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Dr. John Graves is a Research Fellow in the Manufacturing and Materials Engineering Faculty Research Centre. He received his first degree in Applied Chemistry from Leicester Polytechnic in 1988 and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from Southampton University in 1991. John joined Shipley Europe Ltd. (now part of Dow Electronic Materials) in 1992 where he worked as a chemist formulating products for the electronics manufacturing industry. In 1998 he became European Research Manager for metallization products. John has worked at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University on preparation and applications of nanoparticles and subsequently in the Sonochemistry Centre at Coventry University. He has published 11 papers, 10 patents, has 2 Ph.D. completions and is a longstanding Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Area of Expertise:

Electrochemistry, Metallization, Ultrasound

Research Interests

Sonochemistry ; Smart Materials; Nano Technology ; Metal Deposition ; Electrochemistry ; Particle Dispersion; Printed Electronics

Vision Statement

Nanotechnology has the ability to create many new materials and devices and it is leading to a technological revolution which benefits society both today and continuing into the foreseeable future. The world of nanotechnology brings together many scientific disciplines and it is this miniature world that inspires my research from the search for new non-precious metal catalyst systems for electronics manufacturing through to particle manipulation for delivering targeted substances.

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Research Output 1991 2018

A new procedure for the template synthesis of metal nanowires

Graves, J., Bowker, M., Summer, A., Greenwood, A., Ponce de León, C. & Walsh, F. Feb 2018 In : Electrochemistry Communications. 87, p. 58-62 5 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Metallic compounds
Electroless plating
Magnetic fields

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle


The selective metallisation of fabrics and textiles using a novel electrochemical approach

Cobley, A. J., Wills, K., Ashayer, R., Graves, J. E. & Hunt, C. 2017 National Association for Surface Finishing Manufacturing and Technology Trade Show and Conference, SUR/FIN 2017. National Association for Surface Finishing, Vol. 1, p. 463-476 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding


Activities 1997 2018

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Oral presentation

Novel Production of Renewable Hydrogen from Agricultural / Municipal Waste

Graves, J. (Speaker)
13 Mar 201814 Mar 2018

Activity: Oral presentation

A new procedure for the template synthesis of metal nanowires

Graves, J. (Speaker)
12 Sep 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

EIPC Convention

Graves, J. (Speaker)
1 Sep 1998

Activity: Participation in conference

IPC Conference

Graves, J. (Speaker)
1 Apr 1997

Activity: Participation in conference