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Andreas Chrysanthou is Professor in Materials Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology, University of Hertfordshire. After completion of his Bachelor's and PhD studies (on new synthesis routes for carbides) at Imperial College, he held lectureship posts at Nottingham and Surrey before joining the University of Hertfordshire in 1996. He set up and has been leading the Materials and Structures Research group since 1998. His main research expertise lies in the processing of Materials. His early research established the thermodynamic and kinetic requirements for the production of silicon carbide whiskers from the carbothermic reduction of silicon dioxide. He has been working on in-situ processes for the production of metal-matrix composites and his work established the mechanism of reaction for the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) using elemental powders for metal-carbide systems. This has led to collaborative work with industry on the reactive brazing of diamond tools. He participated in the FP6-funded Network of Excellence in "Knowledge-based Multi-component Materials (KMM-NoE) which then progressed to the establishment of the KMM-Virtual Institute (KMM-VIN). He has served as Working Group coordinator in Intermetallics research within KMM-VIN and has served on its Board of Governors. During the KMM-NoE project, together with Dr Anatolii Babutskyi, they initiated work on the use of electromagnetic fields as a processing step to extend corrosion resistance in metals. This investigation is now progressing as an FP7 Marie Curie project. The KMM-NoE project has also led to further collaborative work with the Polytechnic of Torino and industry on the development of a new glass-ceramic sealant for solid-oxide fuel cells.

Research interests

Electromagnetic processing of materials

Materials Processing including metal-ceramic joining, brazing, metal-matrix composites, Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis (SHS)

High-Temperature Materials


Teaching specialisms

Corrosion of metals

Creep of metals

Automotive body materials and manufacture


High-temperature materials

Chemical thermodynamics

Commercial and public engagement

KTP project with C4 Carbides on brazing of diamond

EPSRC collaborative project with Meggitt on the catalytic oxidation of C-C composite aircraft brakes

FP7 Marie Curie In-coming Fellowship of teh electromagnetic processing of metals

Member of Editorial Board of ISRN Metallurgy

Working-group coordinator on Intermetallics and member of the Board of governors of the "Knowledge-based Multi-component Materials" Virtual-Institute (2007-2012)

UK member of NAMABIO COST Action


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