 215-216, 272-275.
  • P.J. Warren, I. Todd, H.A. Davies, A. Cerezo, M.R.J Gibbs, D. Kendall and R.V. Major, Partitioning behaviour of Al in a nanocrystalline Fe71.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1Al2 alloy, Scripta Materialia, 1999, 41, 1223-1227.