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 and then in 2011 was appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. 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's research interests have expanded into 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.
Tom also continues to be involved in automotive 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. Work in these automotive related areas has included projects with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, JCB Power Systems, MWH, Hoganas, Nanovit, and McLaren.

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'.
Adli Bahari - 'Optimisation of bio-lubricant blends'.
Julius Abere - 'Characterisation of bio-lubricants with nano-additive packages'.
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’.
Paulo Herrera – ‘Cryogenic treatment of metals’.
Ellis Taylor – ‘Cryogenic machining processes’.
Jon Walsh – ‘Online monitoring of machining processes’.

Teaching & Professional Activities

Tom's teaching activities are in the area of manufacturing and design. He is the Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching for Mechanical Engineering 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. Douglas Bomford Trust - Biodegradable Lubricants for use in Internal Combustion Engines, November 2014 (£3,100)
2. innovateUK/BEP Surface Finishing, KTP - High-precision grinding, February 2014 (£129,450)
3. EPSRC, Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology (iCDT), November 2013 (£7,335,911) (co-investigator)
4. Siemens PLC/EPSRC, Development of the Oil-Film Bearing for a Wide Dynamic Shape Roll (DSR), September 2013 (£103,648)
5. innovateUK/Hill Pumps, KTP – Hill Pumps, August 2013 (£130,392)
6. Royal Society, Assessment of the oxidative stability of biolubricants to establish their suitability for use in automotive engines, May 2013 (£15,000)

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
  • 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.

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
  • 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)
  • Slatter T, Lewis R & Broda M (2011) The Influence of Induction Hardening on the Impact Wear Resistance of Compacted Graphite Iron (pp 124-124)
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Carrell J & Slatter T (2014) Bio lubricants in Automotive Applications. SAE Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants Meeting, Birmingham, UK.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Theses / Dissertations

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