Professor Gibson's Curriculum Vitae

Cellular materials
Gibson, L.J., Ashby, M.F. and Harley, B.A. (2010)  Cellular Materials in Nature and Medicine, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Bringing to life the fascinating structures and unique mechanics of natural and biomedical cellular materials, this book is an expert guide to the subject for graduates and researchers. Arranged in three parts, the book begins with a review of the mechanical properties of nature's building blocks (structural proteins, polysaccharides and minerals) and the mechanics of cellular materials. Part II then describes a wide range of cellular materials in nature: honeycomb-like materials such as wood and cork and foam-like materials including trabecular bone, plant parenchyma, adipose tissue, coral and sponge. Natural cellular materials often combine with fully dense ones to give mechanically efficient structures. The efficiency of natural sandwich structures (iris leaves, bird skulls), circular sections with radial density gradients (palm, bamboo) and cylindrical shells with compliant cores (animal quills and plant stems) are all discussed. Images convey the structural similarities of very different materials, whilst property charts provide the reader with mechanical data. Part III discusses biomedical applications of cellular materials: metal foams for orthopedic applications and porous tissue engineering scaffolds for regenerating tissue. It includes the effect of scaffold properties on cell behavior (e.g. attachment, morphology, migration, contraction).

Cellular Solids Book

Gibson, L.J. and Ashby, M.F. (1997)  Cellular Solids:  Structure and Properties, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

This book brings together our understanding of the structure and properties of cellular solids and the ways in which they can be exploited in engineering design.  By unifying the modeling of many different types of cellular solids (for instance, engineering honeycombs, foams, wood, cancellous bone, cork), similarities in their behaviour in these diverse materials are explained.  Case studies show how the models for foam behaviour can be used in the selection of the optimum foam for a particular engineering application.

Metal Foams Book Cover

Ashby, M. F., Evans, E. G., Fleck, N. A., Gibson, L. J., Hutchinson, J. W., and Wadley, H. N. G. (2000) Metal Foams:  A Design Guide, Butterworth Heinemann. 

Metal foams are at the forefront of technological development for the automotive, aerospace, and other weight-dependent industries. They are formed by various methods, but the key facet of their manufacture is the inclusion of air or other gaseous pockets in the metal structure.  The unique structure of metal foams also opens up more opportunities to improve on more complex methods of producing parts with space inclusions such as sand-casting. This guide provides information on the advantages metal foams possess, and the applications for which they may prove suitable.