Professor Michael Bryant BEng (hons), CEng, PhD, MIMMM, FHEA

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Tribology and Corrosion Engineering

Contact details

School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Michael Bryant is Chair of Tribology and Corrosion Engineering at the School of Engineering. His research focuses on multi-scale aspects of tribology, materials characterisation (engineering and natural materials) and mechano-chemical interactions of materials interfaces used particularly for, but not limited to, biomedical applications.

Michael 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. In particular, he is focussed on the development of advanced testing methodologies incorporating in-situ techniques to assess interfacial processes in real-time.

Michael has strong ties with industry, academic and regulatory (MHRA expert for tribology and corrosion) groups. A key aspect of Michaels work is translation of testing methodologies via ISO and ASTM. Michael’s research is currently funded as PI and Co-I through the EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, EU H2020 and Industry (> £20m). He is a current Researcher in Residence Fellow at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield and was awarded the IMechE Duncan Dowson Prize and Sir Thomas Hawksley gold medal in 2018.


Professor of Tribology and Corrosion Engineering:

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2016)
  • Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2015)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council (2015)
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (2013)
  • BEng(hons) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (2010)