Coatings – we’ve got it covered

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Join Professor Rob Short and members of the Materials Science Institute and GISMO teams to learn about functional coatings.

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Join Professor Rob Short, director of the Lancaster University Materials Science Institute, to learn more about functional coatings in the latest in a series of breakfast research seminars on materials science. Learn how cutting-edge research can help you increase the competitiveness of your business.

Coatings are substances applied to a material or a product to enhance its overall properties, such as water wettability, solvent resistance, gas or solvent permeability adhesion, and/or resistance to wear without affecting bulk properties. They can be decorative, protective and – in the case of smart materials – add functionality to the product, i.e. switch properties under external control. 

Functional coatings represent a multi-billion-pound industry within the UK and are applied to products as diverse as contact lenses and drinks cartons; they are found in automotive products, textiles, polymer/plastic films, construction materials, and products and processes affected by biofilms, e.g. pipes and medical implants. 

The rise of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and the current COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for anti-microbial and anti-viral coatings to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms and to reduce potential surface contact propagation. 

Who is it for?

These breakfast events are for businesses and material researchers from across the globe.

We are especially pleased to invite Cheshire and Warrington SMEs to join our seminars and to gain insight into our research in surfaces and coatings and the latest research challenges in this field.

These seminars are aimed to provoke thought on how functional coatings might improve the reliability, performance and behaviour of your materials, products and processes.

Why attend?

  • Discover how to improve the reliability and performance of surface coatings on your products, particularly their anti-microbial and anti-viral properties
  • Learn about the latest developments in surface-coatings from our experts
  • Find out how you can use the experts and specialist facilities at Lancaster University to solve your coatings problems and to exploit new opportunities – all fully-funded (for eligible businesses).


Professor Rob Short, Director of the Lancaster University Materials Science Institute.

How do I join?

Please register using the link below. You will receive a link to join the webinar closer to the event date, after registration. This event will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact James Stancombe, GISMO Programme Manager:

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