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Professor Feodor M Borodich MSc, MEngSc, PhD, DSc, Prof. Appl. Maths, MANS

Professor Feodor M Borodich

MSc, MEngSc, PhD, DSc, Prof. Appl. Maths, MANS


School of Engineering


Feodor M. Borodich graduated from Department of Mechanics and Mathematics of Moscow State University in 1979. He was awarded Diploma in Mechanics and Applied Mathematics (equiv. to M.Sc.), and later degrees of Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (equiv. to Ph.D.), and Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (D.Sc.) by the same University in 1979, 1984 and 1990 respectively. In 2016 he was awarded by Honorary Doctor of Science degree of V.A. Belyi Metal-Polymer Research Institute (DSc Hon), National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for his contribution to Contact Mechanics and Tribology. 

In 1975-1985 he studied at Department of Constructions of All-Union Extra-Mural Civil Engineering Institute (Open University, Moscow) in order to improve his knowledge in Engineering. He was awarded Diploma with distinction in Civil Engineering (equiv. to MEngSc) in 1985. In 1995 he received a teaching certificate (grade: Professor in Applied Mathematics) from the State Council of Russian Federation for Higher Education.

In 1979-1987 he worked at Division of Reliability of the Central Scientific Research Institute of Steel Structures Design (Moscow). In 1987-1995 he taught various courses in Mechanics and Applied Mathematics at several Technical Universities in Moscow.

In 1995-2001 he held various research and teaching positions at several universities including DAMTP, University of Cambridge; Institute of Mechanics, University of Hanover (Germany); and Centre of Mathematical Research (Barcelona, Spain). His research visits were supported by various grants including the Royal Society (London) and Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. In 2001-2003 he was a visiting professor at Northwestern University (USA). Since January 2004 he works as a Professor at Cardiff School of Engineering.Currently he is the Head of Cardiff NANOScience NanoEngineering cross-disciplinary Group (NANOSNEG).

In 2018 he was elected as a Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Mining and Metallurgical Section) for his contribution in the field of depth-sensing indentation and testing of material properties, especially in application to coals.


Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing


Honours and awards

2018   Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Mining and Metallurgical Section), Elected

2016   Honorary Doctor of Science degree of V.A. Belyi Metal-Polymer Research Institute (DSc Hon), National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

1996 Academy of Nonlinear Sciences, Elected Fellow

Professional memberships

Leader of the Cardiff Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering Group (NanoSNEG).
Currently the group has six research directions:

  • Nanomechanics, nanotribology and bio-mimetics (F.M. Borodich, H.P. Evans, M M Suarez-Alvarez, N.Perepelkin);
  • Nanomaterials and nanostructures (M. Gei, B. Karihaloo);
  • Electrical and magnetic properties of nanostructures (T. Meydan, );
  • Nanomanufacturing (E. Brousseau)
  • Microfluidic technologies (D. Barrow)
  • Nanocomposites (S. Evans, Jeremy Hall, Mark Eaton, H. Zhu, and Rhys Pullin)

The group includes also a number of PhD students.

IUTAM Symposium on Scaling in Solid Mechanics, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009  ISBN: 978-1-4020-9032-5

The editor of the section `Surface Topographic Analysis` of Encyclopedia of Tribology: Wang, Q. Jane; Chung, Yip-Wah (Eds.), Springer, 2013, ISBN-10: 0387928960, ISBN 978-0-387-92898-2.

Member of Editorial Boards: Journal of Friction and Wear, Mining Informational and Analytical Bulletin (Scientific and Technical Journal), Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (PMM)

Member of the editorial review boards: Anadolu University Journal of Science and Technology A-Applied Sciences and Engineering (AUJST-A), Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering (Tribology Section)

Northwestern University, USA, 7 months of collaborative research visits (2004-2007).

Chair of International Conferences:
IUTAM Symposium `Scaling in Solid Mechanics`, Cardiff (2007), the 1st ADHESINT International Workshop, Cardiff, 2007, The 3rd ADHESINT International Workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009,  the 1st CARBTRIB International Workshop, Cardiff, 2016, the 2nd CARBTRIB International Workshop, Seville,Spain, 2017, the 3rd CARBTRIB International Workshop, Vienna, Austria, 2018

The 2nd ADHESINT International Workshop, Seville, Spain, 2008.

Organiser and Chair:
International Leverhulme Trust network ADHESINT `Adhesive Interactions between Particles and Surfaces at Micro and Nano-Scales` (2007-2010).

Organiser and Chair:
International Leverhulme Trust network CARBTRIB: `Nano-phenomena and Functionality of Modern Carbon-Based Tribo-Coatings` (2015-2018).

Academic positions

Speaking engagements

Plenary Lectures:

The 3rd workshop on "Micro and Nanodiagnostics of Coals and Rocks", Moscow, Russia, 2018, the International Scientific and Technical Conference «Polymer Composites and Tribology»  (POLYCOMTRIB-2017), Gomel, Belarus, 2017, the 2nd workshop on "Micro and Nanodiagnostics of Coals and Rocks", Moscow, Russia, 2017, International Meeting on "Micro and Nanodiagnostics of Coals and Rocks (Mechanicsl Properties)", Moscow, Russia, 2016, Euromech Colloquium 574, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey, 2015; Joint Conference ECOTRIB & Viennano 2011 (the 3rd European Conference on Tribology 2011 (ECOTRIB 2011) and 4th Vienna International Conference on Nano-Technology), Vienna, Austria,  2011; The International Summer School `Advanced Problems in Mechanics`, Russia, St. Petersburg, 2009

Recent Keynote and Invited Lectures include:
7th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, LA, USA (2006), 3rd International Indentation Workshop, Cambridge (2007), 8th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Venice, Italy (2008), 9th European Solid Mechanics Conference, Madrid, Spain (2015), 6th Vienna International Conference Viennano`15, Austria (2015), International Workshop on Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Testing of High-Performance Materials, Berlin, Germany (2016), Advanced Materials Conference, Newcastle, UK (2016), International Workshop on Adhesion and Friction: Simulation, Experiment, Applications, Berlin, Germany (2017), 10th European Solid Mechanics Conference - EUROMECH,  Bologna, Italy, 2018.

