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Saurav Goel

Associate Professor

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    Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design

Dr Saurav Goel FHEA, CEng is an Associate Professor of Precision Engineering at London South Bank University. He is part of the two major UK Government projects and holds the position of Associate Director of the EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing (EP/S036180/1) and the EPSRC CDT in Ultra-Precision (EP/L016567/1) which are jointly run in partnership with the University of Manchester and with the University of Cambridge. 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 now also part of the two Innovate UK projects which are run jointly with the TWI and BAE systems based at Cambridge.

Dr Goel at a social level is also interested in addressing societal challenges and social issues 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 of ~2500. From his work, one of these modelling videos was recently highlighted in the video competition of the UK’s national High-Performance Computer (HPC) ARCHER2.

Dr. Goel has taught various courses at various Institutions Internationally. He began his career at Queen’s University, Belfast where he taught “Mechanics of Materials and Fracture Mechanics” to the UG and PG students. During this time in 2013, he was nominated for the best Teaching award in the student nominated category.

Subsequent to his move to Cranfield University in 2016, and after taking the responsibility of the CDT, Dr. Goel taught Courses in “Ultra-Precision Engineering, Additive and subtractive manufacturing and Metrology and optical testing” which were delivered to the Doctoral Students of Cranfield and of Cambridge Universities. He also organised labs and tutorials in “Ultra Precision Machining” training the student on diamond machining, modal analysis, and micromilling. During this time, Dr. Goel received the only award within the Manufacturing for the “Best Supervision”. As for industries, Dr Goel has developed a dedicated short course titled “Ultra-precision-manufacturing-and-metrology” which is delivered yearly at Cranfield. More recently at LSBU, Dr. Goel co-teaches the module on Manufacturing systems and Materials Technologies to the final year students.

Dr. Goel has taught in India at IIT Guwahati under the flagship programme offered by MHRD, Govt of India under the “GIAN initiative” and holds an honorary appointment with Shiv Nadar University, India.

Until 2020, he has supervised 2 Ph.D. students and ~25 Master Students till completion from various countries.

Dr. Goel leads Precision Engineering and Multiscale Simulation frontal research areas targeted to health care applications both at London South Bank University and at Cranfield University. Additionally, he is Associate Director of the EPSRC Network plus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing (EP/S036180/1) and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra-Precision Engineering with the University of Cambridge (EP/L016567/1). Towards his mission on creating societal benefits from his research, he has secured consistent funding support. He began working towards this by active administration of the Centre of Doctoral Training in Ultra-Precision at Cranfield to train the future manpower and is now working to combat the current challenges in the field of biomedical imaging to benefit people deprived of affordable healthcare across the globe. He has also been working on social issues like gender imbalance in higher education supported by the Indo-UK Industry partnership supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering (IAPP18-19\295) and has just secured the Prestigious Newton Fellowship award from the Royal Society (NIF\R1\191571) to work on modelling the interfacial issues in surface manufacturing. To date, he has published more than 50 peer reviewed journal papers in reputed Journals like Acta Materialia, Int J Machine Tools and Manufacture and Nature Scientific Reports securing well over ~1500 citations and h-index of nearly 25. Recently, his modelling research was highlighted in the Video competition (Gallery 2018) of UK’s national supercomputer ARCHER elucidating that elucidated the wear of diamond while rubbing iron. He sits on several reviewing panels, Ph.D. examiner, and editorial panels including top tier journals in manufacturing.

Selected research paper
  1. Kumar N, Goel G, Hawi S and Goel S., “Nature inspired Materials: Emerging trends and prospects”, NPG Asia Materials, Nature Magazine, 2021 (just accepted)
  2. Kumar N, 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”
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  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
Research projects

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

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)

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


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)

2019-01-14 to 2022-01-13 | grant

Cambridge & Cranfield Doctoral Training Centre in Ultra Precision

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)

2012-09-30 to 2019-03-31 | grant

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)

2015-03-31 to 2022-09-29 | grant

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

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)

2019-09-30 to 2021-09-29 | grant

View my publications at
  • Editorial board member for the “Journal of Micromanufacturing” by Sage publishers
  • Editorial board member of International Journal “Machines” by MDPI publishers:
  • MRes Coordinator and Course Director for CDT in Ultra-Precision Engineering together with the University of Cambridge fully funded by the EPSRC (2012-2022)
  • Co-organised “ECNF” – European Conference on Nanofilms and led Session-3 on Modelling at Cranfield University, March 20-22nd 2018 (
  • Co-organised IET- Tribology Conference on "Challenges in Tribology 2018" at IET Austin Court, Birmingham, UK, March 16th to 17th 2018
  • Co-organised “E-MRS” conference on "Solutions for critical raw materials under extreme conditions" at Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 18-21st 2017 (