Professor Anne Neville awarded

Professor Anne Neville, University of Leeds – Picture: ©University of LeedsMany congratulations to our LifeLongJoints Partner, Professor Anne Neville, from the University of Leeds, who has been awarded the Leverhulme Medal for “revealing diverse physical and chemical processes at interacting interfaces, emphasising significant synergy between tribology and corrosion”.

She was further commended for “exceptional research which has enhanced the understanding of basic processes and addressed major industrial problems”.

Professor Neville will be presented with a gold medal at the Royal Society’s Anniversary Day in November 2016.
The award is supported by the Leverhulme Trust, established under the will of Victorian entrepreneur William Lever, and was first awarded in 1960 to mark the Tercentenary of the Royal Society. It is awarded triennially for “an outstandingly significant contribution in the field of pure or applied chemistry or engineering, including chemical engineering”.
Past winners of the Leverhulme Medal include Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS in 2013, who also won the Nobel Prize and Sir Martyn Poliakoff FRS in 2010.

Hands-on musculoskeletal modeling and integration with FEA, Lyon (France), July 10th 2016

LLJ partner AnyBody Technology welcomes you to a 4-hour hands-on workshop.

Your multi-scale models of bones, ligaments, cartilage etc., could be more realistic by using musculoskeletal models to compute the in-vivo muscle and joint contact forces.

stand_0000By the end of this workshop, you will have learned to create such a simulation pipeline, combining musculoskeletal and finite-element simulations. You will learn to use the AnyBody Modeling System to create personalized musculoskeletal models and simulate simple daily motions such as squats, even when motion capture data may be unavailable. You will also gain hands-on experience of passing on the simulation results as boundary conditions for a finite element analysis.

Many of the tools and methods that will be shown were developed or enhanced through in the LLJ project.

For more details and registration, please visit

Very good progress has been made over the past 12 months!

This was the key observation made by the Project Technical Assistant Laurence Archibald at the third LLJ annual review meeting held in Manchester 8 June.

Work package leaders presented the achievements of the past 12 months and the ongoing work. The coating development is proceeding towards final specification; there are exciting developments in the area of simulation and modelling; a new method for the toxicology measurements has been achieved; over 50 scientific presentations and paper submissions have been made; LLJ young researchers have received awards; a very successful outreach event was held.


In commending the progress made, Laurence Archibald, stressed now the importance of preparing for exploitation. Monica Schofield speaking for the work of WP6 which tackles Medical device regulation, exploitation, dissemination pointed out that the work was being carried out in accordance with a Regulatory Plan defined at the start of the project which is intended to smooth the route too exploitation of the coating on implants, though commercial support for this cannot be guaranteed. There is certainly a lot of exploitation interest in the modelling and simulation work.

LLJ partners are pleased with the positive feedback from the PTA. It is very helpful to the project to have a competent external view on developments.

Publications list grows

LifeLongJoints consortium members have been busy on the publications front recently. To make it easier for users to find their way round what is now quite a long list, we have added a function to sort articles by title or publication date. Articles available online are hyperlinked from their listings, while a click on the publication’s authors takes users to the consortium member’s page on this website. Check out the publications page to see what’s new.

Another LLJ Presentation Award!

LLJ supported PhD candidate Abimbola Oladokun , Leeds University, wins 1st Prize for Best Oral Presentation at TriboUK 2016.

The 13th TriboUK conference was hosted in Leeds 14th -15th April 2016. This conference has been taking place annually for just over a decade. TriboUK brings together active early stage researchers in the field of tribology and creates an avenue for industrialist and researchers to engage in some fruitful networking.

Abi’s presentation was titled “Sub-surface Investigation of Fretted CoCrMo and Ti6Al4V Alloys”. Dr Michael Bryant, one of Abi’s Supervisors explains ‘The degradation processes occurring at the modular taper interfaces are complex, involving wear, corrosion and metallurgical processes. Currently there is some speculation as to why the ‘softer’ Titanium alloy results in accelerated degradation of CoCr alloys when used in the modular taper interface. Abi has taken a holistic approach to understand these processes by applying tribocorrosion simulation methods complemented with advanced surface analysis techniques. By adopting these methods we can determine surface and subsurface processes across multiple length scales ensuring fundamental knowledge can be translated to engineering systems. We are excited that this work is gaining recognition by the scientific community’.

The award was presented by Emeritus Professor Duncan Dowson of the University of Leeds, known as the man who coined the term “Biotribology” and the writer of the book “History of Tribology”.

The LLJ team congratulates Abi on an excellent achievement!