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Professor James Sullivan

Co-Director of Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A), Swansea University

My research is focused on the links between microstructure and the corrosion behaviour of materials with a particular interest in zinc alloys for galvanic protection.

I have developed a novel time lapse imaging technique that can visualise corrosion mechanisms and preferential phase attack of microstructures in-situ under electrolyte films. The work was presented at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on aqueous corrosion in 2012 and is published in Corrosion Science.

I am a co-director of the Materials Academy at Swansea University that provides flexible and accessible training to standard entry students and industrial employees from work based learning through to doctorate level and this has been achieved with a grant income of £15million over the past four years.

The Materials Academy provides training and research to a large base of industry partners including Tata Steel, BASF, European Space Agency, The Royal Mint, NSG Pilkington and many others.

The Materials Academy hosts the COATED2 EPSRC Centre for doctoral training in industrial functional coatings that will train 40 new doctorate researchers from 2015. This is a prestigious scheme and is one of only two CDTs hosted in Wales.

Current Grants

COATED2 – EPSRC Centre for doctoral training in industrial functional coatings (£6.3 million)
COATED – EPSRC/ESF Centre for doctoral training (£3.5 million)
METaL – ESF work based learning (£1.4 million)
SPECIFIC Innovation and knowledge centre EPSRC/TSB – Co-investigator (£10million)
STRIP - ESF Director (£6.6 million)
Materials Live! – Co-Investigator. STEM outreach grant (£140,000)


  • Institute of Materials entrance scholarship to University of Wales, Swansea
  • Armours and Brasiers entrance scholarship to University of Wales, Swansea
  • Institute of Materials prize 1999 for best student over 3 years
  • South Wales Institute of Engineering educational award for best engineering student 1998/1999 at University of Wales, Swansea
  • Swansea and District Metallurgical Society Prize for Best student 1997/1998
  • Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers Book Prize 1999
  • Hugh O’Neill prize in metallurgy for best final year project 1999
  • Winner of Poster competition at ICorr Corrosion Science Symposium 2001 
  • Best poster prize from ICorr at the 2002 Corrosion Science Symposium
  • LL Shrier award from the ICorr at the 2005 Corrosion Science Symposium for the best paper

Contact James

Email: J.H.Sullivan@swansea.ac.uk

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