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Professor Barrie Dunn

Honorary Professor

Barrie Dunn



I was initially employed by a large US electronics manufacturing company before joining the European Space Agency (ESA) and became its Head of Materials and Processes (M&P) Division, at Estec in the Netherlands. I supported ESA space projects until 2014, particularly the telecommunications satellites, the manned Spacelab and the Columbus module of the International Space Station, space science projects such as Rosetta, the Vega launch vehicle, and the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This involved the assessment and approval of materials and manufacturing processes for flight hardware and the responsibility of managing the largest space materials laboratory in Europe. I co-wrote the majority of European Cooperation for Space Standards (ECSS) M&P requirements specifications, initiated 6 European skills training schools for electronic assembly (including that sited in the University of Portsmouth) and co-founded the annual Electronic Materials and Processes for Space (EMPS) workshops. The Greek National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Airbus and the UoP will initiate the first symposium on Advanced Materials for Space Exploration within EUROMAT 2017.

I hold a BSc (Hons) in metallurgy, MPhil and PhD in materials science and am a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3); Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society; Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society; and a Chartered Engineer.

My publications include 130 technical papers and three books, the latest being Materials and Processes for Spacecraft and High Reliability Applications (Springer, Heidelberg, 2016).

Research Interests

-        Metallurgy and corrosion resistance of lightweight alloys

-        Effect of the space environment on materials

-        Welding, brazing and soldering

-        Studying the tin whisker growth phenomenon

As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador I am dedicated to closing the skills gap and reverse the decline in numbers of materials science graduates.



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