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Dr Kavian Cooke

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Eng & Digital Technologies
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Dr Cooke joined the University of Bradford in 2017. He is an Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering and Director of Post-Graduate Research. Before coming to the University of Bradford Dr Cooke served as Programme Director of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology, Jamaica. He was awarded a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2011, which focused on transient liquid phase diffusion bonding of particle reinforced aluminium alloys. His qualifications also include a B. Eng. with honours and an MPhil from the University of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Management from Patten University. Dr Cooke is a reviewer for several international journals illustrating international recognition in the main field. In 2013, he won the prestigious University of Technology, Jamaica President Research Excellence Award for research excellence in surface and interface engineering. Dr Cooke is also a chartered engineer (C.Eng.), a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Member of the Caribbean Academy of Science.


His research interests are highly interdisciplinary and centres on the synthesis, processing and characterisation of novel structural and functional materials for a wide range of technological applications. His current and evolving research interests involve identifying and for functionalising solutions for the protection of engineering components by designing surfaces for improved wear and corrosion performance in aggressive operating environments.

Dr Cooke’s strength in research and innovation supports his work with industry partners.  Past research projects included the development of coatings for low friction applications, wear and corrosion resistance, increase wettability, and controlled melting for use in welding and joining. These areas overlap with tribology, welding, and joining as well as various additive manufacturing techniques for producing surface coatings. He has previously used methods such as electrophoresis, thermal spraying, case hardening, surface hardening using wire arc and vacuum diffusion bonding. The findings of these studies are available in several prestigious journals, leading conferences and books.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-11: University of Calgary - PhD
  • 01-APR-17: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) , Member
  • 01-NOV-17: Engineering Council UK, Charter Engineer (Eng)
  • 11-NOV-11: Jamaica Institution of Engineers, Professional Engineer
  • 02-APR-18: Caribbean Academy of Science, Member
  • 01-JAN-19: Travel Award
  • 01-JAN-13: Research Excellence Award


