Imperial College London

Professor Luc Vandeperre

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Structural Ceramics



+44 (0)20 7594 6766l.vandeperre




LM.04CRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Vandeperre's current research spans two themes. The first theme is thermomechanical properties of structural ceramics, where he is investigating ceramics for use in high temperature environments and as ballistic protection. A second theme is environmental technologies. In this area, he is involved in research into new cements and geopolymers for nuclear waste encapsulation, tailoring materials for removal of radionucleides from water, carbon capture and recycling of difficult wastes in plastic products.


Prof Peter Brown, Dstl, Ceramics and glasses, 2008

Dr W.J. Clegg, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Cambridge, Processing and characterisation of mechanical behaviour of advanced ceramics

Prof O Van der Biest & Prof J. Vleugels, Departement Metaalkunde en Toegepaste Materiaalkunde, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Processing of advanced ceramics

Prof Mike Reece, Queen Mary College, University of London, Sintering of advanced ceramics

Guest Lectures

The hardness of ZrB2 up to 2000 °C, 36th International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites, Daytona Beach, USA, 2013

Nuclear waste encapsulation in geopolymers, , Stoke-on-Trent, UK, 4 December 2012, Applications of Geopolymers, Lucideon, Stoke-on-Trent, 2012

A deformation mechanism map for ZrB2, 5th International Workshop on Advanced Ceramics, IWAC05, London, 2012

Design and verification for Ceramics : the State of the Art, European Space Agency workshop, ESTEC, Noordwijk, 2012

The hardness of ZrB2 up to 2000 °C,, 7th International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics, CICC-7, Xiamen, China, 2011

Research Student Supervision

Al Nasiri,N, Fatigue of monolithic ceramics

Alex,J, The effect of impurities in high alumina castable refractories

Besnard,C, Si doped Boron Carbide for Armour

Bourtsalas,A, Valorisation of Energy from Waste bottom ash

Madamombe,A, Hard Ceramic Composites for Armour

Mitchell,J, Recycling of difficult paper waste in polymer composites

Montague,W, Phosphate based cements for uranium encapsulation

Quadling,A, Thermal cycling degradation of refractories

Spathi,C, Light weight fillers from paper sludge ash