Prof Oana Ghita
Professor in Materials and Manufacturing and Co-Director of Exeter Technologies Group
Telephone: 01392 723667
Extension: (Streatham) 3667
Oana holds a Chair in Materials Science and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. She is also Co-director of Exeter Technology Group (ETG) which includes three research centres: Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT); Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) and Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing (CALMARE).
She is the academic lead for the CALM centre most of her current research work being in this area.
She started her career as a Research Fellow at Cranfield University- Royal Military College of Science, in the Sensors and Composites Research Group and then at Exeter University.
At Exeter, she has secured funding in value of £8m to Exeter through a wide range of research projects (TSB, EU and EPSRC). Her research is focused on high performance polymers and composites and related manufacturing processes including conventional and new emerging manufacturing processes such as Additive Manufacturing (AM). Her work concentrates on understanding the relationship between molecular structure/morphology, manufacturing and desired final properties. In AM, Oana works in High Temperature Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Material Extrusion (MEX) focused primarely on high performance, high temperature engineering polymers such as PEK, PEEK, medical grades of PEEK and PEKK as well as composites (glass, graphatised carbon, ceramic - fibres and fillers and CNTs reinforcement) and polymeric blends. Exeter University has the unique capabilities and expertise in additive manufacture of high performance polymers using commercial High Temperature AM systems: EOS P800, EOS P810, 3DGENCE F340, MiniFactory Ultra 3D and Intamsys and in house developed - High Temperature MEX systems.
She has also been involved in the development of in-line monitoring sensors and novel instrumentation for efficient material use and reduction of manufacturing waste (near IR and Raman spectroscopy, combined NIR/Raman-thermal analysis).
Oana works closely with industry, is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and reviewer and technical expert for European Commission.
Selected member of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research in 2012
Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM)
Innovate UK - Overprinting of High Performance Polymers (OVERHIPP)
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - Sartorius- Stedim - The development of polymeric materials optimised for AM for Biopharma industry
EPSRC - Researcher in Residence - In partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) - High Temperature Additive Manufacturing - In search for commercial applications
Innovate UK - Multifunctional PAEK nanocomposites for laser sintering (F4 PAEK)
Multimillion Industrial Partnership with Victrex Plc - Next Generation of PAEK materials for AM processes
Industry funded Project - Development of polyamide grades for AM
Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)- High temperature, affordable polymer composites for AM aerospace applications (50668-379162)
EPSRC - Novel high performance polymeric composite materials for additive manufacturing of multifunctional components (EP/N034627/1)
Innovate UK (IUK) - Multifunctional PAEK nanocomposites for Laser SIntering (F4 PAEK) (89963-549685)
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) - Finisterre - The development of a new sustainable wetsuit with improved options for repair and recycling