Imperial College London

Dr Minh-Son (Son) Pham

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Lecturer in Engineering Alloys and Metallurgy



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Son Pham is a Lecturer (equiv. to Assistant Professor in USA) in the department of Materials. Previously, he was a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University and a Guest Researcher at NIST from 2013-2015. He obtained a Doctor of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich with distinction - ETH Medal. His research has been published in Nature, J. of Mech. and Phys. of Solids, Int. J. of Plasticity, etc. He has delivered > 15 invited lectures at international conferences (ICMAT2019, Thermec, TMS etc.)

He currently leads a research group of 8 PhD students and 1 postdoc in Materials Design for Advanced Manufacturing. His research focuses on assessing the printability of alloys, additive manufacturing, microstructure, mechanical integrity, meta-materials and machine learning. More detail about his research, please visit:  Pham personal webpage

He teaches multiple subjects at Imperial: Failures of Materials, Additive Manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing), Microstructure of Steels. He is a placement coordinator and career adviser in the department of Materials, looking after the exchange programmes in Materials and Nuclear Engineering between Imperial and other universities including MIT, Purdue, etc.


03/2019: Dr. Pham was recently awarded a competitive grant: Excellent Funds for Frontier Research that supports breakthrough research at Imperial.

01/2019: One of his recent studies "Damage-tolerant architected materials inspired by crystal microstructure, Nature, 565, 305-311 (2019)" presents a transformative approach to combine the science of metals with 3D printing to generate extraordinarily tough and lightweight meta-materials with desired properties, holding great potential for a variety of applications. The study has been highlighted by Nature's Editorial - 3D printing mimics metals and by Expert's Analysis in Nature's issue #7739. An editor of Nature Communications also offers their thoughts on this groundbreaking study. The study is featured in > 15 media channels (in English, Dutch, Korean): Imperial College's webpage, Physics World, Chemical & Engineering News, Dutch Newspaper NRC, Science News, EurekAlert, Nature Korea, University of Sheffield, & many more


PhD study positions:

  • Imperial President Scholarship 2020 If you wish to have my consideration for a nomination for the scholarship, you need to contact me before:1st November 2019 for Round 123rd Dec 2019 for Round 2 and 1st March 2020 for Round 3.
  • Oct 2020: meta-materials containing multiscale hierarchical lattice structures. Note: this studentship is available only for UK/EU students, overseas students need to secure their own financial support.

Postdoc positions: One 3-year position is currently available. To apply, please visit:

Prospective students/postdocs who want to work with him in additive manufacturing, metal forming, microstructures, constitutive modelling and mechanical performance, please do not hesitate to contact him at  


- MSE 203: Mechanical Behaviour - Fracture of Materials

- MSE204: Microstructure Evolution

-MSE 307: Welding and Additive Manufacturing,

- MSE 307: Microstructure of Steels

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Pham M-S, Dovgyy B, Hooper P, et al., The role of side-branching in microstructure development in laser powder-bed fusion, Nature Communications, ISSN:2041-1723

Chen L, James Edwards TE, Di Gioacchino F, et al., 2019, Crystal plasticity analysis of deformation anisotropy of lamellar TiAl alloy: 3D microstructure-based modelling and in-situ micro-compression, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:119, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:344-360

Minh-Son P, Liu C, Todd I, et al., 2019, Damage-tolerant architected materials inspired by crystal microstructure, Nature, Vol:565, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:305-311+

Piglione A, Dovgyy B, Liu C, et al., 2018, Printability and microstructure of the CoCrFeMnNi high-entropy alloy fabricated by laser powder bed fusion, Materials Letters, Vol:224, ISSN:0167-577X, Pages:22-25

Pham MS, Creuziger A, Iadicola M, et al., 2016, Roles of texture and latent hardening on plastic anisotropy of face-centered-cubic materials during multi-axial loading, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:99, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:50-69

Minh-Son P, Iadicola M, Creuziger A, et al., 2015, Thermally-activated constitutive model including dislocation interactions, aging and recovery for strain path dependence of solid solution strengthened alloys: Application to AA5754-0, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:75, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:226-243

Pham MS, Holdsworth SR, Janssens KGF, et al., 2013, Cyclic deformation response of AISI 316L at room temperature: Mechanical behaviour, microstructural evolution, physically-based evolutionary constitutive modelling, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:47, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:143-164

Pham MS, Holdsworth SR, 2013, Role of microstructural condition on fatigue damage development of AISI 316L at 20 and 300 degrees C, International Journal of Fatigue, Vol:51, ISSN:0142-1123, Pages:36-48

Pham MS, Holdsworth SR, 2012, Dynamic strain ageing of AISI 316L during cyclic loading at 300 degrees C: Mechanism, evolution, and its effects, Materials Science and Engineering A - Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing, Vol:556, ISSN:0921-5093, Pages:122-133

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