Coatings & Surfaces


The structure and chemistry of a material surface can be modified for a wide range of material properties and applications, such as catalysis, corrosion, bio-fouling (bacteria growth or marine organisms), wetting, adhesion and hardness. Coatings are an important strategy to modify material surfaces, such as thermal barrier coatings, ultra-high hardness surfaces or antimicrobial coatings for medical devices.

Research Topics

  • Bacterial contamination of surfaces and biofouling
  • Nanoporous layers for catalytic reaction
  • Non-wetting and non-adhesive surfaces 
  • Active surface topographies
  • Surface chemistry, PEO, corrosion protection 
  • Surface modification of carbon electrodes 
  • Surface structure studies using scanned probe microscopy 
  • Thermal spray coatings 

Related Faculty

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Jun Nogami

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Thomas Coyle 

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Thorpe, Steven J.

Steven Thorpe

Surface Engineering & Electrochemistry (SEE) Group

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Harry Ruda

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