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Dr Quanshun Luo

Dr Quanshun Luo BSc, MEng, PhD

Senior Research Fellow


Dr Luo is a member of the core consultancy team working within the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), having expertise in metallurgy, materials science, surface engineering and tribology. His role includes consultancy, research, and supervising research students.

  • About


    Dr Luo joined the consultancy team in 2007, and has delivered several hundreds of consultancy jobs, with experiences in the following areas

    • characterisation of metallic alloys and ceramics, thin films and coatings, and chemical powders using SEM, TEM, XRD, EDX, and micro/macro hardness
    • measurement of residual stresses of hard coatings and shot-peened surfaces by XRD
    • investigation of engineering materials failures, including fatigue and fracture, metallurgical defects, wear and friction, and corrosion
    • wear and friction properties of metals and ceramics using pin-on-disk tribometer, including high-temperature sliding wear

  • Teaching

    Dr Luo previously delivered teaching courses in several topics, including 'Physical Metallurgy of Engineering Materials', 'Dislocation Theory and Strengthening of Materials', 'Heat treatments of Tool Steels' and 'Tribology of PVD Hard Coatings'.

  • Research

    • Materials and Engineering Research Institute

    His research interests are in three broad areas

    • nano-structured surface engineering to develop materials surfaces of high wear resistance, low friction, and good corrosion resistance
    • novel heat treatment technologies of ultrahigh strength steels and wear resistant steels
    • fundamental research on the wear and friction mechanisms of high-performance coatings and hardened surfaces
    • materials technology for medical and surgical applications

    His current research is focused in the following topics

    • novel strengthening/toughening heat treatments of ultrahigh strength steels for large vehicles, being sponsored by Innovate UK and Tinsley Bridge Ltd through Smart Award, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, and PhD studentship
    • failure investigation and development of telescopic rods of in Skeletally Immature Patients with Osteogenesis Imperfect, collaborating with Sheffield Children's Hospital and funded by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    • new bainitic/martensitic wear resistant steels for large metal-cutting blades, sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Innovate UK and Tyzack Metal Knives)
    • wear resistance and corrosion properties of plasma nitrided austenitic steel, collaborated with Miba Coatings Group, funded overseas (Nigerian) studentship
    • nanocomposite PVD coatings of superhardness and self-adaptive low friction, collaborated with Guangdong University of Technology and Ningbo Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • innovation in materials characterization techniques, eg cross-sectional TEM and EDX-EELS analyses of hard coatings and surfaces, high-precision XRD residual stress analysis and a new XRD technique to measure the martensite fraction and carbon content of hardened medium-carbon steels

    He has wide collaborations with UK industry and with academics worldwide, recently with Miba Coatings Group, Tinsley Bridge Ltd, and Tyzack Metal Knives, and scientists in University of Southampton, Pusan University (Korea), Henan University of Science and Technology (China), Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology (China), Guangdong University of Technology (China), and Ningbo Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Dr Luo is a reviewer and editorial board member of scientific journals, and has been keynote speaker and session chair in international conferences. He has > 100 publications, including 40 SCI-cited with >800 citations and an h-index of 19.

    Recent lectures / presentations

    Oral presentation in 7th Int Conf High Strength Low Alloy Steels, Hangzhou, China, Nov 11-13, 2015

    Keynote lecture in 3rd International Symposium on Hybrid Materials and Processing, Nov 10-13, 2014, Busan, Korea

    Plenary lecture in 1st Workshop on PVD Coatings for Cutting Tools, Jun 14-16, 2014, Guangzhou, China

    Oral presentation in BIT’s 3rd Annual World Congress of Nano Science and Technology, Sept 28, 2013, Xi’An, China

    Invited lecturer in Henan University of Science and Technology and North-western Polytechnic University, Sept 2013, China

  • Postgraduate supervision

    He is currently supervising PhD and MSc research students as well as undergraduate projects in the following topics

    • novel isothermally treated martensitic/bainitic steels of ultrahigh strength and wear resistance
    • plasma nitriding technology of austenitic stainless steel
    • synthesis, microstructure and tribological properties of Me-Si-N nanocomposite super-hard coatings
    • tool coatings in machining ultrahigh strength steels (with Guangdong University of Technology, China)
    • self-adaptive low-friction and wear-resistant PVD coatings (with Chinese Academy)
    • micro-nano-scale coating characterization and wear-friction mechanism study by XTEM, FEG-SEM, etc
    • plasma surface engineering treatments of alloy steels to improve wear resistance
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