A number of Invited lectures in USA, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, UK, Turkey and Canada, e.g. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of California, Berkeley, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc. (USA), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University (Russia), Tsinghua University,  Chongqing University (China), Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham, University of Bath, Newcastle University (UK), Max-Planck Institute - Stuttgart, University of Kiel (Germany), and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain).













  • Borodich, F. al. 2011. Adhesive contact problems at macro and nano scales. Presented at: 3rd European Conference on Tribology in tandem with 4th Vienna International Conference on Nano-Technology, Vienna, Austria, 7-9 June 2011 Presented at Franek, F. and Vizintin, J. eds.ECOTRIB 2011:proceedings, Vol. 1. Vienna: Österreichische Tribologische Gesellschaft pp. 15-20.
  • Manoylov, A., Borodich, F. M. and Evans, H. P. 2011. Modelling of elastic properties of sintered porous bearings. Presented at: 3rd European Conference on Tribology, Vienna, Austria, 7-9 June 2011 Presented at Franek, F. et al. eds.Proceedings of 3rd European Conference on Tribology (ECOTRIB 2011), Vol. 1. Vienna: Austrian Tribology Society pp. 371-376.






  • Borodich, F. M. 2006. Fractals and surface roughness in EHL. Presented at: IUTAM Symposium on Elastohydrodynamics and Micro-elastohydrodynamics, Cardiff, UK, 1-3 September 2004 Presented at Snidle, R. . W. and Evans, H. . P. eds.IUTAM Symposium on Elastohydrodynamics and Micro-elastohydrodynamics: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held in Cardiff, UK, 1-3 September 2004 (Solid Mechanics and Its Applications). Dordrecht: Springer pp. 397-408.
  • Borodich, F. M., Korach, C. S. and Keer, L. M. 2006. Modelling the tribochemical aspects of friction and gradual wear of DLC films. In: Chuang, T. J. et al. eds. Nanomechanics of Materials and Structures. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 299-308.






Major Research Interests:

  1. Contact Mechanics including Mechanics of Adhesive Interactions, Indentation Methods, and Tribology
  2. Nanomechanics
  3. Scaling and Self-Similarity in Application to Mechanics
  4. Contact between Biological Structures and Biomimetics


Title People Sponsor Value Duration
Mechanics and physics of contact interactions for modern carbon-based materials Borodich FM Royal Society 3304 01/05/2006 - 03/07/2006
Mechanics of agglomeration between small cohesive particles Borodich FM Royal Society 2000 02/02/2009 - 29/03/2009
The micromechanics of interfaces: a symposium held in honour of Professor Leon Keer Borodich FM Royal Society 650 10/07/2010 - 03/08/2010
Adhesive interactions between particles and surface at micro/nanometer scales Borodich FM, Evans HP, Snidle RW The Leverhulme Trust 110334 01/10/2006 - 30/09/2009
Charactersiation of wear mechanisms and surface functionalities with regard to life time prediction and quality criteria - from micro to the nano range WEMESURF Prof FM Borodich, Prof RW Snidle, Prof HP Evans Commission of European Communities 154653 01/11/2006 - 31/10/2010
Mechanisms of interactions in nano-scale of novel ionic lubricants with functional surfaces Evans HP, Borodich FM, Snidle RW Commission of European Communities 203445 01/10/2008 - 30/09/2012
8th. World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM8) and the 5th. European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS Borodich F Royal Society 900 30/06/2008 - 30/07/2008
Xtribology: Multiscale modelling and simulation of friction and wear processes Borodich F, Evans HP AC2T Research GmbH 179602 01/10/2010 - 31/03/2015
Nano-phenomena and functionality of modern carbon-based tribo-coatings (CARBTRIB) Borodich F, Evans HP The Leverhulme Trust 124988 01/08/2015 - 31/07/2018
Cross disciplinary approaches to evaluation of elastic and adhesive properties of micro/nano thick objects Borodich F the European Commission/Welsh Government 153125 01/10/16 - 31/12/19

Supervised Students

Title Student Status Degree
Modelling Of Mixed Lubrication In Plain Bearings Based On The Theory Of Flow Factors An Incoprorating A Dry Contact Analysis MANOYLOV Anton Graduated PhD
Dry Friction between Rough Surfaces of Silicon and Functionalized Gear Microelectromechanical Systems ALMURAMADY Nabeel Shallal Thamer Graduated PhD
Simulations of Dry Friction Between Rough Surfaces and Corresponding Nonlinear Problems at Nano and Microscales SAVENCU Ovidiu Graduated PhD
Modelling the AFM probe-based nano machining process: simulation and experimental validation AL MUSAWI Raheem Sadoon Jamel Graduated PhD
Tip wear measurements for AFM probe-based nano machining ALRAZIQI Zaynab Naif Rasheed Graduated


Low-cycle Fatigue Models Applied to High Frequency Tip-based Nano-machining BAQUAIN Sameeh Current


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