Georges Limbert, UK


Georges Limbert is Associate Professor of Biophysical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Prof. Limbert’s expertise covers the theoretical and computational aspects of tissue biophysics. These include non-linear continuum/computational mechanics, surface physics/tribology, constitutive modelling, mechanobiology of soft tissues in health, disease, trauma and ageing. As a private consultant, and in the context of collaborative academic research, A/Prof. Limbert has been working with Fortune 500/FTSE 100 and SME companies operating in the medical device, consumer goods, cosmetics, pharmaceutics, law and software sectors. Some of the mathematical and computational models of biological tissues (e.g. skin) he developed are used in industry, academia and the US Army. His research is supported by world-leading organisations including Procter&Gamble, L’Oréal Research, Roche, US Air Force, Dassault Systèmes, Rolls Royce besides public funding bodies and charities.
Prof. Limbert’s central research goal is to unravel the biophysical interplay of material and microstructural properties of the skin, particularly as they evolve over the life course, and ultimately, exploit this knowledge to optimise products interacting with the skin. This research is underpinned by the development of advanced modelling methods combined with imaging and experimental techniques. It covers a wide range of applications including the physics of skin friction, interactions of skin with consumer goods (e.g. shaving), ageing, wrinkles, needle penetration, stratum corneum damage and fracture and thermal transfer in skin.
Prof. Limbert 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, UK. He is on the board of the Biomedical Engineering Division of the IMechE and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Engineering in Medicine (IMechE Part H).

Selected publications:
1. Limbert, G. (2018) Investigating the influence of relative humidity on expression microwrinkles. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 7(4):204-207.
2. Graham, H. K., McConnell, J. C., Limbert, G., Sherratt, M. J. (2018) How stiff is skin? Experimental Dermatology, accepted.
3. Pond, D., McBride, A., Davids, L., Reddy, B.D., Limbert, G. (2018) Microstructurally-based constitutive modelling of the skin-Linking intrinsic ageing to microstructural parameters. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 444:108-123.
4. Limbert, G., Kuhl, E. (2018) On skin microrelief and the emergence of expression micro-wrinkles. Soft Matter, 14(8):1292-1300. 
5. Leyva-Mendivil, M.F., Lengiewicz, J., Limbert, G. (2017) Skin friction under pressure: the role of micromechanics. Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, 6:014001.
6. Limbert, G., 2017. Mathematical and computational modelling of skin biophysics-A review. Proceedings of the Royal Society Part A, 473:1-39. (+20 pages of supplementary material) 
7. Leyva-Mendivil, M.F., Lengiewicz, J., Page, A., Bressloff, N.W., Limbert, G., 2017. Implications of multi-asperity contact for shear stress distribution in the viable epidermis – An image-based finite element study. Biotribology, 11:110-123.
8. Leyva-Mendivil, M.F., Lengiewicz, J., Page, A., Bressloff, N.W., Limbert, G., 2017. Skin microstructure is a key contributor to its friction behaviour. Tribology Letters 65, 12.
9. McBride, A., Bargmann, S., Pond, D., Limbert, G. (2016). Thermoelastic modelling of the skin at finite deformations. Journal of Thermal Biology, 62:201-209.
10. Leyva-Mendivil, M. F., Page, A., Bressloff N. W. and Limbert, G. (2015) A mechanistic insight into the mechanical role of the stratum corneum during stretching and compression of the skin. Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials, 49:197-219.