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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Ed Pickering

Dr Ed Pickering

Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334434

Research Interests

My interests span a wide range of topics in physical metallurgy, including phase transformations, alloy design and alloy characterisation.  I'm currently working on a number of projects, in which I'm using high-resolution TEM techniques (STEM, EDX, diffraction) to characterise precipitates in alloys and understand their formation.  

My PhD examined the segregation that can occur over macroscopic distances during the solidification of large alloy castings, so I also have an interest in aspects of process metallurgy and solidification, including: fluid flow in castings, channel formation (freckling and A-segregation) and macrosegregation phenomena.  


  • TEM
  • characterisation
  • alloy design
  • diffraction
  • STEM
  • novel alloy development
  • microstructure
  • intermetallics
  • steels
  • nickel-based superalloys
  • alloy development

Key Publications

Grain-boundary precipitation in Allvac 718Plus
E.J. Pickering, H. Mathur, A. Bhowmik, O.M.D.M Messé, J.S. Barnard, M.C. Hardy, C.M.F Rae
Acta Materialia 60 (2012), 2757-2769 

Macrosegregation in steel ingots: the applicability of modelling and characterisation techniques
E.J. Pickering
ISIJ Int 53 (2013), 935-949.

Other Publications

On the precipitation of delta phase in ALLVAC® 718Plus
O.M.D.M. Messé, J.S. Barnard, E.J. Pickering, P.A. Midgley, C.M.F. Rae
Philosophical Magazine 94 (2014), 1132-1152.

Degradation of nanostructured bainitic steel under rolling contact fatigue
W. Solano-Alvarez, E.J. Pickering, H.K.D.H. Bhadeshia
Materials Science and Engineering: A 617 (2014), 156-164.

Detection of macrosegregation in a large metallic specimen using XRF
E.J. Pickering and M. Holland
Ironmaking and Steelmaking 41 (2014), 493-499.

Macrosegregation and Microstructural Evolution in a Pressure-Vessel Steel
E.J. Pickering, H.K.D.H. Bhadeshia
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 45 (2014), 2983-2997.

Application of criterion for A-segregation in steel ingots
E.J. Pickering, S.S. Al-Bermani, J. Talamantes-Silva
Materials Science and Technology, in press.



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Dr. Lewis Owen appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge

Jan 24, 2018

Dr. Lewis Owen has been appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship commencing in October 2018 at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge. We look forward to many more years of high quality research into the wonderful world of short range order.

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology Visit

Jan 17, 2018

We had a fantastic time today hosting the uber-talented students from the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. We believe sharing some of our research and encouraging as many people as possible to consider STEM careers is a key responsibility for any scientist/engineer.

PhD studentships now available within the group

Jan 09, 2018

Navigate onto our vacancies page to find out more!

Strategic Partnership with Rolls-Royce shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017

Oct 03, 2017

The Rolls-Royce partnership with the universities of Cambridge, Swansea and Birmingham has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017. Find out more here:

New high temperature thermocouple

Nov 14, 2016

Dr. Michele Scervini has developed a new thermocouple for high-temperature applications