Professor Michael Bryant

Professor Michael Bryant


Professor Michael Bryant CEng FHEA is an Professor in Tribology and Corrosion Engineering in the Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS), School of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on tribological, surface and mechano-chemical interactions of materials used in biomedical applications with a strong publication record within the area of tribology and surface analyses. He has strong ties with industry, academic and regulatory (MHRA expert for tribology and corrosion) groups. Research is currently funded as PI and Co-I through the EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, EU H2020 and Industry (> £15m). He was awarded the IMechE Duncan Dowson Prize and Sir Thomas Hawksley gold medal in 2018. 


  • Mechanical Engineering student placement lead

Research interests

Professor Bryant is currently developing research and teaching activities devoted to modern aspects of corrosion, tribology, surface science and applied biomechanics. This includes surface chemical effects in energy production, bio-tribology, bio-corrosion and methods of mitigation. His research is concerned with understanding and optimising the interactions occurring at interfaces commonly found in many applications. His research addresses a wide range of applications including aerospace, automotive, orthopaedic, cardiovascular and incontinence technologies.

Current projects include:

  • Fretting-corrosion of orthopaedic modular taper interfaces
  • Fundamentals of fretting-corrosion (including modelling) and methods of in-situ sensing
  • Complex simulation and in-situ sensing of orthopaedic devices
  • Tribology and Corrosion mechanisms of non-metallic biomaterials (i.e. Enamel) 
  • Aqueous lubrication – both biological and bio-inspired
  • Roles of mechanical loading, shear of soft and living biological systems (i.e bone and cellular matter)
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  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering - Tribocorrosion of Bio-medical Alloys, University of Leeds
  • BEng(hons) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • CEng - Engineering Council
  • Professional Member - Institute of Materials
  • American Society for Testing and Materials - F04 Committee member
  • Corrosion Science Division committee member - Institute of Corrosion

Student education

MECH5080M – Team Project (Module Leader)

MECH5650M – Biomaterials (Module Leader)

MECH3580 –  Individual Project


Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Functional Surfaces
  • Tribology
  • Surface engineering

Current postgraduate researchers

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