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Dr. Matthieu Gresil joined the Department of Materials Sceince and Engineering in May 2020 as Senior Lecturer. He obtained his BSc degree in Physics (University of Nantes, France) and MSc degree in Physics option Matter and Materials (University of Nantes, France). He completed his PhD from Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan, France in 2009 in collaboration with DCNS (French Navy) on the integration of functions (structural health monitoring and electromagnetic shielding) in composite materials. He joined the University of South Carolina as Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2010-2014) and conducted research on SHM using multi-physics finite element to study guided wave propagation in composite and metallic structures. Then, He joined the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester in 2014 as Lecturer in multifunctional composites.

His interdisciplinary research is focused on (i) multifunctionality that could be built into a composite structure, such as health monitoring, self-healing, reprocessing, recycling, thermal-load dissipation, and electrical enhancement; (ii) emerging polymer materials such as vitrimers which can heal and morph with a thermal trigger; and (iii) bio-inspired 2D/3D morphing materials using printing technology and nanotechnology.

Research interests

  • Advanced multifunctional composite materials
  • Structural health monitoring (Ultrasonics, Acoustic emission, distibuted optical fibre sensors)
  • Nano-composites (2D based materials)
  • self-healing, reprocessing, and recycling composite materials
  • emerging polymer materials such as vitrimers
  • multi-physics multi-scale finite element simulation
  • Bio-inspired morphing composites

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, Doctor of Science, Ecole Normale Superieure Paris-Saclay


Award Date: 14 Dec 2009

Physics, Master of Science, Universite de Nantes (University of Nantes)


Award Date: 3 Jul 2006

Physics, Bachelor of Science


Award Date: 5 Jul 2004

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Research Output

Damage detection and monitoring in composites using piezoelectric sensors

Chandarana, N., Ramasso, E., Soutis, C. & Gresil, M., 2020, ECCM 2018 - 18th European Conference on Composite Materials. Applied Mechanics Laboratory

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOther

Dicarboxylic acid-epoxy vitrimers: influence of the off-stoichiometric acid content on cure reactions and thermo-mechanical properties

Poutrel, Q. A., Blaker, J. J., Soutis, C., Tournilhac, F. & Gresil, M., 17 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Polymer Chemistry. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patterned, morphing composites via maskless photo-click lithography

Lyu, S., Zheng, F., Aguilar-Tadeo, J. A., Lin, F., Wu, R., Derby, B., Kinloch, I. A., Soutis, C., Gresil, M. & Blaker, J. J., 7 Feb 2020, In : Soft Matter. 16, 5, p. 1270-1278 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Pressure response and life assessment of filament-wound composite pipes after impact

Harris, W., Soutis, C., Gresil, M. & Atkin, C., Dec 2020, In : International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture. 3, 4, p. 365-375 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Tensile and flexural behaviour of a graphene/epoxy composite: experiments and simulation

Manta, A., Gresil, M. & Soutis, C., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Physics: Materials. 3, 1, 15 p., 014006.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access