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.



Jenkins BM, Haley J, Chen L, et al., 2023, Experimental and modelling evidence for hydrogen trapping at a β-Nb second phase particle and Nb-rich nanoclusters in neutron-irradiated low Sn ZIRLO, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol:587, ISSN:0022-3115

Freixes ML, Zhou X, Aymerich-Armengol R, et al., 2023, Crack arrest markings in stress corrosion cracking of 7xxx aluminium alloys: Insights into active hydrogen embrittlement mechanisms, Scripta Materialia, Vol:237, ISSN:1359-6462

Rivas NAR, Manjon AG, Vega-Paredes M, et al., 2023, Chemistry and microstructure of C-supported Ru catalyst nanoparticles: A correlative study, Ultramicroscopy, Vol:254, ISSN:0304-3991

Li Y, Wei Y, Wang Z, et al., 2023, Quantitative three-dimensional imaging of chemical short-range order via machine learning enhanced atom probe tomography., Nat Commun, Vol:14

Woods EV, Singh MP, Kim S-H, et al., 2023, A Versatile and Reproducible Cryo-sample Preparation Methodology for Atom Probe Studies., Microsc Microanal

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