Dr Dimitrios Statharas


School/Department: Engineering, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2539



I am a mechanical engineer focused on materials science failure analysis mechatronics and A.I. Got my undergraduate degree from the University of West Attica (formerly known as T.E.I. of Piraeus). Following that I obtained my MSc degree in Advanced Industrial Manufacturing Systems from Kingston University and started my PhD research at the University of Leicester in 2014. I also did my Post-Doc in Leicester and now I have joined the School of Engineering as a lecturer. I am very keen on exploring multiple aspects of engineering and collaborating with academics from multiple disciplines in the University. I believe that mentally and academically challenging subjects and research are the best way to grow and improve. I always look forward to what the future holds. 


Worked on multiple subjects in research starting from the undergraduate degree. The main subjects are failure analysis solidification cracking and novel electrodeposition processes. I was part of the IMPaCT CDT at the University of Leicester during my PhD. After that I worked on an INNOVATE UK project for the electrodeposition of composite materials using novel processes. Currently I am working on A.I. and computer vision for detection of material defects and characterisation of materials in preparation for my first grant application as an academic. 


D. Statharas, H. V. Atkinson, R. Thornton, J. Marsden, H. Dong, S. Wen: " Getting the strain under control: Trans-Varestraint tests for hot cracking susceptibility", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 50 (4), 1748-1762, February 2019

C. Medrea, L. Fragkos-Livanios, K. Giannakopoulos, D. Statharas: Failure analysis of two cold-working cutting tools. Case studies, MATEC Web of Conferences, vol. 188, EDP Sciences, August 2018

D. Statharas, H.V. Atkinson, J. Marsden, H. Dong: Varestraint and Trans-Varestraint test of assessing hot cracking susceptibility, 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies. (ICMAT 2017), Singapore, 17-23 June 2017

D. Statharas, G. Besseris, C. Stergiou: "Digital ISO Document Management" 6th International Scientific Conference eRa, Piraeus, Greece 19-24 September 2011.

D. Statharas, D. Papageorgiou, J. Sideris, C Medrea: "Microscopic examination of a failed cutting tool's fracture surfaces", 5th International Scientific Conference eRa, Piraeus, Greece 15-18 September 2010.

D. Statharas, J. Sideris, C. Medrea, I. Chicinas: "Microscopic examination of the fracture surfaces of a cold working die due to premature failure.", Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol.18, pp.759-765. (The paper was presented at the 4th International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis, Cambridge, Gran Britain, 4-7 July, 2010).

D. Statharas, I. Sideris, D. Papageorgiou, C. Medrea: Preliminary examination of the fracture surfaces of a cold cutting tool, International Technology, Education and Development, Valencia, Spain, 9 - 11 March 2009, pp. 4101- 4106.

C. Medrea, J. Sideris, D. Papageorgiou, D. Statharas: The role of the design in prevention of steel failures. Cases of study, International Technology, Education and Development, Valencia, 9 - 11 March 2009, pp. 4080-4088.

D. Statharas, D. Papageorgiou, I. Sideris, C. Medrea: Preliminary examination of the fracture surfaces of cold working die., International Journal of Materials Forming, Vol. 1, 2008, pp. 431 - 434 (The paper was presented at 11th ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, Lyon, France, 23-25 April, 2008).


Topics of Interest: Experimental assessment of the solidification cracking susceptibility of materials. Development of novel methods for assessing hot cracking susceptibility of materials. Novel methods for training A.I. algorithms for materials science applications. A.I. computer vision for defect identification in challenging environments and applications.


I am currently teaching the following modules: Mechatronics In this module we explore the use of electronics and programming as tools to solve engineering problems. A significant amount of production and experimental equipment that is used for solving engineering problems and producing engineering materials has in one way or another some electronic components. Finite Element Analysis and Design This module aims to introduce the finite element method (FEM). The objectives are to introduce the basic theory behind the method for various types of elements and to use professional finite element software to design and assess the structural integrity of several components. Advanced Composite Materials This module is an introduction to a subset of materials called composites their uses and the ways they can be analysed and used in engineering applications. The main aim of this module is to provide the tools to calculate the properties of composite materials. Composite materials are a very interesting group of materials that have important applications and properties. 

Press and media

I would be glad to provide my input for the following topics: Failure analysis General Materials Science Sustainability of Engineering Materials Processing and Heat Treatments of Steel 
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