Dr Joseph L Lanigan

MChem, PhD (MEng)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Academic Fellow in Tribology

+44 114 222 7735

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Dr Joseph L Lanigan
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Dr Lanigan became an Academic Fellow in Tribology in the Department in 2019 having previously held a postdoctoral research associate role within the same department.

He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with an MChem in Chemistry. Joe then went on to undertake a PhD at Leeds in Mechanical Engineering, in the area of Tribology (2015). He then held a post as a Research Associate at Leeds, on a project sponsored by Statoil that focused on carbon nanotechnology for surface engineering.

Joe has also worked in industry at AkzoNobel in Gothenburg, Sweden. This was within the company’s R&D division. The work focused on fuels and lube additives, derived from fatty amines (examining aspects of green tribology) and their interactions with MoDTC.

Joe has also worked at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, working on projects on new train stations in the area, as a PRINCE2 qualified project manager. Joe is a sentinel card holder (PTS accredited) which allows for safe access to Network Rail’s mainline and freight track. This allows for laboratory scale rail tribology to be assessed more broadly, in the field.

Research interests

Dr Lanigan’s areas of research include: the wheel/rail interface, surface analysis both prior to and post wear testing, tribochemistry (for both rail and automotive applications), lubrication and wear, insight into wear mechanisms and thin solid films including Diamond-like Carbon (DLC).

Other areas of interest include surface chemical effects in tribology, green tribology (using NOCH additives, which consist of only nitrogen, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen) as well as friction in aqueous lubrication using polymer brushes.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Lewis R, Mesaritis M, Taiwo G, Marshall M, Krier P, Ferriday P, Buckley-Johnstone L, Lanigan J, Lewis S, Yildirimli K , Lu P et al (2022) IMPROVING THE WHEEL/RAIL CONTACT PERFORMANCE THROUGH LASER CLADDING OF RAIL, HIGH SPEED RAIL GRINDING AND RAIL CLEANING: CASE STUDIES IN GOING FROM THE LAB TO THE FIELD. CM 2022 - 12th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems, Conference Proceedings (pp 477-483) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lanigan J, Krier P, Buckley-Johnstone L, White B, Ishizaka K, Cooke J, Barnard S, Ferriday P, Beagles A & Lewis R (2018) Towards a field test methodology for locomotive brake testing using a representative low adhesion simulation. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/wheel Systems, CM 2018 (pp 495-502) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lanigan JL, Wang C, Morina A & Neville A (2016) Repressing oxidative wear within Si doped DLCs. Tribology International, Vol. 93 (pp 651-659) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mutafov P, Lanigan J, Neville A, Cavaleiro A & Polcar T (2014) DLC-W coatings tested in combustion engine — Frictional and wear analysis. Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 260 (pp 284-289) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davison S, Lanigan J, Dwyer-Joyce R & Slatter T () Novel Green Friction Modifiers for Aqueous Lubricants. STLE 2023 Digital Proceedings. Park Ridge, IL, USA, 21 May 2023 - 25 May 2023. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Butcher T, Lanigan J, Schmandt L & Lewis R () Development of a Model to Assess the Risk of Low Adhesion at Different Rail Sites. Civil-Comp Conferences, 22 August 2022 - 25 August 2022. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Research and Development Agreement ‘Cryogenic Railhead Cleaning’, Arriva Rail North (ARN) research grant of £150,000 to examine the possibility of a trolley based cryo cleaning unit for mainline track
  • Cryogenic Railhead Cleaning - IIKE Funding for the development of a road-to-rail cryo cleaning system.