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.



Korbeld K, Klaassen M, Jobanputra R, et al., 2020, Effects of sebum properties on skin friction: investigation using a bench test, Biosurface and Biotribology, Vol:6, ISSN:2405-4518, Pages:43-47

Khafidh M, Schipper DJ, Masen MA, et al., 2020, Validity of Amontons’ law for run-in short-cut aramid fiber reinforced elastomers: The effect of epoxy coated fibers, Friction, Vol:8, ISSN:2223-7690, Pages:613-625

Klaassen M, De Vries EG, Masen MA, 2020, Interpersonal differences in the friction response of skin relate to FTIR measures for skin lipids and hydration, Colloids and Surfaces B-biointerfaces, Vol:189, ISSN:0927-7765

Boyle C, Carpanen D, Pandelani T, et al., 2020, Lateral pressure equalisation as a principle for designing support surfaces to prevent deep tissue pressure ulcers, Plos One, Vol:15, ISSN:1932-6203

Boyle C, Plotczyk M, Fayos Villalta S, et al., 2019, Morphology and composition play distinct and complementary roles in the tolerance of plantar skin to mechanical load, Science Advances, Vol:5, ISSN:2375-2548

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