The Surface and Interface Physics of Functional Nano-composites

Francis Gurman

The project

Globally, corrosion has an exceptional cost. This is not just a monetary cost either. Increased fuel consumption in corroded vehicles and leaks due to corroded equipment result in great environmental damage. Accidents and deaths arise due to damage from corrosion, creating a human cost as well.

In my PhD I shall be looking into how different epoxy resins. These polymers are used as protective coatings on ships and in other industries to prevent corrosion. Unfortunately they eventually fail at providing protection from corrosion. I shall be specifically looking at the mechanisms by which water is absorbed and is stored in the resins and how the resin surfaces degrade under different conditions.

Techniques used in this PhD will include atomic force microscopy (AFM) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS).


Dr Andrew Parnell

Department of Physics and Astronomy