School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Geoff Gibson

Research Director of NewRail and Professor of Composite Materials Engineering



Geoff Gibson holds the Roland Cookson Chair. He runs the Centre for Composite Materials Engineering, which specialises in several aspects of the fabrication and use of composites, including marine and offshore applications, pipework, thermoplastic composites, environmental behaviour and the behaviour of composite structures in fire. Research in this area is sponsored by EPSRC, DTI, EU and directly by industry.

Geoff Gibson is also Research Director of NewRail, which is a Research Centre devoted to of all forms of technology involved with transport. NewRail is heavily involved in the use of composites and other lghtweight materials to improve the sustainability of modes of transport.  Most recently, NewRail has become the Lead Partner in the EU-sponsored FIRE-RESIST programme, which is aimed at promoting a step-change improvement in the fire behaviour of lightweight materials used in transport.


Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, C.Eng.

Honours and Awards

Institute of Materials Holliday Prize, 2001.
Institute of Materials Alan Glanville Award, 2003 (Gibson and Wright).


Research Interests

Processing and properties of polymer and composite materials.

Environmental behaviour of composite materials.                                                                                    

Non-metallic materials in the energy industries.                                                                                      

Fire behaviour of composites.

Esteem Indicators

EPSRC College Member
Chair of the following conferences: International Conferences on Composites in Fire (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011); 9th International Conference on Fibre Reinforced Composites (2002).
Associate Editor of Plastics, Rubber and Composites
Editorial Board Member of Composites A
Invited Keynote Presentations: Ameron Composite Pipe Workshop (May 2001), US Navy Workshop on Composite Fire Damage (Washington DC, July 2002), NACE Conference (Bahrain, March 2004), Petronas Workshop on Composite Materials in Oil and Gas (Kuala Lumpur, March 2004), International Conference on Engineering Against Fracture (Greece, 2008, 2011 ans 2013).
Convenor of the ISO Working Group, ISO/TC138/SC4/WG8, which produced technical specification, ISO TS 18226 (2004), Reinforced thermoplastic piping systems for gaseous fuels.


Undergraduate Teaching

MEC 1002 Materials 1                                                                                                                                

MEC 2001 Materials 2                                                                                                                                

MEC 3005 Stress Analysis

MEC 4008 Manufacturing Technology

MEC 3104 Developments in Materials and Processes