Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 8547f.bouville Website




LM04ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






My research interests go from structural to functional material associated with some research on natural material and bioinspiration. All of these are gathered around two main cores, ceramic materials and processing. Ceramic are at the centre of today's and future high-end engineering products due to their resistance to extreme environments and their functional properties, with application ranging from turbine blades in engines, bone replacement and batteries. I am choosing to focus my research on processing because controlling a material structure across multiple length scales can break us free from some of the limitations encoded in materials at the atomic scale. 

More specifically, I worked with and developed several processes based on colloids, solidification, magnetic field, pressure-assisted densification, and additive manufacturing. These processes are all based on ceramic powder and allow us to shape the material microstructure in various ways. Additionally, to get insight into what is possible to achieve by changing a material structure, we look into natural materials (bone, wood, seashells etc...) and to try replicate their design. To support this developments, I worked on different types of modelling tools (FEM, DEM) and images analysis on 3D structure (tomography data acquisition and treatment).

Video and online talks

Introduction video to bioinspiration and its application to make ceramics tougher and more sustainable.
Online seminar given for the Solid Mechanics Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique (


I joined the Department of Materials and the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics as lecturer in October 2018. Before that, I obtained my Master's degree in Material Sciences at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA de Lyon, France) in 2010. Then, I moved to the South of France for a PhD between three partners: the company Saint-Gobain, the Laboratory of Synthesis and Functionalization of Ceramics and the MATEIS laboratory (INSA de Lyon). In 2014, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher, then as a scientist in 2016, in the Complex Materials group of Prof. André R. Studart at the Department of Materials at the ETH Zürich. 


I am always looking for motivated and curious individuals interested in doing a PhD or Post-Doctoral position. If you are interested, please contact me via email, twitter, ...

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Magrini T, Senol A, Style R, et al., 2022, Fracture of hierarchical multi-layered bioinspired composites, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:159, ISSN:0022-5096

Magrini T, Kiebala D, Grimm D, et al., 2021, Tough Bioinspired Composites That Self-Report Damage, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:13, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:27481-27490

Poloni E, Bouville F, Dreimol CH, et al., 2021, Tough metal-ceramic composites with multifunctional nacre-like architecture, Scientific Reports, Vol:11, ISSN:2045-2322

Magrini T, Moser S, Fellner M, et al., 2020, Transparent Nacre-like Composites Toughened through Mineral Bridges, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:30, ISSN:1616-301X

Haug M, Bouville F, Adrien J, et al., 2020, Multiscale deformation processes during cold sintering of nanovaterite compacts, Acta Materialia, Vol:189, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:266-273

Grossman M, Bouville F, Masania K, et al., 2018, Quantifying the role of mineral bridges on the fracture resistance of nacre-like composites, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:115, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:12698-12703

Bouville F, Studart AR, 2017, Geologically-inspired strong bulk ceramics made with water at room temperature, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Billaud J, Bouville F, Magrini T, et al., 2016, Magnetically aligned graphite electrodes for high-rate performance Li-ion batteries, Nature Energy, Vol:1, ISSN:2058-7546, Pages:1-6

Le Ferrand H, Bouville F, Niebel TP, et al., 2015, Magnetically assisted slip casting of bioinspired heterogeneous composites, Nature Materials, Vol:14, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:1172-1179

Bouville F, Maire E, Meille S, et al., 2014, Strong, tough and stiff bioinspired ceramics from brittle constituents, Nature Materials, Vol:13, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:508-514

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