Department of Materials


Professor Scott Lockyer BEng PhD FIMMM CEng MWeldI

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Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Advanced Materials


Scott graduated with a BEng degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Liverpool in 1988 and then undertook a PhD at the same institution graduating in 1992. He is Technical Head of Materials and Corrosion in Uniper Technologies Limited's (UTG) Integrity and Inspection Solutions Department. UTG provides technical support across the whole range of both Uniper’s and external clients assets including coal, CCGT, biomass, energy from waste and wind generation. Scott’s role is to provide technical leadership and oversight of Materials activities such as R&D, failure investigation and component life assessment within the Integrity and Inspection Solutions department. Scott joined UTG in November 2005 following technical management and principal engineer roles in a number of engineering consultancies including TWI. Prior to this Scott was a Research Fellow for four years in the Department of Materials at Oxford University.


  • BEng (Hons) Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Liverpool, 1988
  • PhD “The strength and fatigue resistance of a precipitate strengthened Cu-Ni-Si alloy”, University of Liverpool, 1992
  • MIMMM Member of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Materials, 2002
  • CEng Chartered Engineer, 2002
  • MWeldI Member of the Welding Institute, 2003
  • FIMMM Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, 2009

Key Awards:

  • Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Advanced Materials in 2013.


Outline of main research interests:

  • The performance of materials  in high temperature power plants.
  • The mechanical properties of steels and nickel alloys subject to creep, fatigue, oxidation, corrosion, etc.
  • Development of high temperature power plant materials.
  • Oxidation and corrosion resistant coatings.

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • MPC103/MPD102 - Industrial Case Studies
  • MPD030 - Master’s Group Design Project
  • MPC110 - Individual Projects (UG)
  • MPC104 - Tomorrow’s Materials


Recent publications: 

20 journal and refereed conference papers have been published including:

  • Lockyer, S. and Noble, F.W., “Precipitate Structure in a Cu-Ni-Si Alloy”, Journal of Materials Science, Vol.29, pp.218-226, 1994.
  • Lockyer, S., Yun, M., Hunt, J.D. and Edmonds, D.V., “Microstructural Defects in Thin Sheet Twin-Roll Cast Aluminium Alloys”, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Aluminium Alloys ICAA-5, Grenoble, July 1996. Published in Materials Science Forum, Vol.217, pp.367-372, 1996.
  • Kennedy, A.R. and Lockyer, S., “The Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AL-TiC MMC’s Fabricated by a Modified Stir Casting Technique”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Composites Engineering ICCE/3, pp.437-438, New Orleans, July 1996.
  • Lockyer, S., Yun, M., Evans, P.V., Gatenby, K.M. and Hunt, J.D., “The Thermo-Mechanical Processing of a Twin Roll Cast AA1200 Aluminium Alloy”, Proceedings of the 4th Decennial International Conference on Solidification Processing SP97, Sheffield, July 1997.
  • Lockyer, S. and Noble, F.W., The Fatigue of a Precipitate Strengthened Cu-Ni-Si Alloy”, Materials Science and Technology, A280, pp.116-123, 1999.
  • Lockyer, S., “Mechanical Properties of Friction Stir Welds in Magnesium Alloys” S A Lockyer, The International Conference on Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications, Munich, September 2000. Also published in Bulletin, The Technical Journal of TWI, Vol.42, no.2, March/April 2001.
  • Leonard, A.J. and Lockyer, S., “Flaws in Friction Stir Welds”, Proceedings of the 4thInternational Symposium on Friction Stir Welding, Park City, Utah, May 2003.
  • Lockyer, S. and Tschaffon, H., “700oC Power Plant Technology – Current Status and Further Challenges”, The 8th International Charles Parsons Turbine Conference, Portsmouth, September 2011.
  • Lockyer, S., Ullrich C. and Gierschner, G., “Flexible and Efficient Power Plant”, Energy Materials: Meeting the Challenge, Loughborough University, October 2012.

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External Collaborators: 

  • Imperial College London
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Southampton
  • IWM Franhofer
  • MPa Stuttgart
  • VTT
  • CSM
  • Alstom Power Ltd
  • Doosan Babcock
  • RWE
  • RWE npower
  • TUV
  • Siemens Industrial Turbines Ltd
  • NPL
  • Centrica
  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • Goodwins Castings

External roles and appointments:

  • High Temperature Materials and Energy Materials Committees of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Materials
  • Mat UK Energy Materials Working Group