Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Tribology



+44 (0)20 7594 7242d.dini Website




669City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Dini's research covers a very wide range of topics in teh field of tribology, applied mechanics and materials.

PhD studentships

Applications are invited for PhD studentships at any time during the year.

The research is mainly focused on the modelling of tribological systems for various applications. Both analytical/numerical modelling and experimental work will be promoted.

To apply, please e-mail covering letter and CV to 

Current Research Topics

  • Tribology
  • Biotribology (articular cartilage, osteoarthritis, tissue indentation and damage, bio-lubrication modelling, soft contacts)
  • Fatigue and Fracture (Including Fretting Fatigue)
  • Applied Contact Mechanics
  • Lubrication in the Presence of Cavitation and Textured Surfaces
  • Rolling Contact Fatigue and Mechanics of Lubricated Cracks
  • Asymptotic Approaches for Contact Problems
  • Crack Initiation and Propagation in the Presence of Interfaces and Lubrication
  • Material modelling of engineering couplings
  • Shock Physics and Impact using Dislocation Dynamics
  • Multi-scale Modelling
  • CFD Modelling of Bearings
  • Molecular Dynamic Simulations
  • Polycrystalline Diamond characterisation
  • Adhesion Models and Contact Mechanics for Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) of Granular Flow and Compaction


    Dr Dini Mechanical Engineering, Dr D Balint Mechanical Engineering, and Dr Serdar Ozbayraktar of Element 6, Imperial College London, Supervision of TSM-CDT PhD project on failure of diamond composites for which the students is Mahdieh Tajabadi Ebrahimi., 2013

    Dr Daniel Balint Mechanical Engineering; Dr Daniele Dini Mechanical Engineering; Dr Daniel Eakins Physics, Imperial College London, Supervision of TSM-CDT PhD project on elastodynamic treatment of dislocation dynamics, for which the student is Benat Gurrutxaga Lerma, 2011

    Dr Ambrose Taylor

    Dr Tamer Zaki

    Dr Daniel Balint

    Professor Kamran Nikbin

    Professor Adrian P. Sutton, FRS

    Professor David Ewins, Dynamics

    Professor Tony Kinloch

    Dr Maria Charalambides


    Professor Hugh Spikes, Tribology

    Dr Philippa Cann, Tribology

    Dr Andy Olver, Tribology


    Research Staff



    Research Student Supervision

    ACCARDI,M, DTA Award, Tribological and mechanical characterisation of articular cartilage behaviour

    BALARAM,G, MSc-Advanced Fracture Mechanics

    BALCOMBE,R, EPSRC-Lubricated crack

    CHARLES,B, MSc Project:: MD simulation of bubbles in bulk fluids

    HAJISHAFIEE,A, PhD - CFD of EHL contacts

    LAFOND,N, MSC-Advanced Fracture Mechanics

    MEERSCHMAN,OD, MSc - Design of Suspensions (Associate Supervisor)

    MONAGHAN,K, Studies of seals for aueronautical applications

    REINA,S, DTI-Collaborative project GKN, JCB, CORUS, MIchelin

    SMITH,E, PhD - Molecular-continuum coupling

    ZOGRAFOS,A, DTI - Collaborative project GKN, JCB, CORUS, MIchelin