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Sarah Hainsworth

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Professor Sarah Hainsworth CEng, CSci, FIMMM

Awards: IMechE Tribology Bronze Medal, 1995; the Institute of Metal Finishing Jim Kape Memorial Medal, 2007; Rosenhain Medal & Prize 2008


Professor Sarah Hainsworth was awarded the Rosenhain Medal and Prize in 2008, in recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, for her research on nanoindentation. Her current research interests are in the areas of materials engineering and forensic engineering. Her research in materials engineering is in the areas of power plant materials and automotive tribology. Her research in the field of forensic engineering is aimed at understanding how weapons used in dismemberment can be uniquely identified. She uses modern microscopy and imaging techniques in this work, particularly tools such as micro-computed X-ray tomography and environmental scanning electron microscopy. A further area of interest is in how knife or weapon sharpness can be characterized to relate to forces involved in crimes such as stabbing and a spin-out from this work is in making glass fail safely so that it cannot be used as an improvised weapon.
Sarah is Director of the Advanced Microscopy Centre for the University and collaborates widely on the use of microscopy across a number of disciplines including the biological sciences, geology and archaeology. She is currently to be found looking at toolmarks on what we think is Richard III's skeleton which has recently been located in Greyfriars church at Leicester. Sarah is also Graduate Dean at the University of Leicester with responsibility for postgraduate student matters across the University.

Click here to view an online article, written by Sarah, on the Foresics of knife crime...

...and here to view a video of her discussing knife crime.

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