Professor Cameron Pleydell-Pearce

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606498

Research Links

Academic Office - A217
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


TATA Steel Chair
Deputy Director SUSTAIN EPSRC Future Steel Manufacturing Research Hub
Co-Director of Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) Facility

I am currently a TATA Steel sponsored Professor having previously worked as a post-doctoral research officer in the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials specialising in material characterisation and mechanical metallurgy. I have a long history of interfacing with industry and significant experience of managing industry / academic research collaborations and relationships.

I am Deputy Director of the EPSRC funded SUSTAIN Future Steel Manufacturing Hub which aims to deliver cutting edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon neutral, resource-efficient UK steel supply chains. I established the Advanced Imaging of Materials facility and played a leading role in the establishment of the Steel and Metals Institute at Swansea University to which TATA Steel have already committed 30 industrial researchers and £9m of research equipment.

My current research spans a broad range of topics supporting innovation in the steel industry from product development to process innovation and optimisation of steel making and extractive metallurgy methods. This includes optimisation of ferrous raw material processing, characterisation of refractory materials and rapid alloy development.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ferrous Process Metallurgy
  • Raw Materials Processing
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Refractory Materials

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I currently deliver courses in solution thermodynamics for metallic systems, mechanical metallurgy and lifing correlations. Previously, I developed and delivered a courses on electrical steels with Associate Professor Soran Birosca in partnership with industry.

EGSM00 Structural Integrity of Aerospace Metals
This module aims to instil a detailed understanding of the mechanism of failure that can occur in service with aerospace metals, how they can be predicted through lifetime modelling, how they can be monitored and how they can be prevented by changes to material structure and processing. The module covers a wide range of content from fundamental deformation mechanisms at the atomic scale to the design and maintenance of large engineering structures.


SUSTAIN EPSRC Future Steel Manufacturing Research Hub

The SUSTAIN project aims to deliver cutting edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon neutral, resource-efficient UK steel supply chains. The Hub is led by Swansea University, with spokes at the University of Sheffield and WMG (University of Warwick) and partners with British Steel, Celsa Steel, Liberty Steel, Sheffield Forgemasters and Tata Steel.

We can enable UK manufacturing sectors to deliver world-leading resilient solutions for tomorrow's transport, energy and building needs, whilst overcoming societal waste and energy challenges. 

Steel and Metals Institute (SaMI)

The Steel and Metals Institute, based at Swansea University’s Singleton Campus, is an open access centre delivering innovation through partnerships. Our mission is to create a 21st century steel and metals industry, building strong links between academia and industrial partners and facilitating collaborative relationships between our members. We have a wide range of equipment including materials characterisation, testing and process simulation facilities. 

Prosperity Partnership In Rapid Alloy Prototyping

The Rapid Alloy Prototyping project partners include Swansea University, WMG (University of Warwick) and Tata Steel. The project is focused on accelerating the development of new alloys (substrate and coatings) through rapid alloy prototyping. This new, innovative approach combines a range of physical production, processing and testing from 20g to 30kg together with a range of computational and data modelling techniques to rapidly plan, manufacture and optimise hundreds of steel alloy and coating chemistries.

Award Highlights
  • Armourers and Brasiers Venture Prize (2018)
  • Royal Society Translation Award (2017)