Dr Ian Mabbett
Senior Lecturer
Chemistry
Telephone: (01792) 606601
Room: Incubation Unit - 12
First Floor
Baglan Bay Inovation Centre
Leased Accommodation

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Storage
  • Rapid Radiative Curing and Sintering
  • Coatings and Corrosion
  • Functional Coatings
  • Instrumental and Analytical Techniques
  • Energy Materials
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management
  • Public Engagement, Outreach and Science Communication
  • Polymer Chemistry and Formulation and Cure of Inks, Paints and Coatings

Publications

  1. Applying a Coherent Academy Training Structure to Vertically Integrate Learning, Teaching and Personal Development in Materials Science and Engineering. In Materials Science and Engineering: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. (pp. 1484-1503).
  2. Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education. In Applying a Coherent Academy Training Structure to Vertically Integrate Learning, Teaching and Personal Development in Materials Science and Engineering. (pp. 82-99).
  3. & Mathematical framework for predicting the thermal behaviour of spectrally selective coatings within an industrial near-infrared furnace. European Journal of Computational Mechanics 25(3), 294-308.
  4. Ian Mabbett, Jon Elvins, Catherine Gowenlock, Carol Glover, Paul Jones, Geraint Williams, David Worsley Addition of carbon black NIR absorber to galvanised steel primer systems: Influence on NIR cure of polyester melamine topcoats and corrosion protection characteristics. Progress in Organic Coatings 77(2), 494-501.
  5. & Rapid Processing and Scanning Electrochemical Techniques Applied to Sintered Nickel Electrodes of Varying Thickness and Rate Capability. ECS Transactions 64(18), 1-12.

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Teaching

  • CH-127 Chemical Practice

    This module will introduce students to the three broad employment areas for chemistry: research, teaching or industrial positions. The lecture portion will cover fundamental aspects of being a professional chemist including safety, report writing, project management, and teaching skills. Students will then spend 50 hours working in a research lab, on an industrial project or serving as a teacher's aide. Assessment will be by coursework, continuing reports on their project, and a final oral and written report.

  • CH-300 Organic Chemistry

    This module develops on from CH-200 (organic chemistry) and builds advanced knowledge in the subject area. The advanced organic chemistry covered in this course enables employment in the field or equips the student with the required prerequisite knowledge for post-graduate research activity related to organic chemistry. Topics include reagents in organic sythnesis (extending past C, O, H and N to include P, S and Si), catalysis, selective synthesis and and recent developments in organic synthesis

  • CH-340 Inorganic Chemistry

    This module develops on from CH-205 (inorganic chemistry) and builds advanced knowledge in the subject area. The advanced inorganic chemistry covered in this course enables employment in the field or equips the student with the required prerequisite knowledge for post-graduate research activity related to inorganic chemistry. Topics include f-block chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, electronic spectra for transition metalcompounds

  • CH-342 Physical, Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry

    This module develops on from CH-206 (Physical, theoretical and computational chemistry) and CH-216 (Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry) and builds advanced knowledge in the subject area. The advanced content covered in this course enables employment in the field or equips the student with the required prerequisite knowledge for post-graduate research activity related to pysical chemistry or focus on analytical chemistry and instrumental techniques. Topics include molecular spectroscopy, energy transfer, kinetics and thermodynamics

  • CH-343 Life Sciences and Natural Products

    This module links up the concepts of organic chemistry with applications in the life sciences and in natural product chemistry. Nature has a storehouse of structurally diverse organic molecules with a range of biological activities which directly or indirectly impact on our lives. Natural products have been used to develop medicines, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, pesticides and research tools. This module provides an overview of natural product (NP) biotechnology, a multidisciplinary subject which is increasing in importance. Topics include protein structures, modern synthetic methods, medicinal chemistry, natural products and saccharides.

  • CH-344 Chemistry Project

    3rd year projects are the opportunity to bring all you've learnt during your degree together and apply that knowledge to solve a problem. In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are your opportunity to demonstrate to employers that you have a full understanding of your course and are able to direct your own studies, manage an independent research project and effectively communicate your findings. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in science, focusing on straight chemistry, or interacting and collaborating with another department such as bioscience, geography, physics, maths or computer science.

  • CH-345 Materials Chemistry Project

    3rd year projects are the opportunity to bring all you've learnt during your degree together and apply that knowledge to solve a problem. In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are your opportunity to demonstrate to employers that you have a full understanding of your course and are able to direct your own studies, manage an independent research project and effectively communicate your findings. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in engineering, focusing on materials chemsitry or chemical engineering

  • CH-346 Medicinal Chemistry Project

    3rd year projects are the opportunity to bring all you've learnt during your degree together and apply that knowledge to solve a problem. In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are your opportunity to demonstrate to employers that you have a full understanding of your course and are able to direct your own studies, manage an independent research project and effectively communicate your findings. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in medicine, focusing on biochemistry, drug discovery or mass spectrometry for example.

  • CH-347 Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

    This module is aimed at candidates who've developed an interest in the scale up of the chemical sciences, process development and applied chemistry. This option would suit students who want to complete a project in these themes. Topics include plant design, stoichiometry at the macro scale, thermodynamics and kinetics of bulk reactions, flow and pipework considerations, resource efficiency, coating deposition and cure, how chemistry affects materials properties and how these influence design of components, advanced manufacturing and techno-economics of product and process improvements.

  • CH-348 Geochemistry and Environmental Science

    This module is aimed at candidates who've developed an interest in the chemistry of the physical world around them. Topics include geochemistry, climate change, glaciology, stable isotope measurement and how we can measure environmental changes through geological features. Then the focus on current opportunities for environmental monitorinig, including heavy metals in water, stack emissions and greenhouse gasses. How these can be measured, what their impact may be and how the impact can be minimised.

  • CH-400 Advanced Organic, medicinal and natural product chemistry

    This module covers the most advanced taught organic chemistry specialisms to masters level.

  • CH-406 Advanced Inorganic Materials

    This module covers the most advanced taught inorganic chemistry specialisms to masters level.

  • CH-408 Advanced Physical, Theoretical and Instrumental Chemistry

    This module covers the most advanced taught physical chemistry specialisms to masters level.

  • CH-409 MChem Research Project

    MChem projects are the defining feature of the integrated masters with a chance to contribute research work of potentially publishable standard to an active research group within the University In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are an excellent way of managing the transition on to your next destination after undergraduate study, whether that is a postgraduate research studentship or into employment. The skills developed in the MChem projects demonstrate the ability to successfully deliver all aspects of a 60 credit research project and on exit you will have demonstrated the academic equivalence and begun developing the other skills required for entry into professional development schemes leading to chartership. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in science, focusing on straight chemistry, or interacting and collaborating with another department such as bioscience, geography, physics, maths or computer science.

  • CH-410 Medicinal MChem Research Project

    MChem projects are the defining feature of the integrated masters with a chance to contribute research work of potentially publishable standard to an active research group within the University In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are an excellent way of managing the transition on to your next destination after undergraduate study, whether that is a postgraduate research studentship or into employment. The skills developed in the MChem projects demonstrate the ability to successfully deliver all aspects of a 60 credit research project and on exit you will have demonstrated the academic equivalence and begun developing the other skills required for entry into professional development schemes leading to chartership. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in medicine, focusing on biochemistry, drug discovery or mass spectrometry for example.

  • CH-411 Materials MChem Research Project

    MChem projects are the defining feature of the integrated masters with a chance to contribute research work of potentially publishable standard to an active research group within the University In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are an excellent way of managing the transition on to your next destination after undergraduate study, whether that is a postgraduate research studentship or into employment. The skills developed in the MChem projects demonstrate the ability to successfully deliver all aspects of a 60 credit research project and on exit you will have demonstrated the academic equivalence and begun developing the other skills required for entry into professional development schemes leading to chartership. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in engineering, focusing on materials chemistry or chemical engineering.

  • CH-E00 Chemistry Industrial Placement Year

    The industrial placement year (often referred to as the Year in Industry) takes place before the final year. Only students on schemes which explicitly includes a year in industry are eligible for industrial placements. Students may enrol on programmes with an industrial placement year at the beginning of their studies, subject to appropriate enhanced entry qualifications, or may transfer to such a programme (subject to placement availability) up to the end of Level 5. Students complete a minimum of 40 weeks in a placement in companies in the UK (or potentially outside the UK).

  • EGAP01 Practical FTIR Molecular Spectroscopy of degrading organic coatings

    This module introduces the key themes of polymer chemistry, degradation mechanisms and monitoring via molecular spectroscopy. The module aims to introduce participants to the fundamentals of measurement in the context of their own photodegraded, weathered samples. There will be theory based lectures, followed by practical classes utilizing own samples and then workshops around interpretation of data produced.

