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    Research Interests

    Surface engineering for protection of metals against extreme environmental degradation (e.g. oxidation, corrosion and wear) including:

    (1) thermal barrier coatings on Ni-based superalloys gas turbines
    (2) corrosion resistant coatings on Steels in superheated steam boilers
    (3) wear resistant Titanium Alloys and Titanium Matrix Composites

    My work is validated by innovative electron microscopy approaches (SEM, FIB, and TEM) and thermodynamic calculation allowing detailed understanding of the relationship between microstructure, phase, composition and performance.


    Assistant Professor (Current, from 2020) Coventry University

    Currently teaching the following modules:

    6013CEM - Solid State Physics (20 Credits, 50% contribution)

    4026MAA - Manufacturing Technology and Materials (20 Credits, 20% contribution)

    Research Associate (2018 – 2020) University of Sheffield

    Worked with Prof. B J Inkson on a £5.6m EPSRC project (EP/R001766/1, Challenge 4) on in-situ nano-mechanical and tribological testing in FIB SEM.   

    Research Fellow (2016 – 2018) University of Nottingham

    Worked with Dr. T Hussain on a £1m EPSRC project (EP/M01536X/1, WP 3) on developing HVOF thermal spray metallic and ceramic coatings.   

    Research Assistant (2011 – 2016) University of Manchester

    Worked with Prof. Ping Xiao and Rolls-Royce on failure mechanism of thermal barrier coatings using advanced electron microscopes (FIB-SEM and TEM).

    PhD Project

    Computer Aided Design of Sustainable Aluminium Alloys for Future Lightweight and Low-emission Transport (2023-, available to apply)

    Design and Characterisation of High Temperature Bond Coat (2022-)

    In-situ mechanical testing of materials in scanning electron microscopy (2021-)

    Optimization of piezoelectric energy harvesting under allowable strain for a flexible structure (2021-)


    Local detection of hydrogen in steels generated from exposure to sour environments using neutron diffraction imaging (2022-)

    New nano-indentation test methods for safer nuclear structural health (2021-)

    Development of advanced crack modelling techniques for fracture mechanics assessments (2021-)

    Plasticity fundamentals: using nano-indentation to 'fingerprint' point defects in metals (2021-)

    Plasticity length-scale effects fundamentals: dislocation generation and mobility as a function of applied stress distribution and stacking fault energy (2021-)

    Implementing Building Information Modelling For Existing Building Into Facilities Management With The Uk Construction Industry (2021-)

    Thermal conductivity of lightweight concrete made from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) beads and fly ash as a filler (2020-)

    Vision Statement

    To develop enabling technology for next generation low emission, high efficiency and light-weight propulsion, and extreme environment material systems via long-term close collaboration with both industrial partners and world-class academic institutions to help protect UK’s leading role in aerospace technology.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Academic Practice in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

    Award Date: 16 Nov 2022

    Materials, Doctorate, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 11 Nov 2015

    Material Science and Engineering, Degree, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Award Date: 27 Jun 2011

    External positions

    Committee Member, Coventry & Warwickshire Materials Society (CWMS)

    Member, EPSRC Peer Review College

    Guest Editor, Frontier in Mechanical Engineering

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Guest Editor, Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

    Guest Editor, MDPI-Coatings

    Editorial Board Member, MDPI-Coatings

    Early Career Advisory Board Member, Surface and Coatings Technology

    Member, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

    Chartered Engineer (CEng), The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

    Member, UKRI ECR Forum


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