Imperial College London

Professor Michael W. Finnis

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Chair in Materials Theory and Simulation



+44 (0)20 7594 6812m.finnis Website




2.27BRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Recent and current areas of research include:

i) Theory of the properties of point defects, diffusion and interfaces in alumina 

ii) Calculation of  thermophysical properties of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics and MAX phases to DFT accuracy

iii) The thermodynamics of hydrogen in metals and its role in  embrittlement.

Current research is funded by the EC and EPSRC.

Guest Lectures

The Van Horn Lectures (series of 3 on consecutive days), Case Western University Cleveland, Department of Engineering, 2012