Dr Stephen Kukureka

Dr Stephen Kukureka

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head of School

Contact details

Telephone
(+44) (0) 121 414 5189
Fax
(+44) (0) 121 414 5232
Email
s.n.kukureka@bham.ac.uk
Address
School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Stephen Kukureka has research interests in the mechanical properties and applied physics of polymers. This includes mechanical reliability of plastic electronics like flexible displays and touch screens, thin-film transistors and flexible solar panels. Other interests are polymer tribology, especially for machine elements such as gears. He has also worked in mechanical reliability of optical fibres and sensors as well as polymers for biomedical engineering, cyclic polymers and blends.

Stephen is Deputy Head of the School of Metallurgy and Materials as well as Senior Tutor and also coordinates international direct-entry undergraduate recruitment for the School. He is a Postgraduate Welfare Tutor for the School.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Materials Science, University of Cambridge, 1982 
  • MPhil in Materials Technology, University of Cambridge, 1979 
  • BSc in Physics, University of Bristol, 1978 
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) 
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) 
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) 
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Biography

Employment history

  • 2012 – present, Deputy Head, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham
  • 2001 – present, Senior Lecturer in Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham
  • 1990 – 2001, Lecturer in Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham
  • 1987 - 1989, Senior Lecturer in Polymer Engineering, Polytechnic of North London
  • 1983 - 1987, Research Engineer, Polymer Group, Dept of Physics, University of Leeds
  • 1981 - 1983, Technical Officer, R & D Plastics Section, IMI plc, Witton, Birmingham

Honours, awards and invitations

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, USA, (2012 - present)
  • Tutor on the annual Cambridge Tribology Course (2006 - present)
  • Guest Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China (2009 - 2014)
  • Visiting Scientist, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (2009)
  • Invited Speaker, Swedish National Graduate School in Tribology, Lulea (2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (2000 - 05)
  • Visiting Scientist, DSM Engineering Plastics, Geleen, Netherlands (2004)
  • Invited Speaker, ‘The Polymer Science of Everyday Things’, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, USA (2003)
  • Session Chair & Committee Member, International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films, San Diego, USA (2014 – 2015)
  • Committee Member SPIE International Conference on Mechanical Reliability of Optical Fibres, Strasbourg, France and Boston, USA (2000 - 2006)
  • Engineering Foresight Award, Royal Academy of Engineering (2000)
  • ‘Manufacturing Engineer’ Journal Premium, IEE (1992)

Teaching

  • First Year - Properties and Applications of Materials
  • Second Year - Polymer Engineering and Composites
  • Second Year - Polymer Case Study
  • Third Year - Materials Characterisation and Design for Manufacture (including Artefact Case Study)
  • Third Year - Design for Manufacture (for BMedSci Biomedical Materials Science)
  • Third / Fourth Year - Group Design Case Studies (for Mechanical Engineering)
  • Third / Fourth Year - Final-year projects
  • Fourth Year - Advanced Polymer Systems
  • Postgraduate -  Polymers and Soft Matter
  • Postgraduate – contributions to Introduction to Materials and Communications Skills

Research

Polymer Tribology

Friction and wear of engineering polymers, particularly under non-conformal, rolling-sliding contact as found in gears, cams and pulleys. Tribology, corrosion and degradation of plastic electronics.

Plastic Electronics

Properties and manufacture of thin films of transparent conducting oxides on polymer substrates for flexible display, touch-screen and related applications (plastic electronics).

Biomedical Engineering

Fracture and fatigue in medical grade elastomers for small joint arthoplasties; viscoelasticity in polymers for bioengineering.

Optical Fibre Sensors

Mechanical reliability of optical fibres and sensors for smart structures including fracture, fatigue, stress corrosion and statistics of failure.

Blends, Copolymers and Cyclic Polymers

Morphology and properties of cyclic polymers, blends and copolymers of engineering polymers.

Other activities

  • Deputy Head of the School of Metallurgy and Materials.
  • Senior Tutor
  • Postgraduate Welfare Tutor
  • Coordinator of Chinese partnerships for undergraduate direct-entry recruitment
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoMMM): Accreditation and Industrial Formation Committee (2014 -)
  • Institute of Physics: Thin Films and Surfaces Group Committee (2017 - )
  • Institute of Physics: Tribology Group Committee Chair (2008 – 2011); Group Coordination Committee (2009 – 2012)

Publications

Selected Publications

Book Chapter

K D Dearn, S N Kukureka and D Walton, ‘Engineering Polymers and Composites for Machine Elements’, Chapter 13 in S K Sinha (ed), The Handbook of Polymer Tribology, pp 484 - 528 (World Scientific, in press, 2017).

K A Sierros and S N Kukureka, ‘Tribological Aspects of Polymer-based Flexible Electronics Materials: from Manufacturing to End-Use Applications’, Chapter 22 in S K Sinha (ed), The Handbook of Polymer Tribology, pp 743 - 758 (World Scientific, in press, 2017).

Recent Journal Publications

S A Samsudin, S N Kukureka, M J Jenkins, ‘Crystallisation kinetics of cyclic and linear poly(butylene terephthalate), Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 128, 457-463 (2017).

D W Mohammed, R Waddingham, A J Flewitt, K A Sierros, J Bowen, S N Kukureka, ‘Mechanical properties of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin films on compliant substrates for flexible optoelectronic devices’, Thin Solid Films, 594, 197-204 (2015).

A Mahomed, D W L Hukins, S N Kukureka, ‘Effect of accelerated aging on the viscoelastic properties of a medical grade silicone’, Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering, 25, 415-423 (2015).

T J Hoskins, K D Dearn, Y K Chen, S N Kukureka, ‘The wear of PEEK in rolling-sliding contact – simulation of polymer gear applications’, Wear, 309, 35-42 (2014).

S A Samsudin, S N Kukureka, M J Jenkins, ‘The equilibrium melting temperature and isothermal crystallisation kinetics of cyclic poly(butylene terephthalate) and styrene maleimide (c-PBT/SMI) blends, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 114, 1307-1315 (2013).

G A Potoczny, T S Bejitual, J S Abell, K A Sierros, D R Cairns, S N Kukureka, ‘Flexibility and electrical stability of polyester-based device electrodes under monotonic and cyclic buckling conditions’, Thin Solid Films, 528, 205-212 (2013).

T S Bejitual, D Compton, K A Sierros, D R Cairns, S N Kukureka, ‘Electromechanical reliability of flexible transparent electrodes during and after exposure to acrylic acid’, Thin Solid Films, 528, 229-236 (2013).

S A Samsudin, S N Kukureka, M J Jenkins, ‘Miscibility in cyclic poly (butylene terephthalate) and styrene maleimide (c-PBT/SMI) blends prepared by solid-dispersion and in situ polymerisation of cyclic butylene terephthalate oligomers (CBT) within SMI’, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 126, SI2, E290-E297 (2012).

C L Davis, S N Kukureka, ‘Effect of materials and manufacturing on the bending stiffness of vaulting poles’, Physics Education, 47, 524-529 (2012).

A J Kessman, S N Kukureka, D R Cairns, ‘Tribology of non-wetting, fluorinated, mesoporous silica films’, Wear, 271, 2144-2149 (2011).

K A Sierros, T S Bejitual, S Cronin, A J Kessman, S N Kukureka, D R Cairns, ‘Tribo-corrosion of Ag and Ag-alloy ITO multilayers used in solar energy applications’, Wear271, 1438-1444 (2011).

T J Hoskins, K D Dearn, S N Kukureka, D Walton, ‘Acoustic noise from polymer gears: a tribological investigation’, Materials and Design, 32, 3509-3515 (2011).

A Mahomed, D W L Hukins, S N Kukureka, D E T Shepherd, ‘Effect of accelerated aging on the viscoelastic properties of Elast-Eon®: a polyurethane with soft poly(dimethylsiloxane) and poly(hexamethylene oxide) segments’, Materials Science and Engineering C 30, 1298-1303, (2010).

A Mahomed, D W L Hukins, S N Kukureka, ‘Swelling of medical grade silicones in liquids and calculation of their cross-link densities’, Medical Engineering and Physics, 32, 298-303 (2010).

K A Sierros, D R Cairns, J S Abell, S N Kukureka ‘Pulsed laser deposition of indium tin oxide films on flexible polyethylene naphthalate display substrates at room temperature’, Thin Solid Films, 518, 2623-2627 (2010).

A Mahomed, D W L Hukins, S N Kukureka, Viscoelastic properties of Silastic® medical-grade silicones: Implications for finger-joint replacement’, Journal of Polymer Materials, 26, 389-399, (2009).

K A Sierros and S N Kukureka, ‘Mechanical integrity of touch-screen components’, Journal of the Society of Information Display, 17, 947-952 (2009).

A Mahomed, N M Chidi, D W L Hukins, S N Kukureka, D E T Shepherd, ‘Frequency dependence of viscoelastic properties of medical grade silicones’, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 89B, 210-216 (2009).

R S Mahendran, L Wang, V R Machavaram, S D Pandita, R Chen, S N Kukureka and G F Fernando, ‘Fiber-optic sensor design for chemical process and environmental monitoring’, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 47, 1069-1076 (2009).

A Mahomed, D W L Hukins, S N Kukureka, ‘Viscoelastic properties of medical grade silicones in tension’, Journal of Polymer Materials, 26, 199-206 (2009).

D H Gordon, S N Kukureka, ‘The wear and friction of PA 46 and PA 46 / aramid-fibre composites in sliding-rolling contact’, Wear, 267, 669-678 (2009).

A J Kessman, D K P Huckaby, C R Snyder, S N Kukureka, D R Cairns, ‘Tribology of wear-resistant, sol-gel coatings for optical applications’, Wear, 267, 614-618 (2009).

K A Sierros, N J Morris, S N Kukureka, D R Cairns, ‘Dry and wet sliding wear of ITO coated PET components used in flexible optoelectronic applications’, Wear, 267, 625-631 (2009).

D W L Hukins, A Mahomed, S N Kukureka, ‘Accelerated aging for testing polymeric biomaterials and medical devices’, Medical Engineering and Physics, 30, 1270-1274 (2008).

L J Leslie, S N Kukureka, D E T Shepherd, ‘Crack-growth of medical-grade silicone using pure shear tests’, Proceedings of the IMechE, Part H Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 222, 977-982 (2008).

L J Leslie, M J Jenkins, D E T Shepherd, S N Kukureka, ‘The effect of the environment on the mechanical properties of medical grade silicones’, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 86B, 460-465 (2008).