Industrial Coatings Research Team

Dr Chris Griffiths – Technology Transfer Fellow

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Chris completed his PhD in 2018 at Swansea University and is the technology transfer fellow for functional coatings, sponsored by Tata Steel Colors at SPECIFIC.

Chris works closely with TATA Steel Colors, providing laboratory assistance to EngD students and technical support for industrial problems. His main area of research is developing innovative functional coatings for building materials which can be manufactured on an industrial scale. Recently, he has begun researching sol-gel based coatings which can offer functional properties such as self-cleaning and improved corrosion resistance. Sol-gels may also have the benefit of reduced production cost and reduced CO2 footprint compared to conventional organic coatings. Chris is based at the PMRC in Baglan and has expertise on the production and characterisation of organic coatings using a wide range of analytical equipment.

Areas of Interest

  • Functional coatings 
  • Organic coatings 
  • Sol-gel coatings
  • Metallic coatings
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • UV-VIS Spectroscopy
  • FTIR
  • Corrosion
  • Electrochemical techniques
  • Accelerated corrosion

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Dr Sarah-Jane Potts – Technology Transfer Fellow

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Sarah-Jane is a scale up technology transfer fellow under the Industrial Coatings group in SPECIFIC. Her work focuses on developing large-scale screen printed mesoporous carbon perovskite solar modules in the pilot production plant, as well as working on other printed electronics projects.

Prior to becoming a researcher, Sarah-Jane completed her EngD in the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating (WCPC), Swansea University, sponsored by icmPrint Consortium through the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A). This research looked at the effect of ink viscosity and parameter settings on how inks and pastes are deposited during screen printing, along with the effects of post processing on print quality and performance. Sarah-Jane also holds a Master of Engineering (MEng), first class with honours in Product Design Engineering from Swansea University.

Areas of Interest

  • Printed electronics 
  • Screen-printing 
  • White light interferometry
  • Rheology
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Extended depth-of-field microscopy

Dr Calvin Richards – Postdoctoral Researcher

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Calvin has a doctorate and bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering both attained at Swansea University. His research background was focused on the development of novel corrosion inhibitors for use in the steel industry.

After completing his doctorate, Calvin left academia to pursue research and development roles in industry where he gained diverse experience from working on numerous projects. Since returning to academia, Calvin’s main research activities concern the use of advanced electrochemical scanning techniques to evaluate methods of corrosion protection used on metal systems and to elucidate localised corrosion mechanisms. Calvin also has an active interest in functional coatings where he has ongoing research on topics such as carbon dioxide and oxygen sensors, antiviral coatings and adhesion promoters.

Awards: Rosebowl Prize for the Best Doctorate in the Materials Research Centre College of Engineering 2018-2019

Areas of Interest

  • Electrochemistry
  • Corrosion science
  • Corrosion inhibition
  • Functional coatings
  • Scanning vibrating electrode techniques
  • SVET
  • SKP
  • Rotating disc electrode
  • Metallurgy

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