ECMS Project Director


The ECMS team are pleased to welcome Prof Arun Arjunan, as the new Project Director.

Arun Arjunan is the Professor of Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials and the Director of the Engineering Research Centre, and ECMS at the University of Wolverhampton.  He also leads the Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials (AMFM) research group.  Arun was recognised by the Stanford study as one of the world’s top 2% of Scientists in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Arun heads the Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials (AMFM) research group, which is focused on developing multifunctional materials that can be additively manufactured (3D printed) for on-demand problem-solving.  Arun’s research specialises in the development of advanced additive manufacturing techniques for the fabrication of metamaterials with unprecedented or rare mechanical, auxetic, energy, acoustic, or biological properties.  He has made numerous contributions to the development of novel materials, algorithmic process parameters and metamaterials within the context of laser-powder bed fusion (L-PBF) additive manufacturing.  His interest in metamaterial has also led to the development of the Herschel-Quincke-Arjunan waveguides for passive noise cancellation.  Arun actively supervises PhD students, publishes in leading research journals, and has his research funded by numerous research grants including from the Innovate UK, Department of Transport (DfT), European Union, and Industrial Partnerships in excess of £2 million.

Arun was appointed as a member of the AMT/8 Additive Manufacturing BSI standards development committee in 2020. The committee is responsible for developing ISO standards to support advancements within additive manufacturing processes relevant to the UK industry and input into the UK ISO/TC 261 and the EU CEN/TC 438. He was the external examiner for the University of Greenwich from 2016-2020 and also serves as a Reviewer and Panel Member for the British Research Council. He won the GKN Award in 2011, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in 2020, the UK Engineering Innovation Awards in 2021 and the Emerald Literati Award in 2022. He was also nominated for the 2019 and 2020 ‘Blavatnik Awards in the United Kingdom’ and was THE ENGINEER UK Collaborate to Innovate Finalist for the research on 3D printed smart swabs for COVID-19 sample collection. He serves on international advisory committees, review panels of funding agencies, and as a member of award committees. As a result of his innovative pedagogic practices and research-led teaching, Arun was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2015.


Author: Nicci Taylor