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    Dr Vit Janik is a 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 a postdoctoral researcher he 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. 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.

    As a Research Fellow at WMG, University of Warwick, Vit worked on EPSRC project “Micro-structuring micro-alloyed steels via non-metallic precipitate formation”. He investigated interphase precipitation during austenite to ferrite transformation and its role on strengthening and ductility of XPF800 ferritic high strength automotive steels. Vit wasa core member at WMG of the materials light-weighing theme within Innovate UK High Value Manufacturing project CATAPULT. Two of his further projects on automotive high strength formable steels were selected by CATAPULT centre at WMG as “High Impact Show-Case Studies”.

    Research Interests

    Physical metallurgy and characterisation of engineering metals and alloys. Control of the microstructural response of materials during thermal and thermo-mechanical processing to improve materials strength and formability. Development of characterisation methods to monitor transient stages of processing of advanced high strength steels and light alloys. Fundamentals of formability of engineering materials.

    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, Postgraduate Diploma, Postdoctoral Diploma - Creep Resistance and Creep Behaviour of Mg-Gd alloys, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    28 Sept 200930 Sept 2011

    Award Date: 9 Sept 2011

    Materials Engineering, Doctorate, Creep Resistance of Mg-Nd-Y-Zn alloys, Czech Technical University in Prague

    1 Feb 200526 Aug 2009

    Award Date: 26 Aug 2009

    Materials Engineering, MSc, Influence of Nb on the Dynamic Recrystallization of Low Carbon Steels , Czech Technical University in Prague

    29 Sept 199829 Jan 2005

    Award Date: 29 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
    • HR-EBSD
    • TEM
    • Heated stage SEM
    • Precipitation
    • Recrystallization
    • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    • Engineering materials
    • Automotive light-weighting
    • Superplastic Forming


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