Faculty Research Seminars

Launched in November 2016, our seminars are a great way to bring our research community together. You can mingle with students and staff, learning more about the expertise across the Faculty. Providing an excellent opportunity to share good practice and ideas, they aim to facilitate future research collaboration and projects.

Hosted by the Faculty Research Centres, PhD students and early career researchers, sessions are typically 90 minutes in length and feature three speakers with an opportunity for Doctoral researchers to get involved, so you can practise and hone your presentation skills within a friendly and supportive environment. Topics are broad ranging; in the past, anything from how soil mixing technology can stabilise poor soils on a construction site to preventative and recovery strategies for loss of control in flight – the biggest cause of fatal aerospace accidents.

Below you will find a list of all our upcoming events. To book a place, contact the Research support Office by emailing ADRO.eec@coventry.ac.uk. We are always keen to hear from current research students interested in showcasing their research, so please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminars soon!


Forthcoming seminars

Built and Natural Environment – 25th October

Introduction to the Built and Natural Environment FRC

Mark Tyrer, Executive Director of Built and Natural Environments

14:00 - 14:10


Monitoring volcanoes from afar

Matthew Blackett, Senior Lecturer (GED)

14:10 - 14:30


Managing life cycle performance of buildings

Abdullahi Ahmed, Senior Lecturer in Built Environment

14:30 - 14:50


No Portland cement paving blocks development

Essie Ganjian, Professor of Civil Engineering Materials

14:50 - 15:10


Simulating pollutants on water - an example from the Gulf of Guinea

Babatunde Anifowose, Senior Lecturer in Petroleum and Environmental Science

15:10 - 15:30

Manufacturing and Materials Engineering – 31st October

Electroless nickel-boron coatings and methods to make them harder and better

Veronique Vitry, External speaker

13:00 - 14:00

Seventy years after the discovery of electroless nickel (Ni) by Brenner and Riddell in 1946, the electroless deposition process has undergone several modifications to meet the challenging needs of a variety of industrial applications such as electronics, automotive, aerospace, medical, petrochemical, food and military etc. This wide field of application can be explained by a well-known combination of properties, including high corrosion resistance, excellent wear resistance, uniformity of coating thickness and magnetic properties.

 Nickel alloys obtained by electroless deposition are categorized according to their alloying elements. The most widely used and studied alloy is nickel–phosphorous (NiP). Electroless NiB alloys are the second most used electroless Ni alloy, possessing very interesting properties that support industrial requirements. When compared with NiP coatings, electroless NiB deposits present a much higher hardness, have better wear and scratch resistances and promising electrical behaviour.

 Compared with electrodeposited Ni coatings, electroless NiB is far superior regarding uniform plating thickness distribution. This is an important factor when plating components with complex shapes and miniaturised features. In addition, electroless NiB composite deposits might present higher corrosion resistance, superior mechanical properties and the ability to be deposited on a much wider range of materials, such as dielectric substrates (important for electronic applications).


Copper turmeric electrodeposited composite coatings

Richard Merrill, PhD Student

14:00 - 14:30

Composite materials are commonly used throughout modern society, everything from concrete in construction to carbon fibre in high performance sports cars. However, the particles used in composites can be expensive and require energy intensive production methods to manufacture them, composites are also notoriously difficult to recycle making them unsustainable in the long term. The aim of this research was to produce a more sustainable composite coating from a more sustainable source of particles, and characterise its properties.


Effect of process induced defects on the fatigue behaviour of additive manufactured titanium alloys

Romali Biswal, PhD Student

14:30 - 15:00

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