Imperial College London

Dr T Ben Britton

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Reader in Metallurgy and Microscopy



+44 (0)20 7594 2634b.britton Website




B301Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My research has two core themes:

Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) - I have been developing a high resolution variant of this technique that can measure elastic strain (i.e. stress), lattice rotation and dislocation content in crystalline materials.

Deformation of Metals - I have experience in understanding deformation in titanium and zirconium. This has been lead by combining my work using EBSD with other techniques such as nanoindentation and conventional mechanical testing.

In addition to this work, I am interested generally in the fields of microstructure and mechanical properties. Including texture formation, deformation patterning, recovery and recrystallisation.

Research Team

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Post Doctoral Research Team:

Jun Jiang - Micro-mechanical tests in aerospace materials

PDRA supported by AVIC BIAM

Co-supervised with Professor Fionn Dunne


Tea-Sun (Terry) Jun - Micro-pillar deformation of Ti624X alloys for aerospace

PDRA supported by HexMat

Co-supervised with Professor Fionn Dunne

PhD Studentships:


Giorgio Sernicola (2014-2017) - Diamond Metal Cutting Tools

Co-supervised with Dr Finn Giuliani, working with Element 6


Suki Adande (2014-2017) - Coating for turbine blades

PhD studentship supported by AVIC BIAM.


Vivian Tong (2013 - 2016) - Deformation of Zirconium Alloys

Self funded PhD student with additional support from Rolls Royce plc


Masters Students:

Natalia Skwierawska (2013) - Stress corrosion cracking in Alloy 600

MSc Nuclear Engineering research project student

Co-supervised with Dr Mark Wenman



Professor Angus Wilkinson, University of Oxford

Guest Lectures

Probing micro-mechanical deformation behaviour with high resolution electron backscatter diffraction, Cavendish, Cambridge, UK, 2014

Micromechanical testing of Zirconium Alloys, HMS Sultan, UK, 2013

Probing deformation behaviour with high resolution electron backscatter diffraction and micro-mechanical testing, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2013

Resolving deformation mechanisms in titanium alloys with high resolution electron backscatter diffraction, University of Pennsilvania, PA, USA, 2011

Research Staff


Research Student Supervision

McNamara,F, Hydride Reorientation in Zr

Moss-Mccrory,T, Stress Corrosion Cracking of Ni Alloys

Naunheim,Y, Efficient Crystal Plasticity Modelling

Ren,B, Micromechanical testing of stainless steel

Sernicola,G, Fracture of Brittle Materials

Tong,V, Analysis of Heterogeneous Deformation in HCP Metals