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Prof Martin Birkett


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Professor Birkett joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northumbria University in 2011. Prior to this he worked in the manufacturing industry for sixteen years, where he completed a Craft Apprenticeship before moving on to work as a Manufacturing Engineer and then a Senior Research and Development Engineer, primarily working on the development of new thin film materials and processes. During this period, he also studied on a part-time basis for a BEng (Hons) degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a PhD degree in the area of thin film materials and coatings.  

Professor Birkett currently leads the Engineering Materials and Mechanics Group (EM2G) and he mainly teaches on the Mechanical Engineering degree programmes in the areas of materials and manufacturing technology and systems. His research is focussed on the development of new thin film materials and coatings for mechanical, electrical and biomedical applications and has been funded by the European Commission, The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and several industrial collaborators.

Professor Birkett is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a member of the EPSRC, UKRI FLF/Talent and Leverhulme Trust Peer Review Colleges.

Martin Birkett

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  • 2D materials, synthesis, characterization and toxicity: A critical review, Naikoo, G., Arshad, F., Almas, M., Hassan, I., Pedram, M., Aljabali, A., Mishra, V., Serrano‐Aroca, Á., Birkett, M., Charbe, N., Goyal, R., Negi, P., El-Tanani, M., Tambuwala, M. 25 Sep 2022, In: Chemico-Biological Interactions
  • Advances in nanomaterial-based immunosensors for prostate cancer screening, Khan, R., Arshad, F., Hassan, I., Naikoo, G., Pedram, M., Saeedi Zedegan, M., Pourfarzad, H., Aljabali, A., Serrano‐Aroca, Á., Haggag, Y., Mishra, V., Mishra, Y., Birkett, M., Tambuwala, M. 1 Nov 2022, In: Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
  • Boron nitride wrapped N-doped carbon nanosheet as a host for advanced lithium-sulfur battery, Gao, L., Sheng, T., Ren, H., Liu, T., Birkett, M., Joo, S., Huang, J. 30 Sep 2022, In: Applied Surface Science
  • Diamond-Like Carbon Coatings with Precise and Localized Silver Doping for High-Performance Biomedical Applications, Zia, A., Panagiotidis, M., Birkett, M. 11 Nov 2022, The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers Annual Meeting 2022
  • Enhanced mechanical and biocompatibility performance of Ti(1- x )Ag(x) coatings through intermetallic phase modification, Cherian Lukose, C., Chavignon, C., Mantso, T., Panayiotidis, M., Birkett, M. 15 Oct 2022, In: Materials Characterization
  • Fourth-generation glucose sensors composed of coppernanostructures for diabetes management: A critical review, Naikoo, G., Awan, T., Salim, H., Arshad, F., Hassan, I., Zamani Pedram, M., Ahmed, W., Faruck, H., Alijabali, A., Mishra, V., Serrano-Aroca, A., Goyal, R., Negi, P., Birkett, M., Nasef, M., Charbe, N., Bakshi, H., Tambuwala, M. 1 Jan 2022, In: Bioengineering and Translational Medicine
  • Frontiers in Antimicrobial Materials, Serrano‐Aroca, Á., Tambuwala, M., Birkett, M. 21 Jul 2022, In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • Mn3Ag(1-x)Cu(x)N antiperovskite thin films with ultra-low temperature coefficient of resistance, Cherian Lukose, C., Zoppi, G., Birkett, M. 10 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Materials Science and Technology
  • Recent Advances in Metal-Based Antimicrobial Coatings for High-Touch Surfaces, Birkett, M., Dover, L., Cherian Lukose, C., Zia, A., Tambuwala, M., Serrano‐Aroca, Á. 21 Jan 2022, In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences

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  • Advanced Bioactive Diamond-like Carbon-based Coatings for Next Generation Orthopaedic Implants, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), British Academy, 23/12/21 - 17/03/22, £9,892.00
  • High-Performance Biocompatible Ag-DLC Coatings - Precise and Localized Silver Doping Through Novel Helium Pulse Injections, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), European Commission, 01/10/20 - 30/09/22, £191,270.00
  • Super Hard Biocompatible Coatings of Beta Ti3Au, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), The Leverhulme Trust, 01/03/19 - 28/02/22, £224,630.00
  • Development of Advanced Polymers for Subsea Applications, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), Technip Umbilical Systems (TUS), 01/02/18 - 31/01/21, £141,811.00
  • Development of Ultra-Precision Thin Film Resistive materials, Birkett, M. (Principal Investigator), TT electronics plc, 02/03/14 - 02/03/17, £37,250.00

  • Osama Elgadi Investigation into the Barriers to Six Sigma in Libyan Manufacturing Companies and Development of a Framework for its Implementation Start Date: 03/02/2014 End Date: 10/10/2018
  • Raja Muhamad Hafiz Raja Adzhar The effect of surface texturing and treatment on the mechanical properties of Aluminium-CFRP hybrid composites joints Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Maria Alafogianni An investigation of varying laser trim pattern characteristics on the performance and reliability of discrete resistive components Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • Chinyere Okolo Enhancement of thermal and mechanical properties of umbilical bend stiffeners using graphene infused elastomeric nanocomposites Start Date: 01/08/2018
  • Darkam Al Janabi An Investigation into the Relationship Between Organisational Culture and Maintenance Implementation in Iraqi Power Plants Start Date: 09/12/2013 End Date: 27/02/2017
  • Mohamed Abduelmula An investigation into the barriers to lean implementation in Libyan manufacturing companies and development of a framework for its utilisation Start Date: 05/11/2014 End Date: 26/07/2019
  • Siti Nabilah Misti Development of a Precision Trimming Process for Manganin Shunt Resistors Start Date: 15/10/2012 End Date: 15/06/2017
  • Cecil Cherian Lukose An investigative study of Manganese-based Antiperovskite structures as a thin film resistive material system Start Date: 02/04/2014 End Date: 10/10/2018

  • Manufacturing Systems BEng (Hons)
  • Engineering PhD
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

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