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Dr Xianghui Hou's projects

Dr Xianghui Hou is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham. Xianghui has extensive experience in:

  • research and development of films
  • coatings
  • nano-composites
  • nano-structured materials

For various applications in:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • energy
  • nanotechnology

Room A37, Coates Building, University Park

+44 (0) 115 9513920


Research in surface engineering

Key processing techniques:

  • aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AA-CVD)
  • aerosol-assisted deposition
  • atmospheric plasma spray (APS)
  • electrodepositon and electroless deposition
  • atomic layer deposition
  • sol-gel method and wet chemical routes


Xianghui deals within:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • energy
  • nanotechnology

Examples of application areas are:

  • hydrophobic, anti-icing surface and films
  • thermal barrier coatings, erosion resistance, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and self-lubricating coatings
  • transparent conducting thin films, and thin film solar cells
  • bioactive films/coatings
  • coatings on fibres and high temperature composites

Research areas

  • processing and characterization of films and coatings
  • surface engineering and nanotechnology
  • aerospace and automotive materials
  • polymer and carbon matrix composites


Xianghui works in close collaboration with a great number of research institutes and industrial partners in the UK, EU and China.


  • development of passive durable icephobic coating for aerospace application
  • lubrication coating for highly efficient and reliable electric actuation
  • high temperature material synthesis, characterisation and modelling

Advanced Materials Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD