Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Tribology and Mechanical Engineering Design



+44 (0)20 7594 7066m.masen




Mrs Chrissy Stevens +44 (0)20 7594 7064




668City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Marc received his MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. His PhD thesis was entitled Abrasive Tool Wear in Metal Forming Processes. Following his PhD he worked at the R&D centre of Hydro Aluminium with a focus on investigating the surface quality of aluminium extrusions. In 2006 he returned to Twente as a lecturer, initiating research into biotribology. In 2013 he joined Imperial College.

Marc's main areas of research are
- Tribology of Human Tissue
- Tribology of Elastomers and Polymers
- Wear Prevention and Wear Mechanisms
- Tribometer Development.

Recent work includes the development of analytical models for the contact and friction behaviour of compliant, visco-elastic materials, an investigation of the wear behaviour of UHMWPE for use in implants and the design of a novel portable tribometer that has been used in the development of a statistics based model for friction forces in human skin contacts.

He currently runs a research project in which engineers and clinicians collaborate to establish the relationship between friction or shear forces and the development of pressure ulcers.



Cann P, Wimmer M, Masen M, 2023, Editorial: Biotribology, Biotribology, Vol:35-36

Zhou X, Masen MA, Mo J, et al., 2023, Investigation of Experimental Devices for Finger Active and Passive Tactile Friction Analysis, Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering (english Edition), Vol:36, ISSN:1000-9345

Masen MA, Vlamings GCL, Schipper DJ, 2023, Friction and Contact Temperatures in the Cleaving of Bone and Wood Using Stone Tools – A Case Study in Palaeolithic Tribology, Biotribology, Vol:35-36

Masen M, Cann P, 2023, Tribology test design for friction measurements with application to oral medicines, Biotribology, Vol:35-36

Zhou X, Li Y, Tian Y, et al., 2023, Friction and neuroimaging of active and passive tactile touch., Sci Rep, Vol:13

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