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Dr Zeeshan Mughal

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Professional biography

I obtained my doctorate degree from the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) at University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 2013. My PhD thesis entitled “Nano-patterning of hydrogenated amorphous carbon surfaces for the control of protein adsorption” was awarded the best thesis award in the school of engineering for the year 2013. 

After my PhD, I joined the materials science and engineering group at Roma Tre University, Rome- Italy. During my 5 years at Roma Tre University, I worked on several research projects and with different industries across Europe. At the Open University, I look after the Thermo Fisher Quanta™ DualBeam FIB/SEM and Zeiss Supra™ 55VP FEG SEM, while providing technical support to various researchers in their data acquisition and processing.

Research interests

My specific research interests are closely related with the physical and mechanical properties of coatings and nano-scale materials, while keeping a broad background in materials science. My research program is continuously evolving; however, it can be divided into the following areas: 

  • Residual stress assessment in micro- and nano-scale materials and devices using FIB-DIC method;
  • In-situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques;
  • Experimental characterization using SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM);
  • Micro-scale mechanical testing of ceramic coatings, amorphous and heterogeneous materials.

Teaching interests

  • Mechanical properties of engineering materials 
  • Characterization techniques 
  • All aspects of Materials Science 


Formation of β-Ti phase during L-PBF processing of martensitic NiTi (2023)
Chekotu, Josiah Cherian; Kumar S, Sujith; Degli Alessandrini, Giulia; Mughal, Muhammad Zeeshan; Goodall, Russell; Kinahan, David and Brabazon, Dermot
Materials Today Communications, 36, Article 106668

Investigation of the microstructure and phase evolution across multi-material Ni50.83Ti49.17-AISI 316L alloy interface fabricated using laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) (2022-09)
Ekoi, Emmanuel J.; Degli Alessandrini, Giulia; Mughal, Muhammad Zeeshan; Vijayaraghavan, Rajani K.; Obeidi, Muhannad A.; Groarke, Robert; Kraev, Igor; Krishnamurthy, Satheesh and Brabazon, Dermot
Materials & Design, 221, Article 110947

Challenges and Latest Developments in Diffusion Bonding of High-Magnesium Aluminium Alloy (Al-5056/Al-5A06) to Stainless Steels (2022)
Shirzadi, Amir A.; Zhang, Chengcong; Mughal, Muhammad Zeeshan and Xia, Peiyun
Metals, 12, Article e1193(7)

Influence of the Silver Content on Mechanical Properties of Ti-Cu-Ag Thin Films (2021-02-09)
Rashid, Saqib; Sebastiani, Marco; Mughal, Muhammad Zeeshan; Daniel, Rostislav and Bemporad, Edoardo
Nanomaterials, 11, Article 435(2)

Nano-Scale Residual Stress Profiling in Thin Multilayer Films with Non-Equibiaxial Stress State (2020)
Sebastiani, Marco; Rossi, Edoardo; Mughal, Muhammad Zeeshan; Benedetto, Alessandro; Jacquet, Paul; Salvati, Enrico and Korsunsky, Alexander M.
Nanomaterials, 10, Article 853(5)