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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

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

    Design and Characterisation of High Entropy Alloy Films and Coatings (2021-)

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

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

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


    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

    Materials Science and Engineering, Degree, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Materials Science and Engineering, Doctorate, University of Manchester

    External positions

    Committee Member, Coventry & Warwickshire Materials Society (CWMS)

    Associate Member, EPSRC Peer Review College

    Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Guest Editor, Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

    Guest Editor, MDPI-Coatings

    Member, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

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


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