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.



Prithiv TS, Kloenne Z, Li D, et al., 2022, Grain boundary segregation and its implications regarding the formation of the grain boundary alpha phase in the metastable ,B-Titanium Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr alloy, Scripta Materialia, Vol:207, ISSN:1359-6462

Agrawal P, Karthikeyan S, Makineni SK, et al., 2022, Dynamic strain aging in the intermediate temperature regime of near-α titanium alloy, IMI 834: Experimental and modeling, Acta Materialia, Vol:222, ISSN:1359-6454

Varanasi RS, Lipinska-Chwalek M, Mayer J, et al., 2022, Mechanisms of austenite growth during intercritical annealing in medium manganese steels, Scripta Materialia, Vol:206, ISSN:1359-6462

Morgado FF, Katnagallu S, Freysoldt C, et al., 2021, Revealing atomic-scale vacancy-solute interaction in nickel (vol 203, 114036, 2021), Scripta Materialia, Vol:205, ISSN:1359-6462

Rau JS, Balachandran S, Schneider R, et al., 2021, High diffusivity pathways govern massively enhanced oxidation during tribological sliding, Acta Materialia, Vol:221, ISSN:1359-6454

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