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Materials Engineering

Materials Staff - Shirley Northover


Dr Shirley Northover


OU Location:

Venables Building, Room S2041

UK Telephone No.:

+44 (0) 1865 486259
+44 (0) 1908 655105

e-mail address :

Shirley Northover

Research interests:

My background is in using electron microscopy (both SEM and TEM) to study the structure and properties of grain boundaries (g.b.s) in metals, growth of grain boundary precipitates and the initiation of phase transformations at g.b.s. Along the way I’ve also worked on theoretical electron diffraction and stress corrosion cracking.

More recently I’ve also become interested in how electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) can be used to investigate creep of high temperature materials and to characterise creep damage.

Although widely used to study engineering materials, EBSD has been used very little in studying archaeological metalwork and I have been using EBSD to examine gold, silver, copper and bronze objects from a range of periods between 13th century BC and 18th century AD to investigate their methods of manufacture.

Recent Publications

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