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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 he 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 an Associate Professor 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 and has been funded by the European Commission, The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and several industrial collaborators.

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Thermal activation of Ti(1-x)Au(x) thin films with enhanced hardness and biocompatibility  , Cherian Lukose, C., Anestopoulos, I., Mantso, T., Bowen, L., Panayiotidis, M., Birkett, M. 3 Mar 2022, In: Bioactive Materials
  • Mn3Ag(1-x)Cu(x)N antiperovskite thin films with ultra-low temperature coefficient of resistance, Cherian Lukose, C., Zoppi, G., Birkett, M. 10 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Materials Science and Technology
  • Recent Advances in Metal-Based Antimicrobial Coatings for High-Touch Surfaces, Birkett, M., Dover, L., Cherian Lukose, C., Zia, A., Tambuwala, M., Serrano‐Aroca, Á. 21 Jan 2022, In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • Deposition of diamond-like carbon coatings: conventional to non-conventional approaches for emerging markets, Zia, A., Birkett, M. 15 Oct 2021, In: Ceramics International
  • Progress in-situ synthesis of graphitic carbon nanoparticles with physical vapour deposition, Zia, A., Birkett, M., Badshah, M., Iqbal, M. 1 Aug 2021, In: Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials

Current and Recent Projects

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  • Advanced Bioactive Diamond-like Carbon-based Coatings for Next Generation Orthopaedic Implants, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), British Academy, 23/12/21 - 17/03/22, £9,892.00
  • High-Performance Biocompatible Ag-DLC Coatings - Precise and Localized Silver Doping Through Novel Helium Pulse Injections, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), European Commission, 01/10/20 - 30/09/22, £191,270.00
  • Super Hard Biocompatible Coatings of Beta Ti3Au, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), The Leverhulme Trust, 01/03/19 - 28/02/22, £224,630.00
  • Development of Advanced Polymers for Subsea Applications, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), Technip Umbilical Systems (TUS), 01/02/18 - 31/01/21, £141,811.00
  • Development of Ultra-Precision Thin Film Resistive materials, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), TT electronics plc, 02/03/14 - 02/03/17, £37,250.00

PGR Supervision

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chinyere Okolo Enhancement of thermal and mechanical properties of umbilical bend stiffeners using graphene infused elastomeric nanocomposites Start Date: 01/08/2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • Siti Nabilah Misti Development of a Precision Trimming Process for Manganin Shunt Resistors Start Date: 15/10/2012 End Date: 15/06/2017
  • 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

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)


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