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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 Appleton’s 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)

Research and Scholarship

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 CCLRC’s 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.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Kilcoyne, S., Cywinski, R. and Foard, G. (2015) ‘Neutron studies of 15th – 17th century roundshot’. In: European Conference on Neutron Scattering ECNS 2015, 30th August - 4th September 2015, Zaragoza, Spain

Kilcoyne, S., Gannon, K., Shoghi, K., Zhang, S. and Kellerher, J. (2015) ‘A study of residual stresses and their effect on thermo mechanical fatigue in complex geometries’. In: European Conference on Neutron Scattering ECNS 2015, 30th August - 4th September 2015, Zaragoza, Spain


Tovey, D., Appleby, R., Bartolini, R., Bruning, O., Clarke, J., Flint, J., Kilcoyne, S., Thomason, J. and Jamieson, C. (2014) Accelerator Review Report 2014 Swindon, UK: STFC

Kilcoyne, S., Gannon, K., Kiumars, S. and Pirling, T. (2014) Measurement of residual stresses in the turbine housings of turbochargers [Dataset]

Simmons, L., Greig, D., Lucas, C. and Kilcoyne, S. (2014) ‘Time-resolved synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies of the crystallization of amorphous Co(80-x)FexB20Journal of Applied Physics , 116 (12), p. 123514. ISSN 0021-8979

Kiumars, S., Kilcoyne, S. and Gannon, K. (2014) Measurement of residual stresses in the turbine housings of turbochargers Grenoble, France: Institut Laue-Langevin

Van den Berg, J., Bailey, P., Barlow, R., Noakes, T., Kilcoyne, S. and Cywinski, R. (2014) ‘The UK MEIS facility: a new future at the IIAA, Huddersfield’. In: 23rd Conference on Accelerators in Research and Industry,, 25-30 May 2014, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Kilcoyne, S., Cywinski, R., Foard, G., Gannon, K. and Pirling, T. (2014) Strain analysis of 15th century roundshot [Dataset]

Kilcoyne, S., Cywinski, R., Foard, G., Gannon, K. and Pirling, T. (2014) Strain analysis of 15th century guns and projectiles [Dataset]


Simmons, L., Bentley, P., Al-Jawad, M. and Kilcoyne, S. (2013) ‘A time dependent kinetic small angle neutron scattering study of a novel YFe phaseJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter , 25 (25), p. 255401. ISSN 0953-8984


Kilcoyne, S (2012) Strain analysis of 15th century guns and projectiles Grenoble, France: Institute Laue Langevin

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 ribbonsJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials , 324 (22), pp. 3817-3823. ISSN 03048853

Palizdar, M., Comyn, T., Ward, M., Brown, A., Harrington, J., Kulkarni, S., Keeney, S., Roy, S., Pemble, M., Whatmore, R., Quinn, C., Kilcoyne, S. and Bell , A. (2012) ‘Crystallographic and magnetic identification of secondary phase in orientated Bi5 Fe0.5 Co0.5Ti3O15 ceramicsJournal 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 glass–ceramicsJournal 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 PhasePhysics Procedia , 30, pp. 121-124. ISSN 1875-3892

Telling, M. and Kilcoyne, S. (2012) ‘Electron transfer in ferritin as probed by muon spin relaxtionPhysics Procedia , 30, pp. 86-90. ISSN 1875-3892


Palizdar, M., Comyn, T., Ward, M., Brown, A., Harington, J., Kulkarni, S., Keeney, L., Roy, S., Pemble, M., Whatmore, R., Quinne, C., Kilcoyne, S. and Bell, A. (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 DiffractionEuropean 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 glassesJournal 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 Pd–Ni–Fe–P metallic glass by x-ray magnetic circular dichroismApplied 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 EnamelKey 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 scatteringJournal 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 ScatteringJournal 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 Fe–Ga alloy ribbonsJournal of Applied Physics , 103 (7), pp. 1-3. 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 enamelBiomaterials , 28 (18), pp. 2908-2914. ISSN 01429612

Research Degree Supervision

General areas

Phase formation and transformation in alloys, Development of materials with applications in medicine and dentistry

PhD project for 2012 entry

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.

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