The Surface Engineering group within Advanced Materials has expertise in the selection, manufacture and performance assessment of protective coatings for engineering components operating in aggressive environments and is based on developing a sound understanding of the relationships between coating characteristics (e.g. composition and microstructure) and performance.
Surface Engineering of Materials
Functionalisation of each nanomaterial using surfactants, dispersants and functional additives e.g. for end uses.
Transparent conducting films, dielectric coatings, thin film solar cells.
Nanostructured films, nanocomposite coatings.
Thermal barrier coatings, erosion resistance coatings, anti-corrosion coatings, self-lubricating and wear resistant coatings.
Hydrophobic/icephobic surface and coatings; anti-fouling coatings, oleophobic coatings.
The laser processing research carried out within the Advanced Materials Research Group is closely linked to that in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group. The research is centred on laser-coating interactions including laser sealing of thermally sprayed coatings and laser alloying. Laser treatment can also be used to modify materials by:
- laser surface melting
- laser induced recrystallization
- laser induced oxidation