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Professor Ian Hutchings

GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering

Inkjet Research, Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET)


Research interests

  • scientific and technical aspects of inkjet printing
  • tribology, especially wear and the application of tribological principles to manufacturing processes
  • surface engineering and related manufacturing processes


Professor Ian Hutchings is the GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering. He is also a fellow of St John's College and Chairman of St John's Innovation Centre Ltd.


In 2005 he founded the Inkjet Research Centre in the Institute for Manufacturing in which he and colleagues investigate the science and technology which underpins this important industrial technology.


Other research interests which involve extensive collaboration with industry include the application of tribological principles to manufacturing processes, surface engineering and all aspects of the tribological behaviour of materials. He is co-founder and co-director of the highly successful Cambridge Tribology Course.


He is the author of a widely-used textbook, 'Tribology: Friction and Wear of Engineering Materials' published in 1992, and numerous journal and conference papers. In 1994 he was awarded the Tribology Trust Silver Medal, in 2000 the Donald Julius Groen Prize by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and in 2007 the Staudinger-Durrer Prize by ETH Zurich. He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Wear from 1998 to 2012. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Recent publications on tribology:


Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of friction


50 years of tribology