Coatings and Surface Engineering (CSE)
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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. Research Associate/Fellow opportunity
    A new opportunity to work with silicon carbide coating deposited using thermal spray is available. We are looking for a Research Associate/Fellow to join our team. For more details, click the following link:
  2. Review paper on thermal sprayed functional and smart coatings
    Daniel Tejero-Martin's extensive review on the applications and developments of thermal-sprayed functional and smart coatings has been published in the Journal of Thermal Spray Technology. The work focuses on the state-of-the-art of novel coatings, current applications and future directions for novel coatings with capabilities beyond the traditional protection.
  3. UoN backs diversity in STEMM inquiry
    The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee has accepted a proposal backed by researchers at the University of Nottingham to assess the impact of science funding on equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. The parliamentary inquiry will investigate how funding policies affect the diversity in STEMM
  4. Federico Venturi publication
    Dr Federico Venturi's work on the development of a thin graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) film on stainless steel substrate using SHVOF has now been published.The low-friction and wear-protecting film reduces the coefficient of friction of a factor 10 compared to the stainless steel-only case. In this work, a radial injection approach is used, which prevents the degradation of GNPs upon spray. A Raman spectroscopy based analysis assesses the extent of structural disorder in GNPs throughout the process. This research yields promising results for a GNP-based wear protection coverage of mechanical parts over large areas.
  5. Surface Engineering Leadership Forum event
    The CME group had the opportunity to attend the launch event of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF) hosted by Lord Whitby at the House of Lords.Our group leader Tanvir Hussain proudly represented the thermal and cold spray teams here at the University of Nottingham.The attendants enjoyed a great evening with the participation of speakers such as Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, Bryan Allcock from Monitor Coatings Ltd., Robert Quarshie from KTN and Lord Popat (trade envoy to Uganda and Rwanda).
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Coatings and Surface Engineering (CSE)

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