Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Atomic-Scale Characterization







Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Gault currently holds a joint appointment between Imperial College London and the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, where he is the Group Leader for atom probe tomography. Since Feb. 2018, he also leads an ERC-Consolidator funded group, targeting hydrogen in metals using atom probe tomography.

Dr Gault obtained his PhD  in physics in Rouen (Feb. 2007) where he developed a new generation of pulsed-laser atom probe microscopes. He then worked as a research scientist at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Sydney from 2007-2009 and 2010-2012 (jointly with ANSTO). In between, he held an Intra-European Marie Curie fellowship at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford where he worked on thermoelectric materials. In 2012, he started a brief academic appointment as Assist. Prof. at McMaster University in Canada. From Dec. 2012 to Dec. 2015, he interrupted his research career, and took on a position of Senior Publisher in the Materials Science group at Elsevier Ltd. in Oxford, looking after the Materials Engineering portfolio that comprises Acta Materialia & Scripta Materialia.Since April 2013, I am also an academic visitor at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. He became Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in January 2016.

He is the Editor for Materialia, and an associate Editor for Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia.



Poplawsky JD, Pillai R, Ren QQ, et al., 2022, Measuring oxygen solubility in Ni grains and boundaries after oxidation using atom probe tomography, Scripta Materialia, Vol:210, ISSN:1359-6462

Luo T, Mangelinck D, Serrano-Sánchez F, et al., 2022, Grain boundary in NbCo(Pt)Sn half-Heusler compounds: Segregation and solute drag on grain boundary migration, Acta Materialia, Vol:226, ISSN:1359-6454

Zhou X, Wei Y, Kühbach M, et al., 2022, Revealing in-plane grain boundary composition features through machine learning from atom probe tomography data, Acta Materialia, Vol:226, ISSN:1359-6454

Peng Z, Meiners T, Lu Y, et al., 2022, Quantitative analysis of grain boundary diffusion, segregation and precipitation at a sub-nanometer scale, Acta Materialia, Vol:225, ISSN:1359-6454

Gomell L, Haeger T, Roscher M, et al., 2022, Microstructure manipulation by laser-surface remelting of a full-Heusler compound to enhance thermoelectric properties, Acta Materialia, Vol:223, ISSN:1359-6454

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