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Personal Statement

I am Director of Knowledge Exchange located within the DMEM Department, University of Strathclyde. I am Chair of the Technical Board of the Advanced Forming Research Centre and as such am responsible for the delivery of the £1.8m pa core research programme. I am also Principal Investigator for a range of CR&D projects collectively worth about £3m. My background consists of a mixture of industrial and commercial research with particular areas of expertise around metallurgy and manufacturing. 

I have worked in both industrial (Doncasters Forgemasters, Mettis Aerospace) and commercial (QinetiQ) research as well as previously spending time in academia at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in High Performance Materials at the University of Birmingham. I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2010. 

My research interests focus on the interaction of materials processing conditions, microstructure and final properties. To support this I am a specialist in materials characterisation and work extensively with process modelling. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham


Bachelor of Science, University of Wolverhampton


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Projects 2010 2022

Strathclyde CDT in Lightweighting and Design in Advanced Materials

Blackwell, P., Ion, W. & Evans, D.


Project: Internally funded project

Research Output 2013 2019

Open Access
Titanium sheet
Titanium alloys

Formability of AA-7075 sheets subjected to repetitive bending under tension

Tamimi, S., Moturu, S., Amirkhiz, B. S., Sivaswamy, G., Parameswaran, E. & Blackwell, P., 3 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press). 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Finite element method


β-recrystallisation characteristics of α + β titanium alloys for aerospace applications

Author: Allan, M., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Blackwell, P. (Supervisor) & Ion, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis



Paul Blackwell (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2013 2019

Journal of Materials Science (Journal)

Paul Blackwell (Peer reviewer)
11 Jul 201930 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

Image processing for the analysis of Ti-6Al-4V microstructures

Paul Blackwell (Examiner)
30 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesExamination


Manufacture and application of ultrafine grained metals

Andrzej Rosochowski (Participant), Malgorzata Rosochowska (Participant), Lech Olejnik (Participant), Paul Wood (Participant), Paul Blackwell (Participant), Evgenia Yakushina (Participant), Muhammad Jawad Qarni (Participant), Michal Gzyl (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce