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Dr Elinor Castle

Dr Castle
Position: Ceramics Research and Industrial Liaison Manager
Supervisor:Mike Reece
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2734
Mobile: 07891 519694
Location: 2.08, Joseph Priestly, Mile End
Website: UK Magnetics Society
Expertise: Currently developing new "High Entropy" Ultra-High Temperature Ceramic (UHTCs) compositions while managing QMUL's ceramics research links with industry through our spin-out company "Nanoforce Technology Ltd.". Expertise in the non-equilibrium processing of materials by rapid solidification and field/current-assisted sintering. Research to date has included: assessing the microstructral and texture evolution of metals during rapid solidification using containerless solidification methods, and; the development of fully dense, nanostructured and textured Heavy Rare Earth-free Nd-Fe-B hard magnetic materials using rapid Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) and novel ultra-rapid 'Flash-SPS' (FSPS) techniques.
Research keywords: Ultra-high temperature ceramics; high entropy ceramics; spark plasma sintering; flash sintering; flash spark plasma sintering; magnetic materials; rare earth metals; dendrite growth; solidification metallurgy; processing-structure-property relationship; microstructural characterisation.
Affiliations: On the Editorial Board for Scientific Reports
Committee Member of the UK Magnetics Society (
Member of the American Ceramic Society
Graduate member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Brief Biography

2018-present: Ceramics Research and Industrial Liaison Manager, Nanoforce
2016-2018: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at QMUL, developing new Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics (
2014-2016: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at QMUL, developing Heavy Rare Earth free hard magnetic materials (
2010-2014: PhD at University of Leeds, studying rapid solidification phenomena in metals.
2009: Summer research scholarship at University of Leeds sourcing and characterising ZnO nanoparticles for toxicology studies.
2007-2010: BEng in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Leeds.