Dr Mert Celikin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in University College Dublin. He received his PhD in Materials Engineering at McGill University (Canada) in 2012, where he studied high temperature deformation behaviour of lightweight alloys for automotive powertrain applications. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the McGill Metals Processing Centre and Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (INRS-EMT). His postdoctoral research involved both international and national industrial collaborations including the European Space Agency (ESA), Netherlands; MPB Technologies Inc, Canada; and AIM Metals & Alloys Inc, Canada, where he has worked on lead (Pb)-free solder alloys, advanced self-healing composites and optical fibre-based devices.
Dr Celikin has over 14 years of experience on advanced lightweight alloy design and processing for automotive and aerospace applications. He has expertise in phase transformation kinetics, deformation mechanisms and high-resolution electron microscopy. His current research focuses on understanding and controlling the nucleation and growth phenomena for metallic additive manufacturing processes used for transport (automotive/aerospace) and biomedical applications. His aim is to realize the processing of robust 3D printed titanium-based implants with patient-specific designs. His studies will shed light into the understanding of microstructure-property relationships which will allow the production of medical devices with superior mechanical performance. The realization of Ti-based devices with complex designs through additive manufacturing will reduce material waste and decrease costs associated with implants.