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Department of Materials

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Dr Rebecca Higginson

Reader in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Programme Director: Materials Engineering and Automotive Materials
BEng, PhD, FRMS, CSci, CEng, FIMMM, MInstP

Tel: 01509 223161

Fax: 01509 223949


Dr Rebecca Higginson graduated from The University College Swansea in 1992 winning the British Steel Travel Award for her practical work. She went on to study for her PhD at Birmingham University on the ‘The Effect of Small Second Phase Particles on the Recrystallisation and Grain Growth in Aluminium’ sponsored by Alcan. In 1995 she became a Post Doctoral Research Associate at Sheffield University working on the thermomechanical processing of stainless steels and aluminium alloys. Whilst at Sheffield she took a part time Postgraduate Diploma in Education. In 2001 she became a Lecturer in Metallurgy at Loughborough University, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007 and Reader in 2015.


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Recent publications

~30 Journal and refereed conference papers have been published in the last 5 years including:

Goffin, NJ, Higginson, RL, Tyrer, JR (2015) The use of holographic optical elements (HOE's) to investigate the use of a flat irradiance profile in the control of heat absorption in wire-fed laser cladding, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, 220, pp.191-201.

Green, G, Higginson, R, Hogg, S, Spindler, S, Hamm, C, Najorka, J (2015) Analysis of ferrite formed in 321 grade austenitic stainless steel, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 31(4), pp.418-425.

Green, G, Higginson, R, Hogg, S, Spindler, S, Hamm, C (2014) Evolution of sigma phase in 321 grade austenitic stainless steel parent and weld metal with duplex microstructure, MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 30(12), pp.1392-1398.

Ashworth, MA, Wilcox, GD, Higginson, RL, Heath, RJ, Liu, C (2014) An investigation into zinc diffusion and tin whisker growth for electroplated tin deposits on brass, Journal of Electronic Materials, 43(4), pp.1005-1016.

Bunyan, D, Ashworth, MA, Wilcox, GD, Higginson, RL, Heath, RJ, Liu, C (2013) Tin whisker growth from electroplated finishes - a review, Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing, 91(5), pp.249-259.

Gorman, DM, Higginson, RL, Thomson, RC, Du, H, McColvin, G, Fry, AT (2012) Microstructural Analysis of IN617 and IN625 Oxidised in the Presence of Steam for use in Ultra-Supercritical Power Plant, Oxidation of Metals, pp.1-14.

Jepson, MAE and Higginson, RL (2012) In situ observation of the oxidation of S32101 duplex stainless steel at 900°C, Corrosion Science, 59, pp.263-269.

Liu, J, Binner, J, Higginson, R (2012) Dry sliding wear behaviour of co-continuous ceramic foam/aluminium alloy interpenetrating composites produced by pressureless infiltration, Wear, 276–277, pp.94 - 104-94 - 104.

Johnson, K, Edmonds, HC, Higginson, RL, Harris, RA (2011) New discoveries in ultrasonic consolidation nano-structures using emerging analysis techniques, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART L-JOURNAL OF MATERIALS-DESIGN AND APPLICATIONS, 225(L4), pp.277-287.

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