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Dr Martin Birkett

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr Birkett joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northumbria University in 2011. Prior to this he worked in the manufacturing industry for sixteen years, where completed a Craft Apprenticeship before moving on to work as a Manufacturing Engineer and then a Senior Research and Development Engineer, primarily working on the development of new thin film materials and processes. During this period, he also studied on a part-time basis for a BEng (Hons) degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a PhD degree in the area of thin film materials and coatings.  

In his current role, Dr Birkett is the Deputy Head of the Department and leads the Engineering Materials and Mechanics Group (EM2G). He mainly teaches on the Mechanical Engineering degree programmes in the areas of materials and manufacturing technology and systems. His research is focussed on the delvelopment of new thin film materials and coatings for mechanical, electrical and biomedical applications.

Dr Birkett is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a full member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Martin Birkett

PGR Supervision

  • Maria Alafogianni An investigation of varying laser trim pattern characteristics on the performance and reliability of discrete resistive components Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • Cecil Cherian Lukose An investigative study of Manganese-based Antiperovskite structures as a thin film resistive material system Start Date: 02/04/2014 End Date: 10/10/2018
  • Siti Nabilah Misti Development of a Precision Trimming Process for Manganin Shunt Resistors Start Date: 15/10/2012 End Date: 15/06/2017
  • Darkam Al Janabi An Investigation into the Relationship Between Organisational Culture and Maintenance Implementation in Iraqi Power Plants Start Date: 09/12/2013 End Date: 27/02/2017
  • Raja Muhamad Hafiz Raja Adzhar The effect of surface texturing and treatment on the mechanical properties of Aluminium-CFRP hybrid composites joints Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Chinyere Okolo THERMAL PROPERTIES INVESTIGATION OF POLYURETHANE NANO-COMPOSITES FOR SUBSEA APPLICATION. Start Date: 01/08/2018
  • Mohamed Abduelmula An investigation into the barriers to lean implementation in Libyan manufacturing companies and development of a framework for its utilisation Start Date: 05/11/2014 End Date: 26/07/2019
  • Osama Elgadi Investigation into the Barriers to Six Sigma in Libyan Manufacturing Companies and Development of a Framework for its Implementation Start Date: 03/02/2014 End Date: 10/10/2018

Qualifications

  • Manufacturing Systems BEng (Hons)
  • Engineering PhD
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Electro- and photon-induced cooling in BNT-BT-SBET relaxors with in situ optical temperature sensing, Wang, L., Zhang, J., Wang, J., Yao, Y., Ren, L., Chen, X., Birkett, M., Dala, L., Xu, B. 15 Apr 2020, In: Optics Letters
  • A Numerical and Experimental Study of Adhesively-Bonded Polyethylene Pipelines, Guilpin, A., Franciere, G., Barton, L., Blacklock, M., Birkett, M. 19 Sep 2019, In: Polymers
  • An experimental strategy for fractionating 33 and 34 factorial experiments, Ozoemena, C., Hackney, P., Birkett, M., Bell, D. 15 Sep 2019, In: International Journal for Quality Research
  • Effect of Abrasive Machining on the Electrical Properties Cu86Mn12Ni2 Alloy Shunts, Misti, N., Birkett, M., Penlington, R., Bell, D. 29 Jul 2017, In: Materials
  • Tuning the antimicrobial behaviour of Cu85Zr15 thin films in “wet” and “dry” conditions through structural modifications, Villapun Puzas, V., Cherian Lukose, C., Birkett, M., Dover, L., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 25 Sep 2018, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Low temperature tensile lap-shear testing of adhesively bonded polyethylene pipe, LeBono, J., Barton, L., Birkett, M. 1 Apr 2017, In: International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives


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