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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Mauro Callisti

Mauro Callisti

Research Associate

Office Phone: +44(0)1223 334434


2015 PhD Materials Engineering (University of Southampton, UK)

2010 (Hons.) MEng Mechanical Engineering (University of Calabria, Italy)

Research Interests

  • Ni-based superalloys (process-microstructure-properties relationship)
  • Deformation mechanisms in alloys, nanocomposites and pure metals
  • Physical vapour deposited (PVD) coatings & thin films
  • Radiation damage (heavy ions, protons, gamma) in nanostructured metals
  • Electron microscopy (SEM, S/TEM, FIB) and spectroscopy (EDX, EELS)
  • Nano-scale mechanical testing
  • Smart materials (NiTi-based alloys)


  • Grain boundaries & interfaces
  • Radiation-tolerant materials
  • Electron Microscopy (SEM, Cs-corrected TEM/STEM, FIB)
  • Coatings & thin films
  • Deformation mechanisms
  • High-temperature alloys
  • Microstructure
  • Nanomechanics
  • Spectroscopy (EDX, EELS)
  • Nickel-based superalloys
  • Alloy Development

Key Publications

Q. Wang, F. Zhoua, Q. Ma, M. Callisti, et al., “Fracture toughness and sliding properties of magnetron sputtered CrBC and CrBCN coatings”, accepted, Applied Surface Science (2018)

M. A. Monclus, M. Callisti, T. Polcar, L. W. Yang, J. M. Molina-Aldareguía, J. LLorca, “Effect of layer thickness on the mechanical behavior of oxidation-strengthened Zr/Nb nanoscale multilayers”, Journal of Materials Science (2018) 53:5860–5878.

M. Callisti, T. Polcar, “Combined size and texture-dependent deformation and strengthening mechanisms in Zr/Nb nano-multilayers”, Acta Materialia 124 (2017) 247-260.

M.A. Monclús, M. Callisti, T. Polcar, L.W. Yang, J. LLorca, J. M. Molina-Aldareguía, “Selective oxidation-induced strengthening of Zr/Nb nanoscale multilayers”, Acta Materialia 122 (2017) 1-10.

Qianzhi Wang, Fei Zhou, Mauro Callisti, Tomas Polcar, Jizhou Kong, Jiwang Yan, “Study on the crack resistance of Cr-B-N composite coatings via nano-indentation and scratch tests”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 708 (2017) 1103-1109.

M. Callisti, M. Karlik, T. Polcar, “Bubbles formation in helium ion irradiated Cu/W multilayer nanocomposites: effects on structure and mechanical properties”, Journal of Nuclear Materials 473 (2016) 18-27.

M. Callisti, Sergio Lozano-Perez, T. Polcar, “Structural and mechanical properties of gamma-irradiated Zr/Nb multilayer nanocomposites”, Materials Letters 163 (2016) 138-141.

M. Callisti, B. G. Mellor, T. Polcar, “Stress-induced martensitic transformation in Ni-Ti(-Cu) interlayers controlling stress distribution in functional coatings during sliding”, Applied Surface Science 325 (2015) 192-202.

M. Callisti, B. G. Mellor, T. Polcar, “Microstructural investigation on the grain refinement occurring in Cu-doped Ni-Ti thin films”, Scripta Materialia 77 (2014) 52-55.

Other Publications

S. Sanzari, M. Callisti, A. De Grazia, D. Evans, T. Polcar, T. Prodromakis, “Parylene C topographic micropattern as a template for patterning PDMS and Polyacrylamide hydrogel”, Scientific Reports 7:5764 (2017).

Colleen Jackson, Graham T. Smith, David Inwood, Mauro Callisti, Tomas Polcar, Andrew S. Leach, Penny S. Whalley, Andrea E. Russell, Pieter Levecque and Denis Kramer, “Enhanced oxygen reduction activity and stability of Pt nanoparticles by purely electronic metal-support interactions”. Nature Communications 8:15802 (2017).

J. Luxa, V. Mazánek, M. Pumera, P. Lazar, D. Sedmidubsky, M. Callisti, T. Polcar, Z. Sofer, “2H → 1T Phase Engineering of Layered Tantalum Disulphides in Electrocatalysis: Oxygen Reduction Reaction”. Chemistry – A European Journal (2017), 23, 1-11.

Q. Wang, M. Callisti, A. Miranda, B. McKay, K. Hrissagis, T. Polcar, “Evolution of structural, mechanical and tribological properties of Ni-P/MWCNT coatings as a function of annealing temperature”, Surface & Coatings Technology 302 (2016) 195-201.

Qianzhi Wang, Mauro Callisti, Jake Greer, Brian McKay, Tatjana Kosanovic, Milickovic, Alexandros Zoikis-Karathanasis, Ioanna Deligkiozi, Tomas Polcar, “Effect of annealing temperature on microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of nano-SiC reinforced Ni-P coatings”, Wear 356-357 (2016) 86-93.

E. Frutos, M. Callisti, M. Karlik, T. Polcar, “Length-scale-dependent mechanical behaviour of Zr/Nb multilayers as a function of individual layer thickness”,  Materials Science and Engineering A 632 (2015) 137-146.

M. Callisti, T. Polcar, “Microstructural evolution of nanometric Ti(NiCu)2 precipitates in annealed Ni–Ti–Cu thin films”, Vacuum 117 (2015) 1-3.

M. Callisti, M. Danek, K. Yasuda, M. Evaristo, F. D. Tichelaar, A. Cavaleiro, T. Polcar, “Ni–Ti(–Cu) shape memory alloy interlayers supporting low friction functional coatings”, Tribology International 88 (2015) 135-142.

M. Callisti, T. Polcar, “The role of Ni-Ti-(Cu) superelastic interlayers on the mechanical properties and scratch resistance of solid lubricant W-S-C coatings”, Surface & Coatings Technology 254 (2014), 260-269.

M.A. Monclús, M. Karlik, M. Callisti, E. Frutos, J. Llorca, T. Polcar, J. M. Molina-Aldareguia, “Microstructure and mechanical properties of physical vapor deposited Cu/W nanoscale multilayers: Influence of layer thickness and temperature”, Thin Solid Films 571 (2014) 275-282.

M. Callisti, F. D. Tichelaar, B. G. Mellor, T. Polcar, “Effects of Cu on the microstructural and mechanical properties of sputter deposited Ni-Ti thin films”, Surface & Coatings Technology 237 (2013) 261-268.

C. Maletta, F. Furgiuele, E. Sgambitterra, M. Callisti, B. G. Mellor, R. J. K. Wood, “Indentation response of a NiTi shape memory alloy: modeling and experiments”, Fracture and Structural Integrity, (2012).

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