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Sue was awarded a BSc in Physics with Environmental Biology from University of Liverpool in 1980 and gained a PhD for a thesis entitled Mossbauer Spectroscopic Studies of Iron in Biological Materials also from University of Liverpool in 1983. After postdoctoral positions in Liverpool, Southampton and Reading Universities, Sue took up a position as a Scientific Officer at the Rutherford Appletons ISIS facility as part of the team that built the EC Pulsed Muon Facility.
Sue moved to St Andrews University in 1994, then to Leeds in 2000 before taking up a position as Professor of Materials and Director of the Institute for Materials Research at the University of Salford in 2006. After a period as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Salford Sue moved to the University of Huddersfield as a Research Professor (November 2011)
In her research Sue utilises a wide array of both laboratory-based advanced condensed matter physics techniques eg, Mössbauer spectroscopy, susceptibility, magnetisation and x-ray diffraction and those provided by large scale international research facilities eg, neutron diffraction, small angle neutron scattering, polarised neutron studies and muon spin rotation and relaxation methods.
This approach has enabled her to make contributions to the understanding of, for example, the structural and functional properties of the iron storage protein ferritin and its clinical substitute iron dextran; the mechanisms of transition metal moment localisation in rare-earth transition metal compounds; the structure-function relations in high temperature cuprate superconductors; the complex relaxational dynamics in spin glass systems; the mechanisms of iron uptake and toxity in food crops and the suitability of soils for agriculture; the discovery of entirely new structural phases in intermetallic compounds; and the preparation of novel biomaterials for clinical use.
Sue currently holds a KTP award with BorgWarner in Bradford to study the properties of alloys with applications in the automotive industry.
Over the last few years Sue has been elected to several national and international positions of responsibility, such as a committee member of the IoP Structural Condensed Matter Physics and Magnetism Groups; Chairman of CCLRCs ISIS Muon Group, Chairman of ISIS User Committee and Ombudsman for ISIS; and the UK delegate to the European, Russian and African Chapter of the International Society for Muon Spectroscopy (ISMS-E). She was elected as a Fellow of Institute of Physics in 2010.
Mellors, N., Zhao, X., Simmons, L., Quinn, C. and Kilcoyne, S. (2012) ‘A Mössbauer spectroscopy and neutron diffraction study of magnetostrictive, melt-spun Fe-Ga alloy ribbons’ Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials , 324 (22), pp. 3817-3823. ISSN 03048853
Palizdar, M., Comyn, T., Quinn, C., Kilcoyne, S., Bell , A., Ward, M., Brown, A., Harrington, J., Kulkarni, S., Keeney, S., Roy, S., Pemble, M. and Whatmore, R. (2012) ‘Crystallographic and magnetic identification of secondary phase in orientated Bi5 Fe0.5 Co0.5Ti3O15 ceramics’ Journal of Applied Physics , 112 (7), p. 073919. ISSN 0021-8979
Broady, S., Wood, D., Kilcoyne, S. and Bubb, N. (2012) ‘Depleted brittle mica structure determination in Ba-phlogopite glassceramics’ Journal of Materials Science , 47 (13), pp. 5298-5307. ISSN 0022-2461
Ellis, K., Cywinski, R., Kilcoyne, S. and Hillier, A. (2012) ‘Au4V Moment Stability and Spin Fluctuations in the Ordered Phase’ Physics Procedia , 30, pp. 121-124. ISSN 1875-3892
Telling, M. and Kilcoyne, S. (2012) ‘Electron transfer in ferritin as probed by muon spin relaxtion’ Physics Procedia , 30, pp. 86-90. ISSN 1875-3892
