Development of Self-repairing metallic coatings

   Faculty of Engineering and Informatics

About the Project

This project aims to develop a novel metallic materials endowed with multimodal adaptive damage repairing capabilities that can be rapidly printed/deposited. The fundamental research will explore modelling kinetics, functionality, formability, deposition, and surface morphology coupled with innovative materials design and characterisation techniques to understand better how metals self-repair at the nanoscale.

The insights provided will enable us to harness and enhance the inherent ability of metallic components to overcome limitations such as low wear resistance and poor corrosion resistance by repairing the damage and restoring the component's function to acceptable levels. The research programme will explore the development of sustainable self-healing materials for use in self-repairing tools, which are expected to play a critical role in the evolution of adaptable manufacturing systems industries like automotive, life science and transportation sectors. 

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have a suitable source of third-party funding. A bench fee may also apply to this project, in addition to the tuition fees. UK students may be able to apply for a Doctoral Loan from Student Finance for financial support.


Alaneme, K.K.; Omosule, O.I. Experimental Studies of Self-Healing Behaviour of Under-Aged Al-Mg-Si Alloys and 60Sn-40Pb Alloy Reinforced Aluminium Metal-Metal Composites. J. Miner. Mater. Charact. Eng. 2015, doi:10.4236/jmmce.2015.31001.
Zheludkevich, M.L.; Shchukin, D.G.; Yasakau, K.A.; Möhwald, H.; Ferreira, M.G.S. Anticorrosion coatings with self-healing effect based on nanocontainers impregnated with corrosion inhibitor. Chem. Mater. 2007, doi:10.1021/cm062066k.
Alaneme, K.K.; Bodunrin, M.O. Self-healing using metallic material systems – A review. Appl. Mater. Today 2017.

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