Staff profile

Professor Huirong Le

Professor in Composite and Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a Professor in Composite and Aerospace Engineering, Research Excellence Framework Coordinator for Engineering at the University of Derby. I am currently leading a European Regional Development Fund project on 'Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing' to support a wide range of SMEs in D2N2 region.

I have held a number of academic positions previously. I was a Research Associate then Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University Engineering Department during 1997-2005; Lecturer in Engineering Design at the University of Dundee during 2005-2010 and Associate professor in Mechanical and Marine Engineering at Plymouth University during 2011-2015.

I have obtained considerable experience in materials processingmechanics of composite, surface engineering and tribologynumerical modelling. My current research interests include fibre-reinforced plastic composites, high-temperature materials, surface-coating technologies, tribology of power transmission systems.

I have authored/co-authored over 120 publications so far, including book chapters, book reviews, journal papers and international conference presentations. I have served as referee for more than 30 established journals in materials and mechanical engineering.

I am a Fellow of HEA, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of IoM3, Fellow of IMechE and Committee Member of IMechE Tribology Group. I have acted as Session Chair for several NanoMedicine conferences and International Conferences on Composites Engineering. 

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

Research interests

PhD applications in the following areas or related areas are welcome:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

M Pawlik, M Meng, H Le*, The Interplay of Surface Modifications with nanofillers reinforced Epoxy Adhesive Joint of CFRP with Aluminium. Accepted as Keynote Speech for 22nd International Conference on Composite Structures (ICCS22) and 1st Chinese Conference on Composite Structures (CCCS1), Wuhan, China, 31 October – 3 Nov 2019.

M Pawlik*, Y Lu, H Le, How the spraying of graphene nanoplatelets changes mechanical properties of carbon fibre reinforced polymer? To be presented at 22nd International Conference on Composite Materials 2019, being held from 11-16 August 2019, Melbourne, Australia.Maozhou Meng, Huirong Le*, The bending creep of angle-ply laminated composites subjected to marine environment. Accepted as Keynote Speech for International Conference on Mechanics of Composites, Lisbon, 1 - 4 July 2019.

M Pawlik*, H Le and Y Lu, Influence of spraying nanofillers to the prepreg on mechanical properties of Carbon Fibre Epoxy Laminates. Presented at International Conference on Materials & Design, 30 March– 1 April, 2019, Oxford, UK.

M Meng, H Le*, M Yasir. Fracture toughness of CNT reinforced adhesive for CFRP composite to metal joints. Presented on 21st International Conference on Composite Structures, Bologna, 4-7th September 2018.

M Meng*, H. Le, S. Grove, Marine environmental effects on the bending creep of angle-ply laminated composites. ICCM International Conferences on Composite Materials Volume 2017-August, 2017; Xi'an; China; 20 August 2017 through 25 August 2017.

K. Natesan*, H. Le, C. Tredwin, R. Handy. Hydroxyapatite/Carbonnanotubes composite bone implants - Biocompatibility Vs ToxicityAnalysis.  International Association for Dental Research AnnualMeeting, 14-16 Sep 2015.

U Danookdharree*, H. Le, R Handy, C. Tredwin. Antibacterial coating made of strongly adhered nanosilver to titania nanotubes for dental implants. International Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting, 14-16Sep 2015.

E Akpan*, H. R. Le, A. Cree. Electrodepositionand Characterisation of Diamond-like-carbon Coating for Offshore PipelineConnections. International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials, Bad Homburg, Germany, 6-10 September 2015.

M. Meng, H.R. Le,M.J. Rizvi, S.M. Grove. Multi-scale analysis of moisture diffusion coupled withstress distribution in CFRP composites. 18th International Conference of Composite Structures, Lisbon, Portugal, 15-18 June 2015.

U Danookdharree, H. R. Le, Antimicrobial silver nanoparticles intitaniumdioxide nanotubes grown on Ti-6Al-4V medical grade alloy. The 2nd Symposium on Diagnostics and the Developing World, Brunel University, London, 23 March 2015.

KM Collins, ODavid-West, H Le, DG Greaves. FromConcept to Laboratory Testing: the Development Cycle of a Novel Wave EnergyConverter. International Conference on Ocean Energy. 04 Nov 2014 (Poster)

K. Natesan, H. R. Le, C. Tredwin, R. Handy. Reinforcement of Sol-GelProcessed Calcium Phosphate Cement using Functionalised CNTs, 26th Annual Conference of the European Society forBiomaterials (ESB), 31st August – 3rd September 2014, Liverpool, UK.

U. Danookdharree, H. R. Le, R. Handy, C. Tredwin. Tailoring the Interfacial Adhesion of Anodised TiO2Nanotubes on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy for Medical Implants. 26th Annual Conference ofthe European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), 31st August – 3rd September 2014,Liverpool, UK.

R. Sieh, H. R.Le, A. Cree. Advanced Nanocomposite Coating for Offshore Threaded Connections.9th Nanosmat International Conference, Sep 8-11, 2014, Dublin, Ireland. 

Experience in industry

I have been involved in R&D activities with manufacturing, offshore structures and automotive industries through consultancies, knowledge transfer partnerships and industrial CASE studentships for over 20 years. These are some of the projects I have participated in:

International experience

Additional interests and activities

  • Gardening
  • Mountain climbing


Recent publications

Ranj Nadhim Salaie, Alexandros Besinis, Huirong Le, Christopher Tredwin, Richard D. Handy*. The biocompatibility of silver and hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium dental implants with human primary osteoblast cells. Materials Science and Engineering C, accepted 16 Sep 2019.

Kiruthika Lawton, H. R. Le*, C. Tredwin, R. Handy*. Carbon nanotube-reinforced hydroxyapatite nanocomposites as bone implants: nanostructure, mechanical strength and biocompatibility. International Journal of Nanomedicine, accepted 4 Sep 2019.

Urvashi F. Gunputh, Huirong Le*, Alexandros Besinis, Christopher Tredwin and Richard D. Handy*. Antibacterial properties of in-situ grown silver nanoparticles anchored by titanium dioxide nanotubes on titanium implant against Staphylococcus aureus. Nanotoxicology, accepted 2 August 2019,

Marzena Pawlik, Huirong Le, Yiling Lu*. Effects of the graphene nanoplatelets reinforced interphase on mechanical properties of carbon fibre reinforced polymer – a multiscale modelling study. Composite Part B, 177 (2019) 107097.

Urvashi F. Gunputh, Alexandros Besinis, Huirong Le*, Christopher Tredwin and Richard D. Handy. Multi-layered composite coatings of titanium dioxide nanotubes decorated with zinc oxide and hydroxyapatite nanoparticles: Controlled release of Zn and antimicrobial property against Staphylococcus aureus. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 14 (2019) 3583-3600.

Changan Tian*, Dongdong Ji, Jie Yang, Jinsong Xie, Qiyi Yin, Huirong Le. Synthesis and characterization of W and Ba co-doped La2Mo2O9 by sol-gel process for solid oxide fuel cells. Journal of Rare Earths, accepted Dec 2018.

U Gunputh, H. R. Le*, R Handy, C Tredwin. Anodised TiO2 nanotubes as a scaffold for antibacterial silver nanoparticles on titanium implant. Materials Science & Engineering C, 91(2018) 638-644. Doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2018.05.074.

Hanmei Hu*, Jian Wang, Chonghai Deng, Xiaoyu Zhou, Cheng Niu, Huirong Le. Microwave-assisted controllable synthesis of hierarchical CuS nanospheres displaying fast and efficient photocatalytic activity. Journal of Materials Science, 91(2018) 638-644.

H. M. Hu*, J. J. Xu, C. H. Deng, M. Wang, X. Y. Zhou and H. R. Le. 3D multilayered Bi4O5Br2 nanoshells displaying excellent visible light photocatalytic degradation behavior for resorcinol. IET Micro & Nano Letters 13(2018) 1121-1125. Doi: 10.1049/mnl.2017.0886

Hanmei Hu*, Man Wang, Chonghai Deng, Jianli Chen, Aiguo Wang , Huirong Le. Satellite-like CdS nanoparticles anchoring onto porous NiO nanoplates for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic properties. Materials Letters, 224(2018) 75-77. Doi: 10.1016/j.matlet.2018.04.061, 15 April 2018.

