Dr Tom Slatter

MEng, PhD, AIMechE

Dr Tom Slatter

Senior Lecturer

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44(0)114 2227772

Email: tom.slatter@sheffield.ac.uk


Dr Tom Slatter graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2004 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering and in 2010 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. During this time he worked for the Ford Motor Company in powertrain CAE and diesel engine engineering. His PhD was sponsored by the Ford Advanced Research and Materials Group in Aachen, Germany and concerned the wear of automotive valvetrain components. In 2007, Tom became a University Teaching Associate, was appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. Tom is a member of the Leonardo Tribology Centre and is a Deputy Centre Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology (iT-CDT).

Areas of Research

Dr Slatter continues to be involved in automotive tribology research; continuing work on valvetrain wear with a number of automotive OEMs, investigating the influence of novel combustion processes on valvetrain design and assessing the performance of bio-lubricants. Recent research and consultancy work in these areas has included projects with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, Nanovit, Jacobs Vehicle Systems and McLaren.

Tom's research interests also include tribology in manufacturing with projects investigating the design, performance and instrumentation of manufacturing machines, processes and tooling with organisations such as Sandvik Coromant, Primetals, Bremont, Rolls-Royce, BEP Surface Technologies, Hill Pumps, and the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Outside of these applied areas, Tom works at a more fundamental level investigating topics including impact wear and the cryogenic treatment of metals.

PhD Students

Liam Chisman - 'Valvetrain design for novel combustion'.
Nikki Hilton - 'Performance and control of deep-hole drilling'.
Mike Hayward - ‘Development of oil-film bearing for dynamic shape rolling of metals’.
Julia Carrell – ‘Performance of bio-lubricants in automotive contacts’.
Lisa Alhadeff – ‘Micromachining of novel alloys for watchmaking’.
Will Pulfrey – ‘Lubricant performance in novel valvetrain systems’.
Paulo Herrera – ‘Cryogenic treatment of metals for abrasive wear resistance’.
Ellis Taylor – ‘Optimised cryogenic machining processes for light metals’.
Jon Walsh – ‘Online monitoring of machining processes using fusion sensing’.
Mohanad Zalzalah – ‘Understanding and modelling impact wear’.
Sam Davison – ‘Bio-lubricant performance in machine contacts’.

Faithia Binti Mohd Nor – ‘Effect of soot of valvetrain components’.
Kei Ishizaka – ‘Leaf contamination problem on the wheel/rail contact area’.
Sushil Simkhada – ‘Automotive cylinder distortion’.
Jack Rooke – ‘Development of in-situ automotive sensing systems’.

Teaching & Professional Activities

Tom's teaching activities are in the area of manufacturing and design. He was the Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching for Mechanical Engineering 2014-17 and in 2012 he was awarded a University Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Tom is also the Deputy Centre Director (Learning & Teaching) for the EPSRC iT-CDT and is the Faculty Advisor for the University's Formula Student team, 'Sheffield Formula Racing'.

Tom is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society for Tribology and Lubrication Engineering (STLE), and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He serves on the committee of the Yorkshire Centre of the IMechE Automobile Division and is a member of the University of Sheffield Alumni Board.

Current Grants

1. EPSRC (Programme Grant) - Friction – the Tribology Enigma, 2017 (£5.3M) (CI).
2. EPSRC (iCASE) - Development of in-situ automotive sensing systems (£83k) (CI).
3. EPSRC (CDT) - Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology (iCDT), 2013 (£7.3M) (CI).

Journal articles


  • Slatter T & Thornton R (2016) Cryogenic Treatment of Engineering Materials In Hashmi S (Ed.), Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering (pp. 421-454). Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lewis R & Slatter T (2012) Design for Reduced Wear In Tung SC & Totten GE (Ed.), Automotive Lubricants and Testing (pp. 293-315). Eagan, MN, USA: ASTM International. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Carrell J, Lewis R & Slatter T (2016) The Interaction of Bio-lubricants with Elastomers, Tested Through Hanson Solubility Parameter and Stress Relaxation Tests.. Proceedings of 17th Nordic Symposium on Tribology - NORDTRIB 2016 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Seemuang N, Mcleay T & Slatter T (2015) The Relationship between Spindle Sound and Tool Performance in Turning. International Journal of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Vol. 2(8) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Slatter T, Lewis R & Broda M (2011) The Influence of Induction Hardening on the Impact Wear Resistance of Compacted Graphite Iron (pp 124-124) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Slatter T & Lewis R (2006) Valve Recession - Investigating the Importance of Impact Wear. Tribology 2006: Surface Engineering and Tribology for Future Engines and Drivelines. London, UK, 12 July 2006 - 13 July 2006. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Slatter T & Lewis R (2005) Valve Recession: From Experiment to Predictive Model. Experimental And Numerical Methods For Powertrain Development. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK, 28 September 2005 - 29 September 2005. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Alhadeff LLM, Curtis DT, Marshall MB & Slatter T () The Application of Wire Electrical Discharge Machining (WEDM) in the Prototyping of Miniature Brass Gears. Procedia CIRP RIS download Bibtex download


  • Hilton N, Slatter T & Goodfellow M (2015) Development of deep hole drilling technologies for extreme length-to diameter ratio holes. University of Sheffield Engineering Symposium. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carrell J & Slatter T (2014) Bio lubricants in Automotive Applications. SAE Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants Meeting, Birmingham, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Seemuang N & Slatter T (2013) Evaluation of Case-depth Layer in Coated Cutting Tool by Using Barkhausen Noise and Electromagnetic Acoustic Emission Techniques. 2nd Annual EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Conference. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Thornton R, Slatter T & Lewis R (2013) The effects of cryogenic treatment on the sliding wear performance and microstructure of ferrous alloys. 19th International Conference on Wear of Materials. RIS download Bibtex download
  • HIlton N, Slatter T, Dawson S & Lobato H (2012) Development of Deep Hole Drilling Technology for Extreme L/D Ratio Holes with R&D into Tool Tip Tracking and Steering Technology. EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Conference 2012. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Slatter T (2010) Reducing Automotive Valve Recession Using Surface Treatment. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Carrell J, Lewis R & Slatter T The Interaction of Bio-lubricants with Elastomers, Tested Through Hanson Solubility Parameter and Stress Relaxation Tests. The 17th Nordic Symposium on Tribology - NORDTRIB 2016, Aulanko, Hämeenlinna, Finland. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hilton N, Slatter T, Goodfellow M, Shaw J & Hitchens C Development of deep hole drilling technologies. Sheffield. RIS download Bibtex download