Professor Anne Neville


Anne Neville

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Job title: Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Emerging Technologies
Organisation: University of Leeds
Tags: RISE, RISE: Fellow, University of Leeds

Professor Anne Neville FREng is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Emerging Technologies at the University of Leeds, a 10-year funding scheme that allows outstanding academics to focus not on the here and now but provides academics with long-term support to focus on developing emerging fields of engineering and how to bring them to their maturity.

She is a leading researcher in the fields of tribology and corrosion. Tribology is the study of what happens on surfaces of and at the interfaces between materials. In many engineering applications it has significant interactions with corrosion; in fact the field of tribocorrosion captures the science in this area.

She began her career with a final-year project on corrosion in her degree in mechanical engineering, and continued a PhD at The University of Glasgow. After her graduation, she moved straight from her doctorate into a lectureship at Heriot-Watt University, progressing to reader and then professor. During this transition, she focused her research on flow assurance in oil and gas.

While this still remains an important part of her work, since her move to the University of Leeds, her interests have further expanded into new areas of research, including biological systems alongside the more usual mechanical and chemical aspects of her work.

Professor Neville’s research has been wide-ranging. For example, she has been investigating the tribological systems that are available in nature, such as the ability of tree frogs to attach and detach themselves from surfaces – with the aim of replicating this in engineered devices for surgical applications.

"One of the things that’s great about my job is that one day I’ll be talking to orthopaedic surgeons and the next I’ll be with one of the big oil companies discussing offshore corrosion."

Professor Anne Neville