M Meng, H. R. Le*. Tribological Properties of Nanoceramics Reinforced Polyimide Nanocomposite Coatings on Steels. International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 2017. DOI: 10.1111/ijact.12747.

R Sieh, H R Le*, “Evaluation of environmentally friendly Ag-PTFE composite coating for use in threaded compression fittings”. Proc IMechE Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, 2017. DOI: 10.1177/1350650117719775.

A. Besinis, S. D. Hadi, H. Le, C. Tredwin, R. Handy*. Antibacterial activity and biofilm inhibition by surface modified titanium alloy medical implants following application of silver, titanium dioxide and hydroxyapatite nanocoatings. Nanotoxicology 2017, Doi: 10.1080/17435390.2017.1299890. 

K. Collins*, H. R. Le, D. Greaves, N. Bellamy. Modelling of the Buckling of a Diaphragm / Spine Structure for a Wave Energy Converter. Materials and DesignDOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.01.041.

R. Sieh, H. R. Le*, "Non-Cyanide Electrodeposited Ag–PTFE Composite Coating Using Direct or Pulsed Current Deposition ", Coatings, 2016. doi: 10.3390/coatings6030031.

P. Manikandan, R. Sieh, A. Elayaperumal, H. R. Le*, and S. Basu, "Micro/Nanostructure and Tribological Characteristics of Pressureless Sintered Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Aluminium Matrix Composites," Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2016, Article ID 9843019, 10 pages, 2016.

M. Meng, M. J rizvi, H. R. Le*, S. M. Grove. Multi-scale modelling of moisture diffusion coupled with stress distribution in CFRP laminated composites. Composite Structures 138 (2016) 295-304.

M. Meng, M.J.Rizvi, S.M. Grove, H.R. Le*. Effects of hygrothermal stress on the failure ofCFRP composites. Composite Structures, 133 (2015) 1024-1035. DOI:10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.08.016.

M. Meng, H.R.Le*, M.J. Rizvi, S.M. Grove. The effects of unequal compressive/tensile moduliof composites. Composite Structures, Volume 126 (2015) 207–215.

M. Meng, H.R.Le*, M.J. Rizvi, S.M. Grove. 3D FEA modelling of laminated composites in bendingand their failure mechanisms, Composite Structures, Volume 119 (2015) 693-708.

K Natesan, W Shah, H RLe*, C Tredwin. A Critical Comparison on Biocompatibility of Different Phasesof Sol-gel Derived Calcium Phosphates as Bone Graft Materials. Journal of Biomaterialsand Tissue Engineering, Volume 5, Number 8, August 2015, pp. 655-664(10).

R Sieh, H R Le*, A Cree. Process optimisation ofnon-cyanide Ag-PTFE metal matrix composite plating for threaded connections. Transactionsof the Institute of Materials Finishing, 93 (2015) 232-240. DOI: 10.1179/0020296715Z.000000000256.

U Danookdharree, H. R. Le*, C. Tredwin. The effect ofinitial etching sites on the morphology of anodised TiO2 nanotubes on Ti-6Al-4Valloy. Journal of Electrochemical Society, 162 (2015) E213-222, 2015. DOI:10.1149/2.0011511jes.

H. R. Le*, K. Natesan, S. Pranti-Haran. Mechanical Property and Biocompatibiloity of Co-precipitated Nano Hydroxyapatite-GelatineComposites. Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 4(2015) 1-7. DOI: 10.1007/s40145-015-0155-z.

H. R. Le*, KCollins, D. Greaves, N Bellamy. Mechanics and Materials in the Design of a BucklingDiaphragm Wave Energy Converter. Materials and Design, 79 (2015) 86-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.04.041.

H. R. Le*. F. Stewart,J A Williams. A Simplified Model of Surface Burnishing and Friction in RepeatedMake-up of Premium Tubular Connections, Tribology Letters, 59 (2015). DOI:10.1007/s11249-015-0562-x.