Coatings and Surface Engineering (CSE)


The Coatings and Surface Engineering research team at the University of Nottingham is carrying out fundamental and applied research into various sprayed coating technologies to enable the next-generation of sustainable materials for reduced CO2 emission and healthcare technologies including:

  • Hot Corrosion resistant coatings for Biomass based power generation and gas turbines 
  • Wear resistant coatings for Nuclear power generation, Aerospace and Industrial gas turbines.
  • Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) and Environmental Barrier Coatings (EBCs) for Aero gas turbines
  • Dielectric coatings for electrification of aerospace industry 
  • Functional coatings for Dye sensitised solar cells and Solid oxide fuel cells 
  • Thermoelectric and phase change materials for energy harvesting, inclduing Metamaterails
  • Biomedical and bioactive coatings for bone integration
  • Additive Manufacturing and Repair of Ni-superalloys, precipitation hardenable alloys (Al) using Cold Gas Dynamic Spray 

Al6061 EBSD

EBSD of cold sprayed Al6000 series deposit sprayed at 29 bar gas pressure  

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Research themes

The Coatings and Surface Engineering research team is multi-disciplinary in nature and cuts across several research themes in physics, chemistry, advanced materials and manufacturing engineeirng. We work closely with Advanced Materials global research theme (GRT) and Renewable Energy GRT.

Our research can be broadly classified into distinctive themes:

We work across all Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) to deliver bespoke solutions for advanced manufacturing tasks.


Suspension HVOF spraying

Suspension high velocity oxy-fuel spraying of 200 nm alumina in water suspension. UTP Topgun is producing coatings for extreme wear.



  1. Solution Precursor Thermal Spray of Gadolinium Zirconate For TBC
    Leng's work on the comparison between the single and multilayer TBCs sprayed using solution precursor and suspension thermal spray (SSP-HVOF), is now published Open Access and free for everyone to read, in the Jouranl of the European Ceramic Society.
  2. PhD Studentship
    Coatings and Surface Engineering team is recruiting.
  3. September 2021 - American Ceramic Society bulletin
    Kah Lok Leng volunteered to write on the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Bulletin in September 2021 issue is now published.
  4. Porosity Evolution On Suspension Thermal Sprayed TBCs
    Daniel Tejero's work on the evolution of porosity on TBCs sprayed using suspension thermal spray (SHVOF), is now published Open Access and free for everyone to read, in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society.
  5. Solution precursor HVOF publication
    Research on solution precursor HVOF has been published on Ceramic International. The publications shows the mechanisms behind deposition on solution precursor thermal spray, along with the effects that flame power has on microstructure and the phase content
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Coatings and Surface Engineering (CSE)

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The University of Nottingham
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