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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Nicholas Jones

Dr Nicholas Jones

University Lecturer

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334367


2008 PhD (Imperial College London)

2005 MEng Materials Science and Engineering (Imperial College London)

Research Interests

High Temperature Materials
The European Commission has set challenging emission targets for the aerospace industry.  Meeting these requirements will require the next generation of gas turbine engines to operate at higher temperatures and run at higher rotational speeds.  These conditions are beyond the capability of currently available materials, and thus our research is focused on developing new solutions, both in conventional Ni-based superalloys and novel metallic-intermetallic systems.

Micromechanics and Functional Fatigue of Transforming Alloys
Transforming materials, such as shape memory alloys, have the potential to revolutionise traditional engineering concepts by introducing components that are functional as well as structural.  However, the properties of these materials are often found to cyclically deteriorate, so called functional fatigue, which has limited their widespread uptake.  Our research is aimed at developing a fundamental understanding of the micromechanics of these materials through high energy synchrotron diffraction studies.

Themomechanical Processing of Engineering Alloys
The majority of engineering components used today have been thermomechanically processed prior to application.  These processes are not only part of the forming operation, but in many cases, are critical in developing the correct microstructure and key mechanical properties required in service.  Therefore, it is hugely important to understand the deformation behaviour of materials during processing, and to establish accurate descriptions of the active mechanisms.  Our research in this area covers a range of engineering alloys, developing mechanistic understanding from microstructural and process data.

Key Publications

  1. N. G. Jones and D. Dye: Influence of applied stress on the transformation behaviour and martensite evolution of a Ti-Ni-Cu shape memory alloy, Intermetallics 32 (2013) 239
  2. N. G. Jones and D. Dye: Martensite evolution in a NiTi shape memory alloy when thermal cycling under and applied load, Intermetallics 19 (2011) 1348
  3. N. G. Jones and M. Jackson: On the mechanism of flow softening in Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, Materials Science and Technology 27 (2011) 1065
  4. N. G. Jones, R. J. Dashwood, M. Jackson and D. Dye:  Beta phase decomposition in Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, Acta Materialia 57 (2009) 3830
  5. M. Jackson, N. G. Jones, D. Dye and R. J. Dashwood:  Effect of Initial Microstructure on Plastic Flow Behaviour during Isothermal Forging of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al, Materials Science and Engineering A 501 (2009) 248
  6. N. G. Jones, R. J. Dashwood, D. Dye and M. Jackson: Thermomechanical Processing of Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, Materials Science and Engineering A 470 (2008) 369

Other Publications

  1. J. L. W. Warwick, N. G. Jones, I. Bantounas, M. Preuss and D. Dye: In-situ observation of texture and microstructural evolution during rolling and globularisation of Ti-6Al-4V, Acta Materialia 61 (2013) 1603
  2. H-Y. Yan, V. A. Vorontsov, J. Coakley, N. G. Jones, H. J. Stone and D. Dye:  Quaternary alloying effects and the prospect of a new generation of Co-base superalloys, Superalloys 2012, E. S. Huron, R. C. Reed, M. C. Hardy, M. J. Mills, R. E. Montero, P. D. Portella and J. Telesman (Eds), TMS 2012, p.705
  3. J. L. W. Warwick, N. G. Jones, K. M. Rahman and D. Dye: Lattice strain evolution during tensile and compressive loading of CP Ti, Acta Materialia 60 (2012) 6720
  4. D. Dye, F. Hu and N. G. Jones: Microstructure formation in alpha-beta titanium alloys, Ti-2011: L. Zhou, H. Chang, Y. Lu and D. Xu (Eds), Science Press Beijing 2012, p. 404
  5. N. G. Jones, R. J. Talling, T. C. Lindley and D. Dye: Failure behaviour and energy adsorption in Gum metal (Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-O), Ti-2011: L. Zhou, H. Chang, Y. Lu and D. Xu (Eds), Science Press Beijing 2012, p. 1169
  6. C. Evans, N. G. Jones, D. Rugg, T. C. Lindley and D. Dye: The effect of deformation mechanisms on the high temperature plasticity of Zircaloy-4, Journal of Nuclear Materials 424 (2012) 986
  7. N. G. Jones, C. M. Ward-Close, P. M. Brown and D. Dye: An evaluation of the tensile properties of a supersaturated carbon layer via in situ synchrotron diffraction, Scripta Materialia 63 (2010) 85
  8. N. G. Jones, S. L. Raghunathan, D. Dye: In situ synchrotron characterisation of transformation sequences in TiNi based shape memory alloys during thermal cycling, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 41 (2010) 912
  9. N. G. Jones, R. J. Dashwood, M. Jackson and D. Dye:  Development of chevron shaped alpha precipitates in Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr, Scripta Materialia 60 (2009) 571

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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