Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+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 as a Senior Lecturer.

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.



Jobanputra R, Boyle C, Dini D, et al., 2020, Modelling the effects of age-related morphological and mechanical skin changes on the stimulation of tactile mechanoreceptors, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol:112, ISSN:1751-6161, Pages:1-10

Samaras G, Bikos D, Vieira J, et al., 2020, Measurement of molten chocolate friction under simulated tongue-palate kinematics: effect of cocoa solids content and aeration, Current Research in Food Science, Vol:3, ISSN:2665-9271, Pages:304-313

Katsikouli P, Ferraro P, Richardson H, et al., 2020, Distributed ledger enabled control of tyre induced particulate matter in Smart Cities, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, Vol:2, ISSN:2624-9634

Porte E, Cann P, Masen M, 2020, A lubrication replenishment theory for hydrogels, Soft Matter, Vol:16, ISSN:1744-683X, Pages:10290-10300

Masen MA, Chung A, Dawczyk JU, et al., 2020, Evaluating lubricant performance to reduce COVID-19 PPE-related skin injury, Plos One, Vol:15, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:e0239363-e0239363

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