Personal profile


Dr Vit Janik is Senior Lecturer in Materials, Mechanics and Measurement at Coventry University. Vit joined Coventry in July 2017 after spending five years at WMG, University of Warwick as Research Fellow in Materials Characterisation. In 2008 during his PhD study at the Czech Technical University in Prague he was awarded the EU Science and Technology Fellowship China and joined School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China as postdoctoral researcher. Vit obtained MEng (Dipl. Ing.) in Materials Engineering in 2005 and PhD in Materials Engineering in 2009 both at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Research Interests

Vit’s main research interests are in physical metallurgy and characterisation of engineering metals and alloys. By controlling the microstructural response of materials during thermal and thermo-mechanical processing he aims to improve both materials strength and formability simultaneously. With advancement of heated stage electron microscopy Vit’s main achievements have been in the development of characterisation methods to monitor transient stages of processing of advanced high strength steels and light alloys (Al, Mg). Vit’s additional interests are in exploiting such improved metals and alloys in specific areas of light-weighting in transportation industry.

At WMG Vit worked as full time researcher on EPSRC project “Micro-structuring micro-alloyed steels via non-metallic precipitate formation” (EP/L018632/1). He investigated interphase precipitation during austenite to ferrite transformation and its role on strengthening and ductility of automotive advanced high strength steels by means of Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, Heated Stage Electron Back Scattered Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). Vit’s work within this project in partnership with Tata Steel Europe, University of Manchester and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Didcot, led to improved strength and ductility of XPF800 ferritic high strength steels and to its successful commercialisation in automotive chassis components.

Also at WMG, Vit was a core member of the materials light-weighing theme within Innovate UK High Value Manufacturing project CATAPULT. He acted both as principal researcher and project manager on various light-weighting transportation related projects and collaborated closely with industrial partners including Tata Steel Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Superform Aluminium UK, Aeromet Int, Ricardo, G.R.M. Consulting, in total grant value of above £950k. Two of his projects Optimization of Thermomechanical Processing of Advanced High Strength Steels for Improved Strength and Formability in Automotive Chassis Components and Preventing Zinc Assisted Cracking during Hot Press Forming of Automotive Galvannealed Boron Steels were selected by CATAPULT centre at WMG as “High Impact Show-Case Studies”.

As postdoctoral researcher at SJTU, China, Vit participated in Key Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China and won China Postdoctoral Foundation award to study Elevated temperature behaviour and creep resistance of Mg-RE alloys. 

Vision Statement

Silicon gives us computers and with them data, iron gives us machines and with them mobility. My vision is to infuse data and knowledge of the Silicon Age into the processes and materials coming from the Age of Iron. A revolution in the way how we visualize materials occurred during Silicon Age. Thanks to the Silicon Age we can now see metallic materials under the microscope behaving like an organic material, growing, transforming, deforming, or relaxing under our eyes. The fact that we can measure the transient stages during materials processing allows us to design new materials to significantly increase their performance. This will lead to renaissance of Iron, steel and metals and alloys.

Education / Academic qualification

Materials Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

28 Sep 200930 Sep 2011

Materials Engineering, Doctorate, Czech Technical University in Prague

1 Feb 200526 Aug 2009

Materials Engineering, MSc, Czech Technical University in Prague

29 Sep 199829 Jan 2005

External positions

Visiting Academic, University of Warwick

1 Jul 2017 → …

Research Fellow, University of Warwick

1 Apr 201230 Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

1 Apr 20091 Nov 2011

EU Science and Technology Fellow, European Commission


Senior Researcher, Czech Technical University in Prague



  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
  • Creep
  • Strengthening mechanisms
  • TEM
  • Heated stage SEM
  • Precipitation
  • Recrystallization
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Engineering materials
  • Automotive light-weighting
  • Superplastic Forming

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Creep Engineering & Materials Science
Acetanilides Chemical Compounds
Precipitates Engineering & Materials Science
Hospital Dental Service Chemical Compounds
Steel Engineering & Materials Science
tensile creep Physics & Astronomy
Addison Disease Chemical Compounds
creep strength Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2007 2018

A phase-field model investigating the role of elastic strain energy during the growth of closely spaced neighbouring interphase precipitates

Rahnama, A., Clark, S., Janik, V. & Sridhar, S. 1 Feb 2018 In : Computational Materials Science. 142, p. 437-443 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Strain energy
Interfacial energy
Thermodynamic stability
1 Citations

Investigating nano-precipitation in a V-containing HSLA steel using small angle neutron scattering

Wang, Y. Q., Clark, S. J., Janik, V., Heenan, R. K., Venero, D. A., Yan, K., McCartney, D. G., Sridhar, S. & Lee, P. D. 15 Feb 2018 In : Acta Materialia. 145, p. 84-96 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hyperlipoproteinemia Type I
Neutron scattering
Transmission electron microscopy
1 Citations

A phase-field model for interphase precipitation in V-micro-alloyed structural steels

Rahnama, A., Clark, S., Janik, V. & Sridhar, S. 1 Sep 2017 In : Computational Materials Science. 137, p. 257-265 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Interfacial energy

In situ characterisation of austenite/ferrite transformation kinetics and modelling of interphase precipitation inter-sheet spacing in V microalloyed HSLA steels

Clark, S., Lan, Y., Janik, V., Rijkenberg, A. & Sridhar, S. 2017 THERMEC 2016. Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Vol. 879, p. 356-362 7 p. (Materials Science Forum; vol. 879)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

High strength steel
Microstructural evolution
Microscopic examination
Electron microscopes

Activities 2014 2017

  • 7 Publication peer-review

Materials (Journal)

Janik, V. (Peer Reviewer)
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Journal of Materials Science (Journal)

Janik, V. (Peer Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review

Metals (Journal)

Janik, V. (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

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Advanced Engineering Materials (Journal)

Janik, V. (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Press / Media