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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Olivier Messé

Olivier Messé

Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334434


2010-2014: PhD Materials Science and Metallurgy - Rolls-Royce UTC, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2006-2009: Engineer specialised in Materials Science - ESIREM, University of Burgundy, France

2008-2009: Concurrent Degree in Business Administration - IAE-Dijon, University of Burgundy, France

Research Interests

During the course of my PhD, I cultivate my interests in trying to understand the fascinating distance between alloy composition, microstructure and mechanical behaviour. My thesis focused on the understanding of fatigue behaviour in RR1000, a nickel base superalloy employed as turbine disc in hot section of the turbine. To this aim, I have taken a multiple scale approach to investigate the deformation mechanisms; from dislocation behaviour at grain boundaries to mechanisms associated with deformed microstructure such as those encounters in shot peening processes or ahead of crack tip and finally short crack propagation and its relation to microstructure. I relied on various techniques from Trans- mission Electron Microscope (TEM) to X-ray computed tomography (x-ray CT) scans to investigate those different problematics.

Now, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, I am investigating multiple alloy systems to unveil the links between mechanical properties, microstructures and alloy compositions.


  • TEM
  • processing
  • diffraction
  • STEM
  • fatigue
  • microstructure
  • EBSD
  • nickel-based superalloys
  • micro hardness indentation

Key Publications

Investigation of Fatigue Crack Propagation in Nickel Superalloy Using Diffraction Contrast Tomography and Phase Contrast Tomography
Advanced Materials Research
891 (2014), 923-928
O.M.D.M. Messé, J. Lachambre, A. King, J.Y. Buffière, C.M.F. Rae

Investigation on Fatigue Crack Interaction with Grain Orientation during TMF Tests in Nickel-Base Superalloy
Advanced Materials Research 891 (2014), 1289-1294
O.M.D.M. Messé, S. Stekovic, M. Hardy, C.M.F. Rae

Characterization of Plastic Deformation Induced by Shot-Peening in a Ni-Base Superalloy
Journal of Materials
66 (12) (2014) 2502-2515
O.M.D.M. Messe, S. Stekovic, M. Hardy, and C.M.F. Rae.

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 (10) (2014), 1132-1152

Grain-boundary precipitation in Allvac 718Plus
Acta Materialia 60 (6) (2012), 2757-2769
E.J. Pickering, H. Mathur, A. Bhowmik, O.M.D.M Messé, J.S. Barnard, M.C. Hardy, C.M.F Rae

Enantioselective Pd-Catalyzed Allylation Reaction of Fluorinated Silyl Enol Ethers
Journal of the American Chemical Society 129 (2007) 1034-1035
Étienne Bélanger, Katy Cantin, Olivier Messe, Mélanie Tremblay, and Jean-François Paquin

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