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Staff Profile

Dr Adrian Oila




I came to Newcastle in 1999 when I was awarded a PhD scholarship in Materials Science and Engineering. I completed my PhD with the thesis Micropitting and Related Phenomena in Case Carburised Gears.

Since August 2016 I am a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials. I teach at all levels, from foundation year to postgraduate level and I am also involved in postgraduate research supervision. My main research interests are in materials durability and failure prediction based on computational modelling.


PhD, Newcastle University 2003

Previous Positions

Teaching Fellow (2014-2016), School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University

Research Associate (2006-2014), School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University

Research Associate (2004-2005), Design Unit, Newcastle University

Research Impact

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Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate Modules

  • Foundation of Chemistry (SFY0005)
  • Materials Science 0 (SFY0013)
  • Materials in the Marine Environment (MAR1015)
  • Safety, Risk and Engineering Practice (CME2031)
  • Materials Degradation and Component Life (CME3097)

Postgraduate Modules

  • Lifetime Prediction and Design for Reliability (CME8032)
  • Materials and Fabrication (CME8039)
  • Material, Corrosion & Flow Assurance Aspects (CME8046)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (CME8054)
  • Mechanisms and Processes of Oxidation (CME8057)
  • Case Studies in Nanomaterials (CME8216)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (CME8035)

Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award 2016 in the Taught Supervisor of the Year category


Current Research

Other Expertise

  • Ab initio calculations of materials properties (Quantum Espresso);
  • Various studies on materials behaviour using molecular dynamics (GULP, LAMMPS)
  • LaTeX for document preparation

Research Supervision

Currently I supervise five PhD students.

Industrial Relevance

The use of lubricants containing IFLM significantly increases the operational life of components (see here:
press release