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Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) CDT

Researcher adjusting National Instruments equipment with screwdriver


Research into advanced materials is crucial, as it leads to the discovery of new materials and materials tailored for demanding environments.

Rob Lindsay

Manchester has a wealth of relevant resources for materials research, in terms of both people and equipment, which will be available to M4DE students.

Rob Lindsay / CDT Director

Students come to the M4DE CDT from a variety of STEM backgrounds and work with experienced researchers with similar interests.

The academic staff involved in this programme have a huge range of industry contacts, from oil and gas production, through paint manufacture and transport, to nuclear power generation. This means that our research has a broad scope.

Sponsored research

Our industry partners have sponsored a range of projects into a variety of areas, and the research activity is having a real-world impact.

Explore these projects below, and contact us with any enquiries about our CDT research.

Sponsored research projects


  • Elucidating the performance of N-based corrosion inhibitors; impact of additives
  • Exploring inhibited interfaces with vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy
  • Heterogeneity in heavy duty coatings and their failure
  • How Does Paint Work? Understanding Surface Pre-treatment
  • Reducing the zinc content in protective marine coatings
  • The influence of Al-flake pigments on the performance of marine coatings

Amec Foster Wheeler (now Wood)

  • Ductile fracture behaviour of reactor pressure vessel steels
  • Hydrogen and oxygen diffusion during corrosion of zirconium alloys used for nuclear fuel cladding
  • Understanding the environmental effects on fatigue crack growth of stainless steels in high temperature water

Atomic Weapons Establishment

  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of actinides; towards elemental and isotopic analysis for nuclear forensics

BAE Systems

  • REACH compliant strategies for aerospace corrosion prevention

Bawtry Carbon International

  • Ceramic coating development for lifetime extension of carbon electrodes

BCW Manufacturing Group

  • Next generation of oxide coatings for aluminium-bonded structures


  • Developing Micro- and Nano- X-ray Tomography Techniques for In Situ Studies Investigating the Breakdown of Corrosion Scales
  • Development of cost-effective coatings for enhanced corrosion and wear protection of steel
  • Free form welding-based additive manufacturing of nickel-based components for oil and gas service
  • Graphene and its potential in lubricants – cutting edge science meets cutting edge technology
  • Graphene-reinforced elastomeric components for the oil and gas industry
  • Hydrogen localisation in corrosion resistant alloys
  • Investigating Mechanisms for Localised Attack of Scaled Steels in Sweet Oilfield Environments
  • Monitoring of composite pipelines using embedded sensors
  • Nucleation of sweet and sour oilfield corrosion scales
  • Sweet and sour oilfield corrosion scales; elucidating scale precursors and nucleation


  • High Strain Rate Response and Manufacture of Synthetic Rubbers for Crash Test Dummy Applications

Continental Tyres

  • Multiscale modelling of polymer nanocomposites for the car industry

Cullham Centre for Fusion Energy

  • Radiation behaviour of high-entropy alloys for fusion reactor environments

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • Detection and mitigation of microbiologically influenced corrosion

EDF Energy

  • Computational models to simulate the deformation and failure behaviour of type 316H steel under steady and cyclic creep conditions
  • Delayed hydride cracking in zirconium alloys
  • Effect of a pressurised CO2 environment on deformation and failure behaviour of type 316H steel under steady and cyclic creep conditions
  • Effects of operational chemistry control on intergranular corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in the steam water circuit of boilers in aging UK nuclear power plants
  • Oxidation and correlative tomography of advanced gas cooled boiler tubing
  • Study of novel super-hydrophobic surfaces to mitigate corrosion, cracking and deposition in new build UK nuclear power plants
  • Use of 2D coatings (e.g., Functional Ceramics/Graphene/Graphene Oxide) for corrosion protection in nuclear power plants


  • Assessment of fire resistance of structures after exposure to liquefied natural gas leakage


  • Investigation of elastic follow-up under high temperature creeping conditions


  • Multi-scale tomography investigation of dental erosion


  • In-situ measurement and modelling of crevice corrosion kinetics in stainless steel


  • The effect of water chemistry on the stress corrosion cracking initiation of nickel based alloys

M&I Materials

  • Performance of W/Cu layered materials and components in radiation environments

National Physical Laboratory

  • Impact of transient environmental conditions on pitting and cracking – quantifying damage accumulation and structural lifetime
  • Evaluation of the time evolution of surface structure due to degradation from processing and wear
  • Utilising x-ray tomography techniques to measure oxide solubility in high temperature, high pressure environments


  • Aero engine degradation prediction in dusty environments
  • Ageing and failure mechanisms of electrical materials for high voltage systems in aerospace
  • Bolting steels for nuclear applications
  • Development of optimised alloys for radiation field reduction in nuclear power plants
  • Effect of microstructure on dislocation loop formation during irradiation of Zr alloys
  • Insulation systems for hybrid-electric aircraft
  • Investigating the effects of steam corrosion on environmental barrier coatings
  • Lead-induced stress corrosion cracking of nickel-based alloy 690
  • Microstructure optimisation of dual-phase zirconium alloys
  • Nanoscale characterisation of grain boundary oxides in nickel based alloys and their role in primary water stress corrosion crack initiation
  • Properties of metallic (U,Zr) nuclear fuel alloys
  • The influence of delayed hydride cracking on fatigue on Zr alloys
  • The role of slip localisation on crack initiation and propagation in nickel-base superalloys
  • Understanding the interaction between materials and water chemistry to reduce corrosion deposits in nuclear reactors


  • Performance characterisation of lean duplex stainless steel microstructure for radwaste storage and product store application


  • Sub-surface crack propagation in bearing steels

Tetra Pak

  • Pulsed plasma processes for high speed packaging machines


  • Next generation metal matrix composites for space launch applications


  • Residual stress measurement in PAEK components

Wallwork HT

  • Electrolytic plasma processing for biomedical implants with controlled release drug delivery by encapsulation


  • Development of advanced laser processes for multiscale surface modification of functional electrodes in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer instrumentation