Sustainable Coatings by Rational Design (SusCoRD): Interfacial effects on mobility and transport in thin films of filled and unfilled epoxy resins

Derick Liew

My PhD project aims to elucidate the underlying science underpinning the performance in service of industrial anti-corrosion coatings. This involves structural studies using thin film techniques such as ellipsometry and grazing incidence x-ray scattering of model films made with epoxy resins containing particles such as pigment particles. Studies of free volume will be undertaken using positron annihilation spectroscopy. Studies of the rate of ingress of water and metal ions will be carried out using quartz crystal microbalance and IR microprobe techniques. The results will be interpreted in the light of theory and simulation.

Derick is the Scholar Representative of Cohort 6.



Professor Richard Jones FRS

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr Andrew Parnell

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Neal Williams