Prof Andy Bushby
BSc(Eng), PhD, FIMMM, FRMS, MInstPhys

Prof Andy Bushby

Professor of Materials Science
Director of Ultima Forma Ltd

Engineering 215, Mile End
Expertise: Understanding how materials are stronger when at small size scales: This behaviour is being commercialised in the spin-out company 'Ultima Forma' in advanced engineering applications such as the protection of composites from harsh environments such as heat and erosion damage, and containment of hydrogen for clean energy and zero carbon transport. Materials characterisation: such as micromechanical testing and 3D electron microscopy.
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Affiliations: Fellow of Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, Member of Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society

Brief Biography

Prof Bushby's research is centred on the micro- and nano-mechanics of materials and structures. He is a leading expert in the technique of nanoindentation for small-scale mechanical property measurement and contributes to ISO Standards working groups for instrumented indentation. Major research themes include the development of methods using spherical indenters, electromechanical properties of ferroelectric thin films, visco-elastic and composites materials, structure-properties relationships in calcified biological tissues and nano-structured crystalline materials. Fundamental research has focused on the origin of size effects in mechanical properties and has led to new understanding of the strength of nano-structured materials. The size dependent strength is being commercialised in novel high-strength, lightweight materials through the spin-out company 'Ultima Forma Ltd'. Prof Bushby is also the creator and director of Queen Mary's NanoVision Centre for advanced microscopy. The Centre encourages overlap between different high-resolution microscopy techniques and between scientists from different disciplines. He has developed 'volume electron microscopy' techniques for 3D imaging of biological tissues in collaboration with leading biological imaging groups in the UK.