School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Philip Hyde



Information for Potential Collaborators and PhD Students

I would be very happy to hear from anyone with ideas or problems needing solutions: surgeons, engineers, potential PhD students and companies seeking advice.

If you are an international student looking for a PhD supervisor then I would be happy to consider you as long as you have access to full funding (fees and living expenses etc.).

About me

A chartered mechanical engineer with research speciality in bio-tribology (wear, friction, lubrication, materials science, corrosion) of artificial replacement joints for the body, biomechanics, biocompatibility, surface micro topography and mechanical failure analysis (forensic engineering). Interested in materials selection for bearing longevity and corrosion of implants, particularly spinal fusion devices and hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle replacements. In addition, has interest in the implant-bone interface and how to improve that long-term fixation. Also has interests in cell behaviour at the implant-surface interface and cell behaviour under fluid flow conditions in the natural intervertebral disc. Most of these projects have significant industrial cooperation.

Area of expertise: orthopaedic devices, medical implants (hip, knee, spine), PMMA cement, ISO testing, lab equipment design


BEng (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

PhD (Biomedical Engineering), University of Leeds

Chartered Mechanical Engineer (CEng MIMechE)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Memberships & Activity

Member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College

Student Mentoring coordinator for Mechanical Engineering

Member of the SAgE Faculty Research & Ethics Committee

Member of the Technical Support committee (Stephenson)

Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)

Journal referee for journals Tribology and Engineering in Medicine 

Internal and external PhD viva examiner 


Current funding:

£79,147 EPSRC studentship, National Productivity Investment Fund (Ref: EP/R512588/1)); £77,272 EPSRC DTP 2016-2017 award (Ref: EP/N509528/1); £2,500 MeDe* Innovation ECR secondment funding (*an EPSRC centre for innovative manufacturing in medical devices); £25,000 CASE award by Jointmedica Ltd, Worcester, UK; £25,000 CASE award by ZimmerBiomet Ltd, Bridgend, UK; A fully-funded international PhD studentship (~£17k p.a.); In-kind support for materials and conferences from Invibio Biomaterials Ltd and Fisher Paykel Ltd

Areas of interest:

·         Tribology (wear, friction, lubrication) of replacement artificial joints

·         Bio-compatibility of wear debris and particulates in vivo

·         The effects of frictional torque and how this is related to lubrication and wear

·         Corrosion of implanted devices

·         Explant failures and characterisation

·         Materials selection for replacement joint bearings longevity (UHMWPE, PEEK, CoCr etc)

·         Cell-surface interactions and surface topography, surface patterning, cells in flows

·         Cement-to-bone loosening in hip and other cemented implants

·         Design and testing of replacement joints such as 'surface replacement' hips

Currently supervising four PhD students and co-supervising a further four PhD students:

  • Kathryn Chamberlain - Tribology of novel polymer orthopaedic bearings 
  • Lewis Woollin - A novel hip surface replacement bearing
  • Alex Boote - Improving cement pressure in cemented orthopaedic hip replacements
  • Wan Saengwichian - Spinal correction rods failures in children
  • Zhichao Ma - Novel Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks for sleep apnoea
  • Cate Wilson - Biomechanics and spinal disc health [successful viva, 2017, some re-writing to complete]
  • Emma Kennard - Surface analysis of knee replacement joints
  • TBC - Lab on a chip analysis of blood samples in remote/disaster areas

Industrial partners:

  • Jointmedica Ltd
  • Zimmer Biomet Healthcare
  • Invibio Biomaterials Solutions
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare


I contribute to teaching at the Masters level on the following programme:

Specifically, I teach the following module in the bio-mechanical stream of bio-medical engineering (click below and go to the bottom of the page):

In addition, I supervise individual MSc projects associated with this programme. For more information about potential projects or orthopaedic engineering, please do not hesitate to contact me and I'll be happy to help.

General teaching duties:

Student mentor coordinator for Mechanical Engineering

MEC8049 Orthopaedic Engineering (MSc level, 20 credits)

MEC3018 Design for Industry (3rd year, 15 credits)

MEC3096/8 Individual Projects in 3rd year (30 credits)

MEC8095 MSc Projects (60 credits) 

MEC8099 Mechanical engineering team project, 4th year (40 credits)

MEC2007 Design II (assist in 'design week')

PhD supervisor to 8 students