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Dr Ignacio Martin-Fabiani – Fellowship Inaugural Lecture

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W004, Sir David Davis

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Dr Ignacio Martin-Fabiani, School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Design and Fabrication of Functional Coatings: Where Physics, Chemistry and Biology meet Engineering

The development of novel functional surfaces, such as antibacterial or scratch resistant coatings, demands a multidisciplinary approach that has to encompass research excellence in different areas. It starts with Chemistry, required to synthesize the building blocks of many paints and coatings: tiny polymer particles dispersed in water, also known as latex. Physics plays a crucial role in understanding and controlling the film formation process of this dispersion. The physical processes that take place during drying will determine the final coating structure and, as a consequence, its properties. Surface Engineering is needed as well to guide the knowledge transfer and optimize the manufacturing process. If an antibacterial functionality is desired, the understanding of the Biology of bacterial strains is key to design surfaces that will prevent the adhesion of bacteria.

In this talk, I will present different methods to structure coatings and how these arrangements affect their final properties. First, a stratification mechanism in which the coating is self-organized in two distinct layers will be discussed. As a result, the coating can be designed so that its surface properties (e.g. tack, wetting, gloss) differ from the bulk properties. Then, I will show how by accelerating the drying process it is possible to create arrays of structures on the surface of the coating that might lead to self-cleaning and antibacterial properties.

The talk will end with the view of an early career researcher as myself on how to be able to (or be allowed to!) carry out independent and high quality research.


Ignacio (Nacho) was born and raised in Madrid (Spain), where after much hesitation he chose to study Physics instead of his other passion, History. He obtained a Materials Physics BSc (Complutense University of Madrid) and an MSc on Polymer Science (Menendez Pelayo International University), before completing a PhD on polymer nanostructures at the end of 2013 (Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)). After that he headed for the UK to join the University of Surrey where he spent two and a half years developing environmentally friendly paints and coatings for a cleaner future. Nacho took up a Vice-Chancellor’s fellowship at Loughborough University in 2016, and is now working on antibacterial surfaces to stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Lunch will be provided following the lecture in Penrose Atrium, Stewart Miller Building

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