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Dr Adrian Oila



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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 Engineering (Advanced Materials Group).  I teach at all levels, from foundation year to postgraduate level and I also supervise postgraduate research students (PhD, MSc, MEng). My main areas of expertise are materials failure, tribology and materials informatics.


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


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

  • DFT calculations and AIMD;
  • Materials behaviour using classical molecular dynamics
  • LaTeX for document preparation

PhD Students

Currently I supervise 7 PhD students.

Awarded PhDs

Noushin Moharrami (Extracting reliable mechanical properties using the nanoindentation technique) 2014

Chi Lung (Micropitting and martensite decay in gears) 2015

Mohammed Kadhim (PolyHIPEs for Water Treatment) 2017

Research Impact

World's oldest insect inspires a new generation of aerogels (see here: press release)

Bioinspired Synthesis of Monolithic and Layered Aerogels (

Aerogels and dragonfly video:

The use of lubricants containing IFLM significantly increases the operational life of components (Machinery Lubrication by Noria)