Events / Meetings & Visits 16 June 2016

One of the world’s most cited scientists in the field of Materials Science Professor Terence G. Langdon becomes SPbPU Honoris Causa and gives a lecture at SPbPU IAMT

On June 15, 2016, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) held a ceremony to award Honoris Causa to Professor Terence G. Langdon. This degree is awarded to outstanding scientists, educational and cultural figures as well as leading specialists from Russia and foreign countries who have made a significant contribution to the development of advanced areas of knowledge and science. Their activities have fostered strategic development of the university, expansion of SPbPU cooperation areas and reinforcement of its international standing.


Professor Terence G. Langdon is an eminent specialist in Materials Science. He is affiliated both with the University of Southampton (UK) and University of Southern California (USA). Professor Langdon’s extensive research, combined with world-wide collaborations, has led to more than 1,000 scientific papers including a large number of publications in the leading materials journals. Professor Langdon is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K. and a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. He is laureate of numerous awards and honors, for example: Albert Sauveur Achievement Award, ASM International; Blaise Pascal Medal in Material Science, European Academy of Sciences; Doctor Honoris Causa, Russian Academy of Science, Lee Hsun Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Acta Materialia Gold Medal.

After the honorary awards ceremony Terence G. Langdon delivered a lecture on "Recent developments in the processing and properties of ultrafine-grained materials" at SPbPU Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (IAMT).


The audience learned about the main approaches to obtaining metals and alloys with ultrafine-grained (UFG) structure (within submicrometer or nanometer range) using modern methods of intensive plastic deformation. Professor Langdon also spoke about the latest research related to the analysis of change and generation of new enhanced physical and mechanical properties of materials during the formation of UFG structure. In his lecture, he focused on recent developments in interpreting the properties of UFG materials including evaluating the paradox of high strength and low ductility and examining the potential for developing a weakening effect in some materials. Professor also touched upon the use of ultrafine-grained materials in aerospace industry and production of Lamborghini supercars.

“For more than 40 years, Professor Langdon has been involved in Materials Science research, dedicating the recent twenty years to the study of properties and production methods of ultrafine-grained materials”, says Andrey Falaleev, SPbPU IAMT Director. “Professor is actively cooperating with our university, and it is a great honor for us that Professor Langdon gave a lecture to our students as part of the Strategic Academic Unit “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies” Centre of Excellence”.

Professor Terence G. Langdon 

Terence G Langdon is Professor of Materials Science, Director, Centre for Bulk Nanostructured Materials within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton in the U.K., the William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering Emeritus at the University of Southern California.

He graduated in Physics from the University of Bristol and in 1965 obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physical Metallurgy from Imperial College, University of London. Following appointments at the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and the University of British Columbia in Canada, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California as an Associate Professor in 1971 and was promoted to Professor in 1976. He was appointed the William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering in 2003.

Langdon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K., a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of numerous organizations including the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is an Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Metals.

Research interests

  • Mechanical properties of metals and ceramics
  • Creep, superplasticity, flow mechanisms
  • Processing using severe plastic deformation
  • Properties of ultrafine-grained materials

 Scientific Ranking in Materials Science

  • Listed by Thomson Reuters/ISI in the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers List based on numbers of citations received for publications during the 11-year period from January 2002 to December 2012.
  • Ranked by ISI (Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia, PA) as #2 world-wide out of 3123 materials scientists for publishing in the field of Materials Science based on numbers of citations received for papers published during the 11-year period from January 1996 to December 2006.
  • Ranked by ISI as #3 world-wide for total numbers of High Impact Papers published in Materials Science during the period 1981-2001 (High Impact Papers defined as the 200 most cited papers in Materials Science for each separate year)
  • Total numbers of papers appearing in peer-reviewed journals: >1,000
  • Total numbers of citations received to date: >40,000
  • Value of h-index: 102
  • Also listed on Google Scholar with >52,000 citations and h-index = 112