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Professor Ian Sherrington

Prof. Ian Sherrington

Director of the Jost Institute

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM110

+44 (0) 1772 89 3322

Subject Areas: Tribotechnology

Ian Sherrington is Professor of Tribotechnology and Director of the Jost Institute. He has been awarded several prizes for his contribution in tribology (Thomas Stephen Tribology Group prize, Tribology Bronze Medal). His responsibilities include serving as a member of the I.Mech.E Tribology Group Committee, membership of the editorial panel for the journal “Engineering Tribology”, acting as meetings secretary for the International Tribology Council (ITC) and serving as editor for their newsletter.

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Prof Sherrington has an inter-disciplinary background in physics, mathematics, computing, and engineering, and has interests in wear prediction, wear measurement, friction measurement, effects of wear debris, lubricant leakage and oil film thickness measurement.

Ian was awarded the 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize and as the winner he was invited to present the Tribology Group’s prestigious Groen Prize Lecture in December 2015. The lubrication, friction and wear expert was selected for his “outstanding achievements in the Group's sphere of activity”. More information about the award can be found in our news story.

March 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the publication of a ground-breaking report in engineering. To celebrate this event Professor Sherrington organised an anniversary seminar at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in Westminster.

In November 2018, Ian was named as the first Professor of Tribotronics in the world by one of the top Scandinavian universities, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.  Read the full story.

Work Experience

2003 to date: Jost Institute for Tribotechnology, University of Central Lancashire, UK Director of Institute
1991 - 2003: University of Central Lancashire, UK Reader in Tribology
1987 - 1991: Lancashire Polytechnic Senior Lecturer
1986 - 1987: Lancashire Polytechnic Lecturer II
1984 - 1986: Lancashire Polytechnic Research Engineer
1983 - 1984: Preston Polytechnic Research Assistant
1979 - 1982: Preston Polytechnic Research Assistant


Sherrington, I. , “Total Tribology – the practice of considering tribology at all stages of the lifecycle of interface components”. Appearing in “Total Tribology – Towards an integrated approach”. Professional Engineering Publications. (December 2002) ISBN 1 86058 393 8.

Sherrington, I. , Rowe, W. B., Wood, R. J. K., (Eds.), “Total Tribology – Towards an integrated approach”. Published by Professional Engineering Publications. (December 2002) ISBN 1 86058 393 8.

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1979: BSC in Physics University of Liverpool, UK

1985: PhD in Physics Lancashire Polytechnic, UK


1987: I. Mech. E. Tribology Bronze Medal

1987: Thomas Stephen Tribology Group Prize


1984 to date: Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)

1985 to date: Chartered Physicist (CPhys)

1990 to date: Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Associateship of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers