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

Nogami, Jun

Jun Nogami

Nanostructured Growth & Characterization Laboratory

Hatton, Benjamin D.

Ben Hatton

Functional and Adaptive Surfaces

Coyle, Thomas W.

Thomas Coyle 

Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies

Prof. Harry Ruda

Harry Ruda

Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology

Keryn 2

Keryn Lian

Flexible Energy & Electronics (FEE) Laboratory

Thorpe, Steven J.

Steven Thorpe

Surface Engineering & Electrochemistry (SEE) Group