Dr. Saurav Goel | Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Saurav
Guest Faculty
Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering (SoE)
Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
Profile Summary 

Dr Saurav Goel FHEA, CEng is an Associate Professor of Precision Engineering at London South Bank University. He is part of the two major UK Government projects and holds the position of Associate Director of the EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing (EP/S036180/1) and the EPSRC CDT in Ultra-Precision (EP/L016567/1) which are jointly run in partnership with the University of Manchester and with the University of Cambridge. He is a co-recipient of the prestigious Newton Fellowship award from the Royal Society (NIF\R1\191571) which has led to two of the recent publications in the Nature Magazine addressing the Sustainability Development Goals focussed on sustainability and WASH sectors. Currently, he is working on addressing precision machining challenges for ductile-mode cutting of scintillator materials to pioneer the development of next-generation TOF-PET imaging systems (EP/S013652/1) as low-cost Digital Twins and healthcare solutions and addressing the problem of clay swelling using molecular modelling skills funded by the EPSRC (EP/T001100/1). He is now also part of the two Innovate UK projects which are run jointly with the TWI and BAE systems based at Cambridge.

Dr Goel at a social level is also interested in addressing societal challenges and social issues such as gender imbalance in an ODA country like India. For this, he has received a Royal Academy of Engineering (IAPP18-19\295) project and more recently he has also received additional funding to work with the University of Johannesburg for knowledge exchange between the UK and South Africa. During the pandemic times, he worked exemplary to develop biosafe surfaces – thanks to the Engineering Pandemic Preparedness Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering (EXPP2021\1\277). To date, he has published 75+ Journal papers involving manufacturing modelling and experimentation with an impressive citation record ~2500. From his work, one of this modelling videos was recently highlighted in the video competition of the UK’s national High-Performance Computer (HPC) ARCHER2.

Educational Qualifications 
Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland
Teaching & Research Interests: 

I am specialised in Precision processing of “difficult to cut materials”, free form shapes, coating deposition techniques like Diamond like carbon films, surface metrology, and material characterisation. I’ve been looking into developing hybrid and sequential techniques to machine challenging materials like steel, silicon, glass, silicon carbide, tungsten etc with the highest possible precision attainable by bulk techniques. In particular, much of my research to date has been about trying to create “digital twins” of these very fine ultra-precision machining and characterisation processes. Recently, I’ve teamed up with colleagues at Cranfield to use my Precision Engineering knowledge to combat the current challenges associated with Detector materials for improving the performance of PET imaging systems (EP/S013652/1) that will benefit the mankind with due support of the UK’s apex funding council EPSRC.


National and International Recognition:

Editorial Board Member

Leadership initiatives:

  • Leading as UK’s management committee member and Work Group leader in the Cost Action CA15102 (gross value €120K) funded by the H2020 Scheme
  • Following staff changes, I lead Cranfield’s teaching and research execution strategy in the “Centre of Doctoral Training in Ultra-Precision Engineering” together with the University of Cambridge (EP/K503241/1) and (EP/L016567/1)

Short term courses:

Conducted a 20 hours long specialised course on “Advances in ultra-precision machining processes” under the MHRD Scheme, GIAN initiative of Government of India from 4th -16th Sept. 2016

Conference/Symposium Organizer:

  • Co-organised “E-MRS” conference on "Solutions for critical raw materials under extreme conditions" at Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 18-21st 2017 ()
  • Co-organised IET- Tribology Conference on "Challenges in Tribology 2018" to take place in IET austin Court, Birmingham, UK, March 16th to 17th 2018


  • Presented the research poster at the SET Britain exhibition at House of Commons, Parliament at London, UK on 18th March 2013
  • Received a John Moyce Lessels International postgraduate travel award of £5,000 in 2013 from Royal Society of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, for travelling to Keio University, Japan (This visit was highlighted in the Newsletter of Scotland’s National Academy (Issue No. 42, Spring 2014 edition) and also resulted in four joint publications).


  • 2016- CEng - Engineering council - (Registration No. 631060) affilicated with IMechE
  • 2015- Fellow of the Higher Education and Academy (FHEA) (Ref No. PR087638)
  • 2016- Member of the IMechE., UK (Membership Number: 80207897)
  • 2016- Member of the IET (Membership no. 1100454457)
  • 2015- Member of the Engineering Professors’ council (EPC)
  • 2012- Member of the European Society of Precision Engineering (EUSPEN)
  • 2017- Member of the CIRP (Research affiliate)

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

Kumar N, Goel G, Hawi S and Goel S., “Nature inspired Materials: Emerging trends and prospects”, NPG Asia Materials, Nature Magazine, 2021

Nirmal Kumar Katiyar, Gaurav Goel and Goel S, “Role of Machine Learning in High Entropy Alloy Development and Their Functional Applications”, in the special issue on Emergent Coatings and Thin Films for High Temperature Energy Applications” of the Journal “Emergent Materials”

M. Larrañaga, A. Zabala, I. Llavori, Oliver Pearce, Dinh T Nguyen, Jaume Caro Prados, Holger Mescheder, Wayne Nishio Ayre, Rajkumar Kottayasamy Seenivasagam, Debendra Kumar Tripathy, Joe Armstrong and Goel S., “Bactericidal surfaces: Emerging 21st century Ultra-Precision engineering challenge” Applied Physics Reviews, 2021 – Editor’s Pick with a Press Release

Goel G, Claus Hélix-Nielsen, Hari M. Upadhyaya and Goel S, “Biomimetic Membranes for Water Filtration: A Bibliometric Review”, Nature’s npj clean water, 2021 

Danka Labus Zlatanovic, Sebastian Balos, Jean Pierre Bergmann, Stefan Rasche, Janez Zavasnik, Vishal Panchal and Goel S, “In-depth microscopic characterisation of the weld faying interface revealing stress-induced metallurgical transformations during friction stir spot welding”, Int J of Machines Tools and Manufacture, 2021

Jingfei Yin, Qian Bai, Goel S, Ping Zhou and Bi Zhang, “An analytical model to predict the depth of sub-surface damage for the grinding of brittle materials”, CIRP Journal of Mfg Sci and Tech., 2021

 Majid Fazeli, H. Ozgur Ozer, Goel S., Jason Kilpatrick, Niall McEvoy, David McCloskey, John Donegan, Graham L. W. Cross, “Distribution of shallow NV centers in diamond revealed by photoluminescence spectroscopy and nanomachining”, Carbon, 2020

 Vladimir Popov, Alex Fleisher, Gary Muller-Kamskii, Andrei Shishkin, Alexander Katz-Demyanetz, Nahum Travitzky and Goel S, “Hybrid processing of graphite structures using Binder Jetting Printing”, Nature Scientific Reports, 2021

Goel S, Kovalchenko A. Stukowski A. and Cross G., “Influence of microstructure on the cutting behaviour of silicon", Acta Materialia, 105: p. 464-478, 2016

Goel S., Luo X., and R.L. Reuben, Shear instability of nanocrystalline silicon carbide during nanometric cutting. Applied physics letters, 100(23): p. 231902, 2012



EPSRC NetworkPlus In Digitalised Surface Manufacturing: Towards "World's Best" Processes

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)




Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)


Cambridge & Cranfield Doctoral Training Centre in Ultra Precision

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon) 


Improved prediction of cohesive sediment erosion based on inter-particle forces

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Swindon)