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Kukureka, Stephen

Adjunct Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


  • PhD University of Cambridge
  • BSc University of Bristol

Dr Kukureka is the Senior Tutor of the School of Metallurgy and Materials and College Lead for MSc programmes at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has research interests in the mechanical properties and applied physics of polymers - especially polymer tribology. He is also interested in the mechanical reliability of materials for flexible electronic displays and touch screens (plastic electronics), as well as optical fibres and sensors and polymers for biomedical engineering. He collaborates in joint research and educational projects with Dr Darran Cairns, Dr Kostas Sierros and other members of the MAE faculty in a broad variety of initiatives related to the processing, characterization and application of advanced materials systems.

Research Interests

Polymer tribology: friction and wear of engineering polymers, particularly under non-conformal, rolling-sliding contact in gears, cams and pulleys. Flexible displays: properties and manufacture of thin films of transparent conducting oxides on polymer substrates for flexible display, touch-screen and related applications (plastic electronics). Biomedical engineering: fracture, fatigue and viscoelasticity in medical grade polymers for bioengineering.

Teaching Interests

Polymer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Author of the successful textbook ‘Plastics: Microstructure and Engineering Applications’, Nigel Mills, Mike Jenkins, Stephen Kukureka (Butterworth-Heinemann, 4th edition, 2020). Approved Graduate Faculty for MAE MS and PhD committees

Professional Societies

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM)