Prof Ping Xiao


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Prof. Ping Xiao currently hold the Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Coating Technology. Since the 1st of May 2020, he has been appointed Chair of Surface Engineering Board, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK. He joined University of Manchester, Materials Science Centre as a Lecturer in 2001, then became Senior Lecturer in 2003, Reader in 2005, and Professor in 2008. Ping Xiao did his undergraduate and postgraduate study of Chemistry in Jilin University, P. R. China. He went to Oxford University to study Materials Science for DPhil since 1989, and  became a postdoctoral research fellow in Oxford since 1993. Then he joined Brunel University as a Lecturer since 1996, and became Senior Lecturer in 2000.

Ping Xiao's research area covers three topics: 1) thermal barrier and environmental barrier coatings for aeroengine applications; 2) ceramics and ceramic coatings for nuclear industry applications; 3) ceramics and coatings for electrochemical applications. The research focus is to examine degradation of ceramic coatings/layers in demanding environments, which involves characterisation of microstructure, mechanical property, and residual stresses in ceramic coatings. In addition, coating techniques are being developed to manufacture new coatings with enhanced performance for various applications. The group is currently looking for PhD students starting in Sept 2022. Please see link below for one of the PhD studentship available

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  • ceramics, coatings, aerospace materials, nanomaterials, energy materials

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