skip to content

Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering



Dr Saurav Goel FHEA, CEng is an Associate Professor of Precision Engineering at London South Bank University. He is an Associate Director of the EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing (EP/S036180/1) and the EPSRC CDT in Ultra-Precision (EP/L016567/1) the two running projects with the University of Manchester and with the University of Cambridge respectively. He is a co-recipient of the prestigious Newton Fellowship award from the Royal Society (NIF\R1\191571) which has led to two of the recent publications in the Nature Magazine addressing the Sustainability Development Goals focussed on sustainability and WASH sectors. Currently, he is working on addressing precision machining challenges for ductile-mode cutting of scintillator materials to pioneer the development of next-generation TOF-PET imaging systems (EP/S013652/1) as low-cost Digital Twins and healthcare solutions and addressing the problem of clay swelling using molecular modelling skills funded by the EPSRC (EP/T001100/1). He is also part of the two Innovate UK projects (PROMOTE and ICESLIP) which are run jointly with the TWI and BAE systems based at Cambridge.

At Social level, Dr Goel is keen to address societal challenges such as gender imbalance in an ODA country like India. For this, he has received a Royal Academy of Engineering (IAPP18-19\295) project and more recently he has also received additional funding to work with the University of Johannesburg for knowledge exchange between the UK and South Africa. During the pandemic times, he worked exemplary to develop biosafe surfaces – thanks to the Engineering Pandemic Preparedness Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering (EXPP2021\1\277). To date, he has published 75+ Journal papers involving manufacturing modelling and experimentation with an impressive citation record ~2500. From his work, one of this modelling videos was recently highlighted in the video competition of the UK’s national High-Performance Computer (HPC) ARCHER2.


Research projects

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision (Running)

Funder: EPSRC

2015-03-31 to 2022-09-29


EPSRC NetworkPlus In Digitalised Surface Manufacturing: Towards "World's Best" Processes

Funder: EPSRC (Running)

2019-11-29 to 2022-11-28 |



Funder: EPSRC

2019-01-14 to 2022-01-13


Improved prediction of cohesive sediment erosion based on inter-particle forces (Running)

Funder: EPSRC

2019-09-30 to 2021-09-29


Newton Fellowship

Funder: Royal Society



UK-India Academia Industry partnership (Running)

Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering 



UK-South Africa TSP Educational exchange (Running)

Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering 



Engineering Pandemic Preparedness (completed already)

Funder: Royal Academy of Engineering 



Cambridge & Cranfield Doctoral Training Centre in Ultra Precision (completed already)

Funder: EPSRC

2012-09-30 to 2019-03-31




Key publications: 
  1. Kumar N, Goel G, Hawi S and Goel S., “Nature inspired Materials: Emerging trends and prospects”, Nature Asia Materials, 2021 (just accepted)
  2. Goel G, Claus Hélix-Nielsen, Hari M. Upadhyaya and Goel S, “Biomimetic Membranes for Water Filtration: A Bibliometric Review”, Nature’s npj clean water, 2021 (just accepted)
  3. Nirmal Kumar Katiyar, Gaurav Goel and Goel S, “Role of Machine Learning in High Entropy Alloy Development and Their Functional Applications”, in the special issue on Emergent Coatings and Thin Films for High Temperature Energy Applications” of the Journal  Emergent Materials, 2021
  4. M. Larrañaga, A. Zabala, I. Llavori, Oliver Pearce, Dinh T Nguyen, Jaume Caro Prados, Holger Mescheder, Wayne Nishio Ayre, Rajkumar Kottayasamy Seenivasagam, Debendra Kumar Tripathy, Joe Armstrong and Goel S., “Bactericidal surfaces: Emerging 21st century Ultra-Precision engineering challenge” Applied Physics Reviews, 2021 – Editor’s Pick with a Press Release
  5. Danka Labus Zlatanovic, Sebastian Balos, Jean Pierre Bergmann, Stefan Rasche, Janez Zavasnik, Vishal Panchal and Goel S, “In-depth microscopic characterisation of the weld faying interface revealing stress-induced metallurgical transformations during friction stir spot welding”, Int J of Machines Tools and Manufacture, 2021
  6. Jingfei Yin, Qian Bai, Goel S, Ping Zhou and Bi Zhang, “An analytical model to predict the depth of sub-surface damage for the grinding of brittle materials”, CIRP Journal of Mfg Sci and Tech., 2021
  7. Majid Fazeli, H. Ozgur Ozer, Goel S., Jason Kilpatrick, Niall McEvoy, David McCloskey, John Donegan, Graham L. W. Cross, “Distribution of shallow NV centers in diamond revealed by photoluminescence spectroscopy and nanomachining”, Carbon, 2020
  8. Vladimir Popov, Alex Fleisher, Gary Muller-Kamskii, Andrei Shishkin, Alexander Katz-Demyanetz, Nahum Travitzky and Goel S, “Hybrid processing of graphite structures using Binder Jetting Printing”, Nature Scientific Reports, 2021
  9. Goel S, Kovalchenko A. Stukowski A. and Cross G., “Influence of microstructure on the cutting behaviour of silicon", Acta Materialia, 105: p. 464-478, 2016
  10. Goel S., Luo X., and R.L. Reuben, Shear instability of nanocrystalline silicon carbide during nanometric cutting. Applied physics letters, 100(23): p. 231902, 2012
Other publications: 


Associate Professor
London South Bank University
Dr Saurav  Goel
Not available for consultancy