Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate



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Maria Parkes is a Research Associate in the Biomechanics Research Group in Mechanical Engineering. Her work primarily examines the tribological properties of established and novel materials for use as orthopaedic implants including hydrogels and ceramics. This includes the development of new testing methods for novel materials designed to replace cartilage that will reduce the need for animal testing. Maria has expertise in measuring friction and wear using both traditional surface measurements and by looking at subtle changes in material properties with Raman spectroscopy.

Prior to joining Biomechanics Maria studied for a PhD in Tribology investigating lubrication mechanisms of proteins and lipids in model synovial fluids. This work examined how boundary lubricating films formed under static and dynamic conditions are affected by the macromolecule content, solution properties and structure of model synovial fluids.

Maria's first degree was a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Milner PE, Parkes M, Puetzer JL, et al., 2018, A low friction, biphasic and boundary lubricating hydrogel for cartilage replacement, Acta Biomaterialia, Vol:65, ISSN:1742-7061, Pages:102-111

Parkes M, Cann P, Jeffers J, 2017, Real-time observation of fluid flows in tissue during stress relaxation using Raman spectroscopy, Journal of Biomechanics, Vol:60, ISSN:0021-9290, Pages:261-265

Parkes M, Sayer K, Goldhofer M, et al., 2017, Zirconia phase transformation in retrieved, wear simulated, and artificially aged ceramic femoral heads, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Vol:35, ISSN:0736-0266, Pages:2781-2789

Parkes M, Myant C, Cann PM, et al., 2015, Synovial Fluid Lubrication: The Effect of Protein Interactions on Adsorbed and Lubricating Films, Biotribology, Vol:1-2, Pages:51-60

Parkes M, Myant C, Dini D, et al., 2015, Tribology-optimised silk protein hydrogels for articular cartilage repair, Tribology International, Vol:89, ISSN:0301-679X, Pages:9-18


Roberts O, Lunt AJG, Ying S, et al., 2014, A study of phase transformation at the surface of a zirconia ceramic, Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2014, Pages:1173-1177

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