TitleExtraction and Characterization of Fibres from the Stalk and Spikelets of Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) (2022)
AuthorsKavian Cooke
JournalResults in Physics
TitleEffect of heat-treatment on the thermal and mechanical stability of Ni/Al2O3 nanocrystalline coatings (2020)
AuthorsCooke K.O.;Khan T.I.;Shar M.A.
JournalJournal Of Manufacturing And Materials Processing
TitleMicro-alloying and surface texturing of Ti-6Al-4V alloy by embedding nanoparticles using gas tungsten arcwelding (2020)
AuthorsCooke K.O.;Shar M.A.;Hussain S.
JournalJournal Of Manufacturing And Materials Processing
TitleHigh-temperature diffusion bonding of Ti-6Al-4V and super-duplex stainless steel using a Cu interlayer embedded with alumina nanoparticles (2020)
AuthorsCooke K.O.;Richardson A.;Khan T.I.;Shar M.A.
JournalJournal Of Manufacturing And Materials Processing
TitleNanoparticle enhanced eutectic reaction during diffusion brazing of aluminium to magnesium (2019)
AuthorsAkhtar, T.S.; Cooke, Kavian O.; Khan, Tahir I.; Shar, M.S.
TitleMicrostructure development during low-current resistance spot welding of aluminum to magnesium (2019)
AuthorsCooke, Kavian O.; Khan, Tahir I.
TitleMicrostructure Development during Low-Current Resistance Spot Welding of Aluminum to Magnesium (2019)
AuthorsKavian O. Cooke and Tahir I. Khan
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Processes
TitleResistance spot welding aluminium to magnesium using nanoparticle reinforced eutectic forming interlayers (2018)
AuthorsCooke, K.O.; Khan, Tahir I.
TitleEffect of thermal processing on the tribology of nanocrystalline Ni/TiO2 coatings (2018)
AuthorsCooke, Kavian O.; Khan, Tahir I.
TitleExtraction and characterization of fibres from the stalk and spikelets of empty fruit bunch (2015)
JournalJournal Of Applied Chemistry
TitleDiffusion brazing of Al6061/15 Vol. Pct Al2O3p using a Cu-Sn interlayer (2013)
AuthorsCooke, K.O.;Khan, T.I.;Oliver, G.D.;
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science
TitleDiffusion Brazing of Al6061/15 Vol. Pct Al2O3p Using a Cu-Sn Interlayer (2013)
JournalMetallurgical And Materials Transactions B
TitleMechanical Engineering Science 1st Edition, paperback, (2012)
TitleA Review of Recently Patented Work on Thermal Sprayed Coatings Used for Wear and Corrosion Protection (2012)
JournalRecent Patents On Corrosion Science
TitleA study of the effect of nanosized particles on transient liquid phase diffusion bonding Al6061 metal--matrix composite (MMC) using Ni/Al2O3 nanocomposite interlayer (2012)
JournalMetallurgical And Materials Transactions B
TitleEffect of Ni-Al2O3nanocomposite coating thickness on transient liquid phase bonding of al 6061 MMC (2012)
AuthorsCooke, K.O.;Khan, T.I.;Oliver, G.D.;
JournalScience and Technology of Welding and Joining
TitleEffect of Ni--Al2O3 nanocomposite coating thickness on transient liquid phase bonding of Al 6061 MMC (2012)
JournalScience and Technology of Welding and Joining
TitleTransient liquid phase diffusion bonding Al-6061 using nano-dispersed Ni coatings (2012)
JournalMaterials and Design
TitleA study of the effect of nanosized particles on transient liquid phase diffusion bonding al6061 metal-matrix composite (MMC) using Ni/Al2O3Nanocomposite Interlayer (2012)
AuthorsCooke, K.O.;
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science
TitleDiffusion Bonding and Characterization of a Dispersion Strengthened Aluminum Alloy (2011)
TitleNanostructure Particle-Reinforced Transient Liquid Phase Diffusion Bonding: a Comparative Study (2011)
JournalMetallurgical And Materials Transactions A
TitleA critique on the wear mechanism of surface engineered sugar mill roller shells (2008)
AuthorsOliver, G.D.;Buchanan, V.E.;Cooke, K.O.;
JournalInternational Sugar Journal
TitleTribological Study of Mechanical Harvester Blades used in the Jamaican Sugar Industry (2008)
TitleA tribological study for an increased coefficient of friction in the extraction of sugarcane juice (2007)
AuthorsOliver, G.;Buchanan, V.;Cooke, K.;
JournalTribology Transactions
TitleOptimisation of the electric wire arc-spraying process for improved wear resistance of sugar mill roller shells (2007)
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
TitleAn example of the infusion of endogenous technology in engineering curricula: the case hardening of mild steel using local Jamaica blue mountain coffee shells (2005)
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
TitleElectrodeposited nanocomposite coatings: Principles and applications (2014)
AuthorsCooke, K.O.;
JournalHandbook of Functional Nanomaterials
TitleA comparative analysis of techniques used for joining intermetallic MMCs (2017)
JournalIntermetallic Matrix Commposite
TitleParametric Analysis of Electrodeposited Nano-composite Coatings for Abrasive Wear Resistance (2016)
JournalElectrodeposition of Composite Materials, Dr. A.M.A Mohamed (Ed.)
TitleElectrodeposited Nanocomposite Coatings: Principles and Applications (2013)
JournalNanotechnology science and technology
TitleSpectroscopic Analyses of Nano-Dispersion Strengthened Transient Liquid Phase Bonds (2012)
JournalAdvanced Aspects of Spectroscopy
Other typeReviews
TitleCurrent trends in dissimilar diffusion bonding of titanium alloys to stainless steels, aluminium and magnesium (2020)
AuthorsCooke K.O.;Atieh A.M.
JournalJournal Of Manufacturing And Materials Processing