Margaret Stack, CEng FIEI CPhys FInstP FIMMM

Prof, Chair in Mechanical Engineering, BE MSc PhD DSC

  • United Kingdom

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My research interests are focused on maps for the interactions of solid particle erosion and wear of materials in corrosive environments, with specific emphasis on charting mechanisms of materials loss. My research group has pioneered a number of maps in the Tribo-Corrosion domain including the erosion-corrosion and micro-abrasion maps for aqueous environments applicable to renewable energy (wind and tidal energy), oil exploration and bio-medical conditions (hip joint replacements and dental implants).  We are also developing paradigms for combining materials and meteorological maps. 

The Tribology Research Group in the Department which I lead has attracted over £2m of research funding since 2016.  I am a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (CPhys, FInsP), of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals (FIMMM) and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (CEng, FIEI). I have a PhD (1990) and DSc (2003) from the University of Manchester.  I am also a member of the EPSRC peer review college in the UK. 

I have led the EPSRC funded ReC-ASM (£1.1m) project which aims to optimize materials in marine and tidal energy conversion and have supervised over 30 PhD students.  Many of our current projects sit in the Green Tribology and low carbon technology space.

My group has authored over 200 publications (158 journal articles) and has a H index of 39 Scopus and 48 Google scholar (over 6000 citations) with i10 index 116. Our research interest score of 2323 in ResearchGate currently exceeds that of 98% of Mechanical Engineering researchers worldwide and 97% of ResearchGate members. In the 2020 Stanford study of top 2% academics internationally, we are within the top 1% in the Mechanical Engineering and Transports ranking.

I lead the International Network on Tribo-Corrosion and sit on several editorial boards including Tribology International and Lubricants.  Our collaborations on materials for energy include the EPSRC CAMREG project with the University of Edinburgh and the EU SPIRE 2 project on novel approaches towards energy storage with University of Ulster. 

Our group has founded the first journal in Tribo-Corrosion of which I am Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion (Springer, New York) which published 84 papers in 2023 (CiteScore of 5.8 for 2022) and is Q1 in three categories i.e. Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials and Metals & Alloys.

Research findings in our group have been presented in keynote and plenary lectures at over 70 national and international conferences.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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