Other Vinay Patel

Regional Space Innovation Manager & Advanced Microscopy Centre Manager

School/Department: Engineering, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7330



Vinay is the Regional Space Innovation Manager for the Research & Enterprise Division and the Mechanics of Materials Laboratory and Advanced Microscopy Centre Manager in the School of Engineering. Vinay obtained his bachelor’s degree in Forensic Engineering in 2010 at Sheffield Hallam University. He started working at the Materials Engineering Research Institute in 2007 for 7 years as a Senior Analytical Officer supporting various Advanced Analytical equipment and engaging in various consultancy activities.

In 2014 he joined the University of Leicester’s School of Engineering. Since 2007 Vinay has worked on over 300 consultancy jobs for a wide range of industrial partners saving or generating millions of pounds for those companies.

Vinay is also a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining.


Exploiting the research capabilities and assets within the partner universities to facilitate and secure research development and innovation collaborations with businesses in the Space and Space Enabled sectors using upstream and downstream Space technologies and services.

Working with internal and external researchers and partners to engage with businesses in the Space & Space Enabled sectors to nurture and broker funded collaborations using the mechanisms provided by the SPRINT programme ( and other identified sources for collaborative funding (UK Space Agency European Space Agency UK Research and Innovation - UKRI etc…).

SPRINT ( Space Research & Innovation Network for Technology ) is a national innovation programme exploiting the strength of UK Universities to drive business growth in the Space and Space Enabled economy. 


B.Saleem.,H.B. Dong.,V.Patel., Effect of Aging on the Strength of Corrosion-Resistant Incoloy Alloys 945 and 945X: A Microstructural Perspective, Materials Volume 748, 4 March 2019, Pages 327-336

Luo, Q., Kitchen, M., Patel, V., Magowan, S.,Owens, D., Partial-Isothermally-Treated Low Alloy Ultrahigh Strength Steel with Martensitic/Bainitic Microstructure, Conference Proceedings of Offshore Engineering Steels 2015, 23-25 November 2015.

Salim, H.I., Patel, V., Abbas, A., Walls, J.M., Dharmadasa, I.M., Electrodeposition of CdTe thin films using nitrate precursor for applications in solar cells, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 2015 (26), p. 3119-3128.

Olusola,O., Patel, V., Dharmadasa, I.M., Optimisation of PH for electrodeposition of n-CdS Thin Films for applications in photovoltaic devices, 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, September 2014.

Luo, Q., Kitchen, M., Patel, V., Magowan, S., Carbon partitioning and structure evolution in the hardening treatments of high strength steel, 20th Congress of International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, Beijing, China, 23-25 October 2012.

Diso, D.G., Muftah, G.E.A., Patel, V., Dharmadasa, I.M., Growth of Cds layers to Develop All-Electrodeposited Cds/CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2010 (157), p. 647-651.

B. Saleem*, H. B. Dong, V. Patel.,Alloy 718 Subsea Bolt in Relation to Surface Cracking: A Microstructural Perspective, Scientific Research Journal,  DOI: 10.4236/msa.2020.1112053 




Mechanical Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Materials Engineering 

Press and media

Scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy

Elemental analysis using energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX)

XRF analysis

Macro micro and nano hardness measurements

Mechanical testing

Wear testing

Surface characterization

Optical profilometry - 3D optical colour profiling of microscopic surface features

Materials characterisation of Steels and Alloys


Failure analysis and consultancy


Highly Commended Technician of the year 2017 Papin Prize

Hatfield Memorial Prize - Sheffield Metallurgical Society 


BEng Forensic Engineering (Hons)

Chartered Engineer - Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining

Chartered Scientist - Science Council

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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