The Cutting Edge Seminars

11:30 - 12:00

The Development of Sustainable Paint for Coil Coated Steel


  • Jake Kramp PhD Student, M2A Coated PhD program - University of Swansea
12:00 - 12:30

Sol-Gel Coatings for Coil-Coated Steels

The development of the sol-gel process opened the possibility of utilising ceramic coatings at low curing temperatures. However, these coatings have drawbacks such as a tendency to crack, delaminate, and limited thicknesses (nm). Through the modification of the sol-gel chemistry it is possible to produce defect-free coatings that can be scaled up to a coil-coating line.

Throughout this presentation I will be discussing the development of sol-gel coatings, with a particular focus on:

  • The effect of coating chemistry on defects and processing
  • The weathering, mechanical, and barrier performance
  • The potential financial and sustainability impact of sol-gel coating systems


14:00 - 14:30

Chemical Analysis of Surfaces and Coatings by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

14:30 - 15:00

Antibacterial and Antifungal Action of Surfaces and Coatings are Dependent on the Surrounding Environmental Conditions and Deposition Mechanics


  • Alex Cunliffe Post-Doctoral Research Associate¬† - Manchester Metropolitan University, Department of Natural Sciences¬†
11:30 - 12:00

Superhydrophobic Coatings and Coatings that Harvest Energy

16:00 - 16:30

Cellulose White Coatings for Industrial Applications Avoiding the Use of Titanium Dioxide