Research themes

Advanced materials science covers a huge spectrum of activity. Our research focusses on the following themes.

Corrosion and Degradation

Degradation processes, such as localised corrosion, corrosion scales, microbiologically influenced corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement and high temperature hydrogen attack, have very significant societal, economic and safety implications for industry worldwide.

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Fouling and Deposition

Understanding the processes and molecular interactions that underpin many of the fouling and deposition problems faced by the energy industry which result from asphaltene deposition, coking and scaling.

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Improving the efficiency of separation processes, or being able to eliminate steps through improved separations earlier in the process, would have a huge impact on economic performance for the energy industry.

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Wear and Lubricants

Surface and molecular interactions underpin the wear, erosive and lubrication processes in the energy industry.

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Materials Systems

Improving our fundamental understanding of the properties inherent in materials, such as toughness and ductility, and looking at the implications of any modifications, such as surface engineering, coatings and joining, on the performance of a material when operating in different environments.

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Underpinning Tools

This research is allowing many of the fundamental processes governing fluid flow through media, surface interactions and corrosion, to be easily visualised and understood in ways never possible before.

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