The Coatings and Surface Engineering (CSE) research group at the University of Nottingham is the largest thermal and cold spray research group in the UK. We host the UK's Centre of Excellence in Advanced Ceramic Coatings. The centre currently hosts a 5 Year EPSRC Fellowship on Ceramic Coatings (2021-26). Find out more about the EPSRC Fellowship here.
How our work is transforming the Aerospace industry can be found here.
We carry out fundamental and applied research into various coatings and surface engineering technologies, including Suspension Plasma Spray, Solution Precursor Plasma Spray, High Velocity Oxy-Fuel Spray, High and Low Pressure Cold Spray, Aerosol Deposition, Spray based additive manufacturing, Chemical Vapour Deposition and Physical Vapour Deposition. Processing-microstructure-properties relationships of metallic, ceramic and cermet coatings are at the core of our research. Our research is aimed at achieving Netzero, materials circularity and sustainable materials processing for a better world.
Our research broadly addresses the following sectors:
- Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) and Environmental Barrier Coatings (EBCs) for next generation of Aerospace Propulsion
- Dielectric coatings for electrification of aerospace propulsion
- Functional materials, such as thermoelectric and Metamaterials
- Biomedical and bioactive coatings for bone integration
- High temperature deposit induced corrosion of coatings and alloys in extreme operating environment, including state of the art CMAS and steam recession facilities
- Tribology and wear of coatings from room to 1000 C in sliding wear
- Additive Manufacturing and Repair of Ni-superalloys, precipitation hardenable alloys (Al) using Cold Gas Dynamic Spray
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 engineering. We work closely with Advanced Materials Research Group.
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.
- PhD Studentship
- Coatings and Surface Engineering team is recruiting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BRR095/research-associate-fellow-in-thermal-spraying-of-silicon-carbide-coatings-fixed-term-eng122419
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