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Mingwen Bai


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    Research Interests

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

    (1) thermal barrier coatings on Ni-based superalloys gas turbines (EPSRC, EP/H00128X/1)
    (2) corrosion resistant coatings on Steels in superheated steam boilers (EPSRC, EP/M01536X/1)
    (3) wear resistant Titanium Matrix Composites (TMCs) for aerospace application (EPSRC, EP/R001766/1)

    My work is validated by innovative electron microscopy approaches (SEM, FIB, and TEM) and X-ray facilities (XRD and XPS) allowing detailed understanding of the relationship between microstructure, phase, composition and performance.


    Assistant Professor (Current, from 2020) Inst. for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry UniversityWorking in Materials, Mechanics and Measurement Research Group with Prof. Nigel Jennett on materials for advanced manufacturing   

    Research Associate (2018 – 2020) NanoLAB Research Centre, University of SheffieldWorked with Prof. B J Inkson and Prof. A Neville on a £5.6m EPSRC project (EP/R001766/1), “Friction: The Tribology Enigma”, Challenge 4, on in-situ nano-mechanical and tribological testing in FIB SEM.   

    Research Fellow (2016 – 2018) Advanced Materials Group, University of NottinghamWorked with Dr. T Hussain and Prof. H Liu on a £1m EPSRC project ((EP/M01536X/1), “Ultra-Supercritical steam power generation technology with Circulating Fluidized Bed: Combustion, Materials and Modelling”, WP 2.), on developing HVOF thermal spray coatings   

    Research Assistant (2011 – 2016) Materials Performance Centre, University of ManchesterWorked with Prof. Ping Xiao and Rolls-Royce on thermal barrier coatings in aeroengines with a focus on coatings’ failure mechanism using advanced electron microscopes (FIB SEM and TEM) and development of low-cost Platinum bond coat and YSZ ceramic top coat using electrochemical methods.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Materials Science and Engineering, Doctorate, University of Manchester


    Award Date: 11 Nov 2015

    Materials Science and Engineering, Degree, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


    Award Date: 27 Jun 2011


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