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Loughborough University

Department of Materials

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Gary Critchlow x 135

Dr Gary Critchlow

Senior Lecturer

Tel: 01509 222949



Gary has worked for Loughborough University since January 1987; initially as a member of the Surface Analysis Group of Loughborough Consultants Ltd located within the Physics Department. In 1990 this group became the Institute of Surface Science and Technology (ISST) and was later integrated within the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering (IPTME) now the Department of Materials. He is currently a Senior Lecturer. Gary is responsible for a number of major fundamental research projects and at any moment in time manages a number of industrial consultancies.


Key awards

Current teaching responsibilities

Current administrative responsibilities

Departmental Seminar Coordinator

CIP (PG) Panel

Postgraduate (Teaching) Working Group

Outline of main research interests

Gary’s research interests include the invention and development of novel surface processes and multifunctional materials which are aimed towards meeting the specific demands of industry. This research is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing from expertise in the fields of; materials, mechanical engineering, physics and chemistry.

Current studies are concerned with: the development of novel processes for optimised adhesion and corrosion resistance imparted to metals including aluminium alloys and steels and the modelling of joints to determine the lifetime of bonded structures taking into account complex loading and environmental considerations. Some prebond treatments, particularly those suitable for aerospace use have been upscaled for commercial use. Gary also has a large interest in polymer modification using nanoparticles to provide adhesives and coatings with advanced properties.

Recent publications

Gary is either sole or co-author of over 90 refereed journal papers in addition to numerous conference contributions:

Selected publications

Gary has made eight book contributions contained in:

Current and recent grants and contracts (with others)

External collaborators

Since 2003, host to MSc students from ISTIL, University of Lyon, France. Ongoing collaborative research undertaken with Professor Lucas da Silva University of Oporto, Portugal and Dr Maelenn Aufrey, University of Toulouse, France.

External roles and appointments

Gary is professionally active member of the International Editorial Board of both the International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives and the Journal of Adhesion.  He also regularly referees for a number of other materials-related journals.

Commercialisation and Recent Consultancies

Commercialisation of research:
Industrial research exploitation:
Inventor of patent GB 2421 959 A Anodising of Aluminium Alloy.
Commercialisation ongoing in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace.

In a consultancy capacity Gary has authored over 500 confidential reports to industrial clients from all manufacturing sectors on topics including:

These have consultancies have led to an income of over £1M to date for Loughborough University.

Full list of publications

Gary has over 2000 citations and has a h-index of 25 

Loughborough CIS Portal: Publication list

Link to Google Scholar


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