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Dr Andrew Cobley is a Reader in Sonochemistry and Materials at Coventry University and Director of the Functional Materials Research Group. Dr 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. Between 2010-2013 Dr Cobley’s extensive knowledge of Electronic manufacturing was a key reason for him to be invited as an expert panel member for the European Commission reviewing the FP7 HERMES project.

Dr Cobley has published numerous papers and has presented at over 20 international conferences. He is Vice Chairman and Fellow of the Institute of Circuit Technology, a Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Treasurer of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sonochemistry Group, and a member of the editorial board for Circuit World. He sits on the publication committee at the Institute of Materials Finishing and he is Vice Chairman of the Science Committee.

Research Interests

Applied Electrochemistry; Sonochemistry/ultrasound; Electroplating of Composites; Functionalisation of surfaces; Metallization of nanoparticles; PCB Manufacturing Surface Engineering; Sonochemical Surface Modification of Materials; Metallisation Processes for Electronic Manufacturing; Development of electroless and electroplating processes; Metallisation and Functionalization of Nano and Micro-particles; The use of Ultrasound in Electrochemical Metallisation processes; Wearable Technology Area of Expertise: Pre-treatment and Electrochemical metallisation of non-conductive materials

Vision Statement

My vision as Director 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 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 2001 2019

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

Nickel deposits
ion concentration
Current density
current density
aerospace industry
14 Downloads (Pure)

Tribological performance of novel Nickel-based composite coatings with lubricant particles

Tudela, I., Cobley, A. & Yi, Z., Apr 2019, In : Friction. 7, 2, p. 169–180 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Composite coatings
7 Downloads (Pure)

Water affinity guided tunable superhydrophobicity and optimized wettability of selected natural minerals

Alptekin, H., Arkan, E., Özbek, C., Can, M., Farzaneh, A., Sütçü, M., Okur, S. & Cobley, A. J., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Coatings Technology Research. 16, 1, p. 199–211 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
55 Downloads (Pure)

Additive process for patterned metallized conductive tracks on cotton with applications in smart textiles

Wills, K. A., Krzyzak, K., Bush, J., Ashayer-Soltani, R., Graves, J. E., Hunt, C. & Cobley, A. J., 2018, In : The Journal of the Textile Institute. 109, 2, p. 268-277 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 1999 2018


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