Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/R02524X/1
Title Advanced Coatings Platform to Drive New High Value Engineering Processes and Products
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 2%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 2%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 2%;
Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Other nuclear fission) 2%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Stationary applications) 2%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 2%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 2%;
Not Energy Related 86%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr L Yang

Mechanical Engineering
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2018
End Date 31 January 2022
Duration 45 months
Total Grant Value £1,101,733
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Manufacturing
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing, NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr L Yang , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Dr A Morina , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor R M D (Rik ) Brydson , Institute of Materials Research, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor L Roberts , Sch of Molecular & Cellular Biolog, University of Leeds (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cummins Turbo Technologies (0.000%)
Project Contact , Croda International Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Henry Royce Institute (0.000%)
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Abstract The UK engineering coatings industry is worth over 11bn and affects products worth 140bn. The vision of this project is to create internationally unique multi-purpose PVD/PECVD coatings system which will enable innovation in advanced science of future hybrid coatings. This new facility would be built on the existing Leeds coating platform capability and would create system with no similar functionality available internationally.Using existing Leeds coating platform we can already deposit carbides, nitrides and diamond-like carbide (DLC) coatings, and we are exploiting this mainly for tribological applications with automotive, energy and lubricant companies. With this investment, we will be able to additionally process novel nanocomposite coatings, next generation of DLC coatings (with incorporated nanoparticles), advanced optical coatings and sensor coatings, carry out functionalisation of powders, barrier layers, coatings on polymers and coatings on complex shapes.This proposal aligns with a major new initiative at the University of Leeds to create an integrated gateway to Physical Sciences and Engineering by investing in the collaborative Bragg Centre that will house new state-of-the-art research facilities for the integrated development, characterisation and exploitation of novel advanced functional materials. This proposal also coincides with Leeds University investment in the Nexus Centre - a hub for the local innovation community as well as national and international organisations looking to innovate and engage in world-leading research. The upgraded coating platform would play a strategic role in the UK Surface Engineering landscape and complement existing national facilities. It would form a part of the new Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, of which Leeds is a partner. The configuration of the new instrument is designed to be versatile and serve a wide range of internal and external users with widely different classes of advanced matials.A number of specific activities have been planned to ensure that potential beneficiaries have the opportunity to engage with new coating facility. The economic competitiveness of the UK's manufacturing industry will benefit from new, commercially exploitable IP in novel cutting-edge Surface Engineering technology. Members of an academic community and industry will be able to benefit directly from the proposed research and generated new knowledge. They will gain new skills and know-how related to the latest advancements of PVD technologies. Improved adoption of Surface Engineering will result in wider UK PLC economic and societal impacts associated with development of functional surfaces for automotive, aerospace, biomedical, healthcare, defence, agriculture, oil & gas and packaging industries.
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