Palizdar, M., Comyn, T., Quinne, C., Kilcoyne, S., Bell, A., Ward, M., Brown, A., Harington, J., Kulkarni, S., Keeney, L., Roy, S., Pemble, M. and Whatmore, R. (2011) ‘Crystallographic and magnetic identification of secondary phase in orientated Bi5Fe0.5Co0.5Ti3O15 ceramics ’. In: Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF/PFM), 2011 International Symposium on and 2011 International Symposium on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials , 24-27 July 2011 , Vancouver, BC , pp. 1-4
Simmons, L., Al-Jawad, M., Kilcoyne, S. and Wood, D. (2011) ‘Distribution of Enamel Crystallite Orientation through an Entire Tooth Crown studied using Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction’ European Journal of Oral Sciences , 119 (S), pp. 1-6. ISSN 0909-8836
Cowpe, J., Moorehead, R., Moser, D., Astin, J., Karthikeyan, S., Crofts, G., Kilcoyne, S. and Pilkington, R. (2011) ‘Hardness determination of bio-ceramics using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy.’ Spectrochimica Acta part B , 66 (3-4), pp. 290-294. ISSN 0584-8547
Bingham, P., Hand, R., Hannant, O., Forder, S. and Kilcoyne, S. (2009) ‘Effects of modifier additions on the thermal properties, chemical durability, oxidation state and structure of iron phosphate glasses’ Journal of Non-Cystalline Solids , 355, pp. 1526-1538. ISSN 0022-3093
Kilcoyne, S., Yu, D., Diriavig, J., Loh, N., Woodward, R., Lin, H., Chang, F., Stampfl, A. and Robinson, R. (2009) ‘Investigation of field-induced ferromagnetism in PdNiFeP metallic glass by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism’ Applied Physics Letters , 94 (2), pp. 022502-022504. ISSN 0003-6951
Al-Jawad, M., Simmons, L., Steuwer, A., Kilcoyne, S., Shore, R., Cywinski, R. and Wood, D. (2008) ‘Three Dimensional Mapping of Texture in Dental Enamel’ Key Engineering Materials , 361-36, pp. 877-880. ISSN 1013-9826
Al-Jawad, M. and Kilcoyne, S. (2008) ‘Temperature dependent crystallization of amorphous Y67Fe33 studied using kinetic small angle neutron scattering’ Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter , 20 (39), p. 395230. ISSN 0953-8984
Kilcoyne, S (2008) Exotic beam research for advanced engineering materials Vienna, Austria: International Atomic Energy Agency
Telling, M., Neylon, C., Kilcoyne, S. and Arrighi, V. (2008) ‘Anharmonic Behavior in the Multisubunit Protein Apoferritin as Revealed by Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering’ Journal of Physical Chemistry B , 112 (35), pp. 10873-10878. ISSN 1089-5647
Zhao, X., Mellors, N., Kilcoyne, S., Lord, D., Lupu, N., Chiriac, H. and Henry, P. (2008) ‘Neutron diffraction studies of magnetostrictive FeGa alloy ribbons’ Journal of Applied Physics , 103 (07B320). ISSN 0021-8979
Al-Jawad, M., Steuwer, A., Kilcoyne, S., Shore, R., Cywinski, R. and Wood, D. (2007) ‘2D mapping of texture and lattice parameters of dental enamel’ Biomaterials , 28 (18), pp. 2908-2914. ISSN 01429612
Phase formation and transformation in alloys, Development of materials with applications in medicine and dentistry
Formation of Bioactive Materials for Biomedical Applications Supervisor
Professor Sue Kilcoyne
When artificial materials are implanted into bone they are usually encapsulated by fibrous tissue, which adversely affects their clinical function and survival. However apatite based glass-ceramics have the ability to bond to living tissue very rapidly and are regarded as some of the most bioactive materials discovered to date. Unfortunately their applications are currently restricted to non-load bearing implants.
The aim of this PhD is to develop these apatite-based materials for load bearing applications. The student will use neutron and x-ray techniques to determine the crystallographic properties of the material. The mechanical properties, e.g. strength, edge-toughness, machinability will be measured and the material’s bioactivity will also be determined.