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Dr Christian Matthews

Dr Christian Matthews

Telephone: 0151 231 2235



Christian Matthews is currently acting Head of the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to this, he was Subject Head in Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, responsible for coordinating Maritime and Marine Engineering programmes.

He is a member of LOOM (Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute), a Chartered member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to working at LJMU, Christian worked at add2 ltd where he was a senior systems engineer specialising in Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) technologies and applications. During this time he acted as a company representative in a joint TSB funded research project between add2, The University of Warwick, QinetiQ and Jaguar Land Rover entitled 'Evolutionary Validation of Complex Systems' (EVoCS).

Christian received his MEng degree in Mechanical Systems & Design Engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2003. He subsequently joined the Powertrain Control Group as a postgraduate research student where his research interests were modelling, system identification and robust control methodologies applied to powertrain systems and transient powertrain testing systems. He received his PhD from the University of Liverpool in December 2007 for his thesis entitled 'Identification and Robust Control of Automotive Dynamometers'.


2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert
2007, University of Liverpool, Uk, PhD
2003, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MEng

Academic appointments

Head of Department (Interim), Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Subject Head, Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Principal Lecturer in Engineering and Technology, Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - 2018
Lecturer in Engineering Design, School of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2009 - 2013


Journal article

Pointon H, McLoughlin B, Matthews C, Bezombes F. 2019. Towards a Model Based Sensor Measurement Variance Input for Extended Kalman Filter State Estimation Drones, 3 :19-19 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cummings AD, rothwell G, matthews C. 2018. How well does a linear static finite element analysis predict measured strains from a nuclear package tie down system during rail transportation Proceedings - Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 232 :222-237 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Feng J, Matthews C, Zheng S, Yu F, Gao D. 2015. Hierarchical Control Strategy for Active Hydropneumatic Suspension Vehicles Based on Genetic Algorithms ADVANCES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, 7 DOI Author Url Public Url

Allanson DR, Rachmanto T, Matthews C, Jenkinson I. 2013. Measuring mass transfer on Biodiesel processes by means of Impedance measurement Applied Mechanics and Materials, 391 :467-472 DOI

Cummings AD, Krywonos J, Purcell P, Rothwell G, Matthews C. 2013. Filtering and analysis of accelerations and strains measured on a tie down system of a heavy nuclear transport package during a routine rail journey Packaging, Transport, Storage and Security of Radioactive Material, 24 :23-35 DOI

Zhong QC, Matthews C, Nguyen PL, Clarke S. 2010. Low-cost rapid control prototyping paradigm IET Seminar Digest, 2010 :1269-1273 DOI

Matthews C, Dickinson PB, Shenton AT. 2009. Chassis Dynamometer Torque Control: A Robust Control Methodology SAE International Journal on Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, 2 :263-270 DOI Publisher Url

Rachmanto T, Allanson D, Matthews C, Jenkinson I. Monitoring of Biodiesel Transesterification Process Using Impedance Measurement Gupta K. International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing, 2 :265-271 DOI Public Url

Rachmanto T, Allanson D, Matthews C, Jenkinson I. Step Response Identification for a Batch Reaction Vegetable Oil Transesterification Advanced Materials Research, 974 :557-361 DOI

Internet publication

Matthews C. 2017. Unmanned ‘ghost’ ships are coming Author Url Publisher Url

Conference publication

Ab Rahim AA, Matthews C, Abdullah NE. 2017. Experimental Design for Backlash Detection in a Two-Mass Rotational System 2017 IEEE 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS (I2CACIS), 2nd IEEE International Conference on Automatic Control and Intelligent Systems (I2CACIS) :110-115 DOI Author Url

Matthews C, Dickinson PB, Shenton AT. Chassis Dynamometer Torque Control System Design by Direct Inverse Compensation 6th Biennial UKACC International Control Conference (ICC'06) Publisher Url Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 2013

Teaching qualification:

PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2011