  • EGSM04 Grid Scale Energy Storage

    The module will cover the main aspects of utility scale electrochemical energy storage, seen by many (including RCUK, TSB and UK Government) as a grand challenge for the near future. The module will cover the history of energy storage solutions and the basic concepts of batteries. Electrochemical principles, reactions and techniques will be explained in the context of batteries. Factors affecting module design and performance will be explored. Once the background has been to bring the students up to speed with the concepts common primary and secondary battery chemistries will be covered in detail, explorimng electrode reactions, manufacturing routes, applications and advantages and disadvantages of each. The requirements of utility scale energy storage will be discussed as will the techno-economics of various energy storage solutions in different environments or applications. Finally other chemistries, special applications, supercapacitors and other energy storage solutions will be introduced.

Supervision

  • Development of free surface hydrodynamic modelling and optimisation techniques with application to high speed motor boat hull design (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ben Evans
  • Up-scaling of concepts from lab to market place (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Utility Scale Energy Storage - The Next Big Challenge (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
  • Thermochemical drying of sludge wastes driven by building integrated renewables (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Holness
  • Radiative dewatering in faecal sludge management (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Carnie
  • New Generation Foam to Revolutionise the Building Industry (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Holliman
  • Alternative formulations for paints of the future (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cecile Charbonneau

About Me

I am the COO of SUNRISE, a global challenges research fund project led by Swansea University, that will develop printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes, which can be used to construct solar energy products in India.  These will then be integrated into buildings in five villages, allowing them to harness solar power to provide their own energy and run off grid.  The villages will benefit from Swansea University expertise in creating buildings that work as power stations, generating, storing and releasing their own power. SUNRISE is a Swansea-led consortium of 12 UK and Indian universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Brunel, and Imperial College London.

I joined the College of Science in 2016 at an exciting time as we worked to reintroduce Chemistry back into our undergraduate portfolio.

I had a particular interest in making this a success, having graduated with an MChem from Swansea prior to the closure of undergraduate teaching. My MChem included a year in industry at 3M where I developed a love of industrial coatings. After graduation I carried out an EngD in the corrosion and coatings group in the Materials Research Centre in the College of Engineering, sponsored by Corus and BASF, working with the coil coating industry on ultrafast curing of high performance coatings.

From there I went on to lead energy storage research at the Swansea led SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre and then I went on to manage the Materials and Manufacturing Academy. More recently, in addition to working in the field of functional coatings, I have been working on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded research projects, collaborating globally with other grantees, to develop transformative technologies in the fields of water and sanitation for developing nations.

These roles have enabled me to develop partnerships, collaborations and research expertise in a number of fields that have real world applications and demonstrable impact for industrial partners.

I strongly believe in research led and practice driven teaching and now I hope to pass these experiences on to the next generation of chemists to be employed in these industries.

In my view the purpose of Universities is to create and disseminate knowledge and to prepare students for employment in their chosen fields, therefore we align curriculum with requirements for professional registration and cover topics of industrial relevance and with the highest potential to contribute to sustainable economic growth.

I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), hold CChem and CSci registrations and represent academia on the Welsh steering group for the RSC.

I am also a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), holding CEng status and sit on the membership committee, assessing applications for professional registration in the form of chartership.

I am interested in innovation and engagement, scale up of technology and getting it to people with real world problems to solve. I engage in consultancy and I’m working on a number of projects with AgorIP around commercialisation of the outputs of scientific research and developing spin-outs to get solutions to market. I also collaborate with colleagues across the colleges in the University in many interesting interdisciplinary projects.

Public engagement and science communication are also activities of huge importance and relevance and as such I am a STEM ambassador, an active member of Swansea University’s public engagement forum, have run large outreach projects, featured at Cheltenham Science festival and written for a popular science magazine.

I’m a frequent speaker at pedagogical events and intend to not only apply current best practice to all my teaching in Chemistry at Swansea, but to develop it here. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching at Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Excellent learning and teaching, facilities and location combined with strong industry links for employability are the best recipe for an excellent student experience, something Swansea University already prides itself on. An example of where all these ingredients combine to add value is in our instrumentation lab. Here, Perkin Elmer have supplied excellent facilities and our students will benefit from access to the expertise of the manufacturers to understand how equipment works, but will also learn from their customer’s case studies about how the instruments are applied to the jobs professional chemists do after graduation. This has also enabled the building of research links with their customers and technical partners which also informs our teaching and expands our network of employers. One example is the Renault Sport Formula One team, with a mutual interest in materials characterisation and student placements available.

Prospective students are more than welcome to get in touch to find out more about what and how we will be teaching you to best prepare you for life after higher education.

Similarly, careers advisors and teachers, I’m happy to fill you in and consider how we can support you with events and activities.

Finally, I’m always looking for exciting new research avenues and collaborations with other academics and industry partners.