Dr Sam Lister


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Area

Alloy Development

Solid-State Processing



I graduated with my MEng Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield in 2019. During my degree I specialised in the Materials and Manufacturing stream, this led to my previous work with the STAR group during my master’s final year project where I developed a small-scale testing methodology to emulate the industrial drilling of Titanium Alloys.

In 2019 I joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems (EPSRC and SFI funded) at The University of Sheffield to complete an EngD project sponsored by Rolls-Royce. During my EngD project, I developed a novel high-strength titanium alloy via the Field Assisted Sintering Technology (FAST) process alongside work exploring the application of FAST-DB to nickel-based superalloys.

Current Research

In early 2023 I started a new role as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA), working on the Affordable titanium for defence (ATiTUDE) programme which is funded by DSTL. The programme involves several partners including the University of Strathclyde (Advanced Forming Research Centre), RBSL, Transition Metals, BAE Systems and MBDA. The aim of the programme is to develop the processing routes and tooling to convert titanium alloy machining waste into a consolidated billet with forged properties for defence applications.