Imperial College London

Dr Minh-Son (Son) Pham

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Lecturer in Engineering Alloys and Metallurgy



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Son Pham is a Lecturer (equiv. to Assistant Professor) in the department of Materials. Previously, he was a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University and a Guest Researcher at NIST from 2013-2015. He obtained a Doctor of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich with distinction - ETH Medal. His research has been published in Nature, J. of Mech. and Phys. of Solids, Int. J. of Plasticity, MSE A, etc. He has frequently been invited for lectures at conferences (ICMAT2019, Thermec, TMS etc.)

He currently leads a research group in Materials Design for Advanced Manufacturing. His research focuses on assessing the printability of alloys, additive manufacturing, microstructure, mechanical integrity, meta-materials and machine learning. More detail about his research, please visit:  Pham personal webpage


03/2019: Dr. Pham was recently awarded a competitive grant: Excellent Funds for Frontier Research that supports breakthrough research at Imperial.

01/2019: One of his recent studies "Damage-tolerant architected materials inspired by crystal microstructure, Nature, 565, 305-311 (2019)" presents a transformative approach to combine the science of metals with 3D printing to generate extraordinarily tough and lightweight meta-materials with desired properties, holding great potential for a variety of applications. The study has been highlighted by Nature's Editorial - 3D printing mimics metals and by Expert's Analysis in Nature's issue #7739. An editor of Nature Communications also offers their thoughts on this groundbreaking study. The study is featured in > 15 media channels (in English, Dutch, Korean): Imperial College's webpage, Physics World, Chemical & Engineering News, Dutch Newspaper NRC, Science News, EurekAlert, Nature Korea, University of Sheffield, & many more


PhD study positions:

Note: Fund is available only for UK/EU students, overseas students need to secure their own financial support.

Postdoc positions: One 3-year position is currently available. To apply, please visit:

Prospective students/postdocs who want to work with him in additive manufacturing, metal forming, microstructures, constitutive modelling and mechanical performance, please do not hesitate to contact him at  


- MSE 203 Mechanical Behaviour: Fracture of Materials

- MSE204 Microstructure Evolution

-MSE 307 Welding and Additive Manufacturing

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Chen L, James Edwards TE, Di Gioacchino F, et al., 2019, Crystal plasticity analysis of deformation anisotropy of lamellar TiAl alloy: 3D microstructure-based modelling and in-situ micro-compression, International Journal of Plasticity, ISSN:0749-6419

Minh-Son P, Liu C, Todd I, et al., 2019, Damage-tolerant architected materials inspired by crystal microstructure, Nature, Vol:565, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:305-311+

Piglione A, Dovgyy B, Liu C, et al., 2018, Printability and microstructure of the CoCrFeMnNi high-entropy alloy fabricated by laser powder bed fusion, Materials Letters, Vol:224, ISSN:0167-577X, Pages:22-25

Pham MS, Creuziger A, Iadicola M, et al., 2016, Roles of texture and latent hardening on plastic anisotropy of face-centered-cubic materials during multi-axial loading, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:99, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:50-69

Pham MS, Iadicola M, Creuziger A, et al., 2015, Thermally-activated constitutive model including dislocation interactions, aging and recovery for strain path dependence of solid solution strengthened alloys: Application to AA5754-O, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:75, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:226-243

Pham MS, Holdsworth SR, Janssens KGF, et al., 2013, Cyclic deformation response of AISI 316L at room temperature: Mechanical behaviour, microstructural evolution, physically-based evolutionary constitutive modelling, International Journal of Plasticity, Vol:47, ISSN:0749-6419, Pages:143-164

Pham MS, Holdsworth SR, 2013, Role of microstructural condition on fatigue damage development of AISI 316L at 20 and 300 degrees C, International Journal of Fatigue, Vol:51, ISSN:0142-1123, Pages:36-48

Pham MS, Holdsworth SR, 2012, Dynamic strain ageing of AISI 316L during cyclic loading at 300 degrees C: Mechanism, evolution, and its effects, Materials Science and Engineering A - Structural Materials Properties Microstructure and Processing, Vol:556, ISSN:0921-5093, Pages:122-133

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