David Richards joined Swansea University in 2010 to study for a foundation degree in General Engineering and went on to successfully complete a degree in Chemical Engineering with first class honours, in 2015. Now studying for an Engineering Doctorate, researching “Application of Perovskite Solar Cells onto flexible steel substrate”, Dave shares his motivations and experiences of further study.Learn More
Organically coated (painted) steel is exposed to many conditions in service from the varied inclement weather conditions around the world, UV exposure and pollution. With some coated steel products now coming with a 40 year warranty it is vital to understand how these products will perform. Catherine discusses the challenges of applying our advanced testing techniques to understand the performance of these coatings after accelerated and real life exposure tests.
Coil coating of steel offers a highly efficient, corrosion resistant product that many of us experience in our day to day lives. The process involves transferring paint from a bath onto the steel strip at high speed meaning an understanding of the influence of paint properties is vital for a successful process. Sara talks us through her research into the rheology of paints and the impact has had on improving the coating process.
Despite having a 2:1 degree in chemistry Phil had failed to capitalise on his academic prowess. Phil tells us how his EngD has impacted his life and provides an insight into his new role with Akzo Nobel developing sustainable corrosion resistant coatings.Learn More
Many of us will open a food and discard it in the recycling without little consideration for the technological advancements that have gone into it. The REACH legislation has meant that many food packaging’s are being remastered and James Edy has been involved in the characterisation and influence of the form of new coatings that will impact all of us in our day to day lives.Learn More
Sean has become a leading expert in the application of novel biocides as a result of the skills he gained in his EngD. His career is now excelling after gaining employment within his sponsoring company and is not only utilising his academic skills but also the managerial prowess developed via his EngD training.Learn More
Solving the sanitation challenge in the developing world will require radically new innovations that are deployable on a large scale. Innovation is especially needed in densely populated areas, where billions of people are only capturing and storing their waste, with no sustainable way to handle it once their on-site storage, such as a septic tank or latrine pit, fills up.Learn More
Des Brennan's project, sponsored by Tata Steel Colors, investigates the ‘up-scaling of concepts from lab to market place’ and has provided him with the opportunity to apply his Physics background to an industry process to improve productivity.Learn More
Tom Lewis has been investigating the metallurgy and corrosion behaviour of a new generation of functional coatings designed to sacrificially protect steel products.Tom’s work has focussed on the application of novel techniques to assess the fundamental corrosion mechanisms at a microstructural level and rates of material degradation related to alloy content.Learn More
Research Engineer Sean James has been working alongside Hybrisan to elucidate the mechanism through which a novel polymer based biocide can be implemented to control bacterial adhesion, prevent biofilm maturation, and destabilise established biofilms.Learn More
BASF sponsored Ashley through an MRes and an EngD at Swansea University. Throughout the Masters and EngD projects he garnered a large skill set in a variety of areas from the novel synthesis of metallic nano-particles to modification of compounds to afford novel substrates for photo-degradation.Learn More
Researcher Daniel Bryant came up with a new design for solar cells that reduced manufacturing costs and production time using earth abundant materials and a novel laminate he developed.Learn More
As legislation comes in to restrict the use of harmful compounds for corrosion inhibition, research has been focusing on finding alternatives. Paddy Dodds completed his EngD looking into this issue and through the use of advanced electrochemistry, has identified alternativesLearn More