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Prof. Andrew Cobley is a Professor of Electrochemical Deposition at Coventry University and leads the Functional Materials Research Group. Prof. Cobley obtained his first degree from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 and then worked for over 20 years in commercial research and development at ITRI, BAe Systems, Shipley Ltd and Rohm and Haas. During this time he developed and patented a number of metallization and pre-treatment processes and installed PCB and MID manufacturing systems at some of the largest electronics companies in Europe. In 2002 he obtained his PhD in Electrochemistry from Loughborough University before joining Coventry University in 2006. Prof. Cobley has led several EU, Innovate UK, British Council and EPSRC funded proposals. Most recently, he is Principal Investigator and overall lead for the €6 million, H2020, MATUROLIFE project which involves 20 partners from 9 EU countries.

Prof. Cobley has published numerous papers and has presented at over 50 international conferences. He is Chairman and Fellow of the Institute of Circuit Technology, a Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.



Research Interests

Applied Electrochemistry; Selective metallisation of textiles and other non-conductive materials :Sonochemistry/ultrasound; Electroplating of Composites; Electroelss plating: Functionalisation of surfaces; Metallization of nanoparticles; PCB Manufacturing; Surface Engineering; Sonochemical Surface Modification of Materials; Metallisation Processes for Electronic Manufacturing; Metallisation and Functionalization of Nano and Micro-particles; The use of Ultrasound in Electrochemical Metallisation processes;

Vision Statement


My vision as lead of the Functional Materials Research Group has been to create an enthusiastic and dynamic team of talented scientists carrying out World leading research, becoming recognised ‘thought leaders’ in applied electrochemistry and materials science, who produce rigorous research of the highest standard. The group’s research objective is to create novel, innovative and enabling technologies to add functionality and value to a material, thereby addressing current and future industry needs. Agile and responsive, we achieve this aim by developing disruptive technologies that are sustainable and have low environmental impact whilst being scalable and industrially relevant.


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Research Output

Functionalised Copper Nanoparticle Catalysts for Electroless Copper Plating on Textiles

Taghavi Pourian Azar, G., Fox, D., Fedutik, Y., Krishnan, L. & Cobley, A., 25 Aug 2020, In : Surface and Coatings Technology. 396, 9 p., 125971.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • MATUROLIFE: Using Advanced Material Science to Develop the Future of Assistive Technology

    Moody, L. & Cobley, A., 2020, Design of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations: Intelligent Systems Reference Library. Woodcock, A., Moody, L., McDonagh, D., Jain, A. & Jain, L. (eds.). Switzerland, Vol. 167. p. 189-202 14 p. (Intelligent Systems Reference Library; vol. 167).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Efficacy of Polymer Coatings for the Protection of Electroless Copper Plated Polyester Fabric

    Ojstršek, A., Virant, N., Fox, D., Krishnan, L. & Cobley, A., 3 Jun 2020, In : Polymers. 12, 6, 14 p., 1277.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    A route to a more sustainable nickel composite electrodeposit, using turmeric and a new low nickel ion concentration electrolyte

    Merrill, R. J., Wu, L., Graves, J., Beddow, J., Fuentes, E. & Cobley, A., 25 Dec 2019, In : Surface and Coatings Technology. 380, 125024.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Activities

    H2020 Funded MATUROLIFE

    Andrew Cobley (Consultant), Louise Moody (Consultant), Paul Magee (Consultant), Tiziana C. Callari (Consultant), Danying Yang (Consultant), Daryl Fox (Consultant)
    Jan 2018Dec 2020

    Activity: Consultancy

    Effect of pulse plating techniques in electrodeposited Sn-Cu Coatings for Pb-free, environmentally-friendly applications

    Liang Wu (Speaker), Andrew Cobley (Speaker)
    11 Sep 201712 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Surface Finishing 2017

    Andrew Cobley (Speaker)
    19 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    EAST Forum 2016 / 7th European Pulse Plating Seminar

    Andrew Cobley (Speaker)
    3 Mar 20164 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Electrochem 2015

    Andrew Cobley (Keynote Speaker)
    13 Sep 201515 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Development of innovative composite coatings containing sustainably sourced particles for industrial applications

    Author: Merrill, R. J., Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Cobley, A. (Supervisor), Graves, J. (Supervisor) & Beddow, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Novel ultrasound-assisted electrodeposited Ni-based coatings for bearing applications

    Author: Tudela-Montes, I., May 2015

    Supervisor: Cobley, A. (Supervisor), Graves, J. (Supervisor) & Paniwnyk, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Selective electroless copper deposition by applying a gradient magnetic field

    Author: Danilova, S., Apr 2020

    Supervisor: Graves, J. (Supervisor), Pedcenko, A. (Supervisor) & Cobley, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy