Dr. Limbert is interested in unravelling the links between structure and function of biological tissues in health, disease and ageing using mathematical and computational modelling techniques combined with physical experiments. Understanding the interplay between material and structural properties of tissues is a fundamental aspect of this research. This knowledge is essential to predict how biological tissues interact with engineered devices (e.g. surgical implants and consumer goods). This research covers a wide range of applications and industrial sectors where the behaviour of living matter is of relevance: e.g. biomedicine, medical devices, pharmaceutics, consumer goods, cosmetics and military.
Associate Professor, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK
Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa
MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FHEA
Georges Limbert joined the national Centre for Advanced Tribology and Bioengineering Sciences Research Group at Southampton as a Lecturer in Mathematical Modelling in Biotribology in 2009 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. Georges is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Before taking on his lectureship Georges was a Senior Researcher at the Wales College of Medicine at Cardiff University (2001-2007) and, more recently, a Senior Consulting Engineer (Computational Biomechanics) at the Research Institute for Industry within the School of Engineering Sciences in Southampton (2007-2009) where he assisted orthopaedic implant companies in the design and European Union marking of their products using statistical computational modelling techniques.
His current research focuses on the constitutive modelling of biological and engineering materials with special interest on skin biophysics, biomedical polymers, the non-linear mechanics of thin biological structures and computational techniques for biophysical applications. His research is supported by world-leading organisations operating in the consumer goods, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and military sectors including Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Roche, US Air Force and Rolls Royce.
Georges has expertise in non-linear continuum/computational mechanics/tissue biomechanics and the formulation of constitutive models for biomaterials, biological tissues and structures. In this capacity, he acts as a consultant for Fortune 500/FTSE 100 and SME companies (consumer goods, cosmetics, pharmaceutics, biomedical, law, software). Some of his constitutive models are used in industry, academia and the US Army.
Georges holds a Master in Engineering Mechanics (Toulouse, France) and a Master in Theoretical Mechanics (Bordeaux, France). He obtained a PhD in Computational Biomechanics from the University of Southampton in 2002, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), London. He also sits on the board of the Engineering in Medicine and Health Division of the IMechE (now known as the Biomedical Engineering Association).
Leyva-Mendivil, M. F., Lengiewicz, J., Page, A., Bressloff, N. W. B. and Limbert, G. (2017) Implications of multi-asperity contact for shear stress distribution in the viable epidermis – an imaged-based finite element study, Biotribology, in press
Leyva-Mendivil, M. F., Lengiewicz, J., Page, A., Bressloff, N. W. B. and Limbert, G. (2017) Skin microstructure is a key contributor to its friction behaviour, Tribology Letters, 65:12.
Ioannis graduated with a First Class MEng in Civil Engineering (speciality: Structural Engineering) from the Democrity University of Thrace (Xanthi, Greece) in 2016 and a First Class (with distinction) MEng in Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Swansea (UK) in 2017. Ioannis is the recipient of a National Scholarship Foundation studentship for being ranked 1st in his academic year (2011).
PhD thesis: “Development of a multiphysics modelling framework to characterise the interactions of skin and wet shaving products.” Sponsor: Procter&Gamble
Co-supervised with Prof. Neil Bressloff, University of Southampton AwardedInnovation in Tribology Prize from the Institute of Physicsfor this PhD work Current position: Research Fellow, nCATS, University of Southampton
Dr. Daniel SUTTON (2011-2014)
PhD thesis: “Wear modelling of diamond-like carbon coatings against steel in deionised water.” Sponsor: Rolls Royce Nuclear
Co-supervised with Prof. Robert J. K. Wood, University of Southampton Current position: Senior Engineer at MBDA Missile Systems
Dr. Federico QUINCI (2010-2014)
PhD thesis: “Towards a micromechanical insight into the visco-dynamic behaviour of UHMWPE for the modelling of knee joint replacement systems.” Sponsor: DePuy Orthopaedics
Co-supervised with Prof. Mark Taylor, University of Southampton Current position: Research Engineer at Honda Nederland BV Automotive
Mr. Damien POND (2015-2017), University of Cape Town Mr. Daniel GARCIA-MARTINEZ (2012), University of Southampton Mr. Sabah NOBAKHTI (2011), University of Southampton Mr. Fazil Farooque AHMED (2011), University of Southampton Mr. Elnur MAMADOV (2011), University of Southampton
Former postgraduate intern students
Mr. Michalis RODOSTHENOUS (2014), University of Southampton Mr. Clément SART (2012, 2013), SupMéca and Ecole Centrale de Paris (Paris, France) Mr. Fabrice TCHANQUE-NJIKE (2013), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) (Palaiseau, France) Mr. Vincent MAUBARET (2012), SupMéca (Paris, France) Mr. Mathias BLANDEAU (2011), Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC) (Compiègne, France) Mr. Adrien PEDUZZI (2010), SupMéca (Paris, France) Mr. Matthew JENNER (2009), University of Southampton