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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 2018

Mechanism for the development of Sn-Cu alloy coatings produced by pulsed current electrodeposition

Wu, L., Graves, J. & Cobley, A. 31 Jan 2018 In : Materials Letters. 217, p. 120-127 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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. 19 Jun 2017 In : The Journal of the Textile Institute. (in press), p. (in press) 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Afferent Loop Syndrome
4 Citations

Electroless deposition of nickel-boron coatings using low frequency ultrasonic agitation: Effect of ultrasonic frequency on the coatings.

Bonin, L., Bains, N. & Cobley, A. 30 Jan 2017 In : Ultrasonics. 77, May 2017, p. 61-68 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ultrasonic agitation

Evaluation of the possibility of using diatomite natural mineral as a composite agent in acrylic coating

Farzaneh, A., Erol, M., Mermer, O., Cobley, A. J. & Asl, S. K. 9 Oct 2017 In : Protection of Metals and Physical Chemistry of Surfaces. (in press), p. (in press) 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Earth (planet)
Inborn Errors Amino Acid Metabolism

Modeling of surfactants and chemistry for electroless Ni-P plating

Farzaneh, A., Ehteshamzadeh, M. & Cobley, A. J. 17 Jan 2017 In : Surface Engineering. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cationic surfactants
Nonionic surfactants

Activities 1999 2017

  • 42 Participation in conference
  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Surface Finishing 2017

Cobley, A. (Speaker)
19 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

EAST Forum 2016 / 7th European Pulse Plating Seminar

Cobley, A. (Speaker)
3 Mar 20164 Mar 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Electrochem 2015

Cobley, A. (Keynote Speaker)
13 Sep 201515 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

ICT Annual Symposium

Cobley, A. (Speaker)
4 Jun 20145 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference


Cobley, A. (Speaker)
7 May 20149 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference