Professor James Sullivan
Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 602495
Room: Academic Office - A228
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

My research is focused on the links between microstructure and the corrosion behaviour of materials with a particular interest in zinc alloys for galvanic protection.

I have developed a novel time lapse imaging technique that can visualise corrosion mechanisms and preferential phase attack of microstructures in-situ under electrolyte films. The work was presented at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on aqueous corrosion in 2012 and is published in Corrosion Science.

I am a co-director of the Materials Academy at Swansea University that provides flexible and accessible training to standard entry students and industrial employees from work based learning through to doctorate level and this has been achieved with a grant income of £15million over the past four years.

The Materials Academy provides training and research to a large base of industry partners including Tata Steel, BASF, European Space Agency, The Royal Mint, NSG Pilkington and many others.

The Materials Academy hosts the COATED2 EPSRC Centre for doctoral training in industrial functional coatings that will train 40 new doctorate researchers from 2015. This is a prestigious scheme and is one of only two CDTs hosted in Wales.

Publications

  1. & Studying the Influence of Mg Content on the Microstructure and Associated Localized Corrosion Behavior of Zn-Mg PVD Coatings Using SVET-TLI. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 166(11), C3305-C3315.
  2. & The Effect of Microstructural Refinement on the Localized Corrosion of Model Zn-Al-Mg Alloy Coatings on Steel. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 166(11), C3147-C3158.
  3. & Concentration Effects on the Spatial Interaction of Corrosion Pits Occurring on Zinc in Dilute Aqueous Sodium Chloride. Journal of The Electrochemical Society 166(11), C3028-C3038.
  4. & Stabilization of molten salt materials using metal chlorides for solar thermal storage. Scientific Reports 8(1)
  5. & Engineering of a Mo/SixNy Diffusion Barrier to Reduce the Formation of MoS2 in Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Film Solar Cells. ACS Applied Energy Materials 1(6), 2749-2757.

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Teaching

  • EG-387 Metals: Advanced Manufacturing and Protection

    This module explores the link between fundamental science and advanced materials behaviour. The first section explores the use of computational modelling of the physics involved in many materials processing methods. Specific examples related to solidification and annealing are covered. The second section deals with the detailed chemical reactions occurring during the corrosion of metals, following on to explore methods of prediction and prevention. To extend students¿ ability to design and use materials by linking the engineering use of metalforming processes and chemistry (via design against corrosion).

  • EGSM02 Interpersonal Skills for Engineers

    The module will cover both presentation and written skills required for successful communication in enigineering. Presentations: Guidelines on making format presentations, considering attention span, visual aids, style, content and balance to ensure a memorable outcome. Preparation for one-on-one discussions, approaches to ensure successful meetings. Body Language: The influence of body language in communication both in formal presentations and in small group discussions. How to read body language in others, and modify your own body position to aid communication. Written: Guidelines on report preparation, including planning,structure and use of figures and tables. Preparation of an abstract, covering length, key issues and style for maximum effectiveness. Each candidate will prepare a detailed project plan covering background to the research, the scheduling of practical and other work, and milestone deliverables. This plan will be produced following: (i) attendance at specialist lectures covering issues of good practice in the conduct of research eg safety, procedures for laboratory work and data reporting/analysis; (ii) discussion with academic and industrial supervisors regarding technical/commercial issues associated with the specific topic; (iii) a review of the formal course units covering technical issues, personal and professional development and research skills. The overall report must demonstrate that each student relates relevant aspects of the training courses to their industry oriented research project.

  • EGSM03 Literature Review of Industrial Problem

    The module involves the collation, refinement and critique of existing literature surrounding particular problem associated with the research topic elected by the student. The student will gain experience in working independently on a substantial, individually assigned task, using accepted literature review procedures. It will require and develop self-organisation and the critical evaluation of existing literature with a view to producing a comprehensive review of the current knowledge on the prescribed topic. Assessment of the literature review will be in the form of a 25 page review paper and a 30 min oral viva examination.

  • EGTM103 Degradation of materials

    To provide a detailed overview of: The fundamentals of corrosion theory for metals and degradation of organic coatings, The mechanisms of different corrosion types and their identification in real world situations The application of corrosion protection techniques through case studies

  • EGTM18 Employee Relations Awareness

    Learner-centred, discussion, video, role play, covering negotiating skills and practice, disciplinary skills and practice as well as recruitment interviewing. Employment law and industrial tribunals.

  • EGTM97 Innovation to Commercialisation

    This course is an interactive module that may just change the way you look at the world. It may also change the way that you view your future career....from employee to employer perhaps: engineer to entrepreneur! The fields of engineering and business have changed dramatically over the past 15 years and it is a change that continues to accelerate. What drives that change and what are the consequences for engineers and research? This course will expose you to insights about the convergence of engineering and business - the fact that engineers are moving away from production and process towards a greater contribution to ideas and market awareness will act as a basis for the course. In fact it is these two areas where real value can and is added to engineering and where reseacrh can have the highest impact.

Supervision

  • Aesthetic and Performance Enhancements for ZMA Coated Steels (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Improved organic coating delamination resistance using physical vapour deposited Zn-Mg layers on strip steel (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
  • Assessing and understanding the corrosion performance of additively manufactured iron based alloys and other industry relevant materials. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Lavery
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Corrosion fundamentals in varying aggresive conditions (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • The compatibility of conveyance tubes (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Making building smart - adding functionality to the latest generation of prefinished steels (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
    Other supervisor: Dr Justin Searle
  • Addition of alloying agents to improve the performance of Zn/Al metallic coated steel. (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Factors affecting corrosion rates of cast iron water mains (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • Development of Novel Corrosion resistant Magnesium alloys (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
  • Optimisation of the zinc coating surface for GI Full Finish for the automotive sector at high line speeds (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
  • Production of Functional Materials for Advanced Thermoelectric Applications (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Penney
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • 'Development of the Iron Electrode for Utility Scale Energy Storage' (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • 'Incorporation of microbial organisms into organic steel coatings ' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
    Other supervisor: Dr Geertje Van Keulen
  • 'An Investigation into the Corrosion Behaviour and Effect of Inhibitor additions on commercial Zn-Mg- Al Alloys' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hamilton Mcmurray
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • ''Understanding the influence of high temperature coil annealing operating parameters on the magnetic properties of grain oriented electrical steel'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
    Other supervisor: Prof Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • 'Novel Advancements to Galvanised Steel Coatings using Quaternary Additions and Ultrasound' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • 'Environmental Corrosion and its Effects on Limiting Down-Gauging Opportunities within Chassis and Suspension (C&S) Structures' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan
  • 'The use of a novel time- lapse microscopy technique to study the corrosion effects of zinc magnesium aluminium alloys in aqueous salt solutions' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amit Das
    Other supervisor: Prof James Sullivan

Key Grants and Projects

  • COATED2 2015

    EPSRC Centre for doctoral training in industrial functional coatings, £6.3 million

  • COATED 2013

    EPSRC/ESF Centre for doctoral training, £3.5 million

  • METaL 2012

    ESF work based learning, £1.4 million

  • STRIP 2012

    ESF Director, £6.6 million

  • SPECIFIC 2011

    SPECIFIC Innovation and knowledge centre EPSRC/TSB – Co-investigator, £10 million

  • Materials Live! 2012

    STEM outreach grant – Co-Investigator, £140,000

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2005 LL Shrier award from the ICorr at the 2005 Corrosion Science Symposium for the best paper
2002 Best poster prize from ICorr at the 2002 Corrosion Science Symposium
2001 Winner of Poster competition at ICorr Corrosion Science Symposium 2001
1999 Hugh O’Neill prize in metallurgy for best final year project
1999 Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers Book Prize
1998 Swansea and District Metallurgical Society Prize for Best student
1999 South Wales Institute of Engineering educational award for best engineering student
1999 Institute of Materials prize for best student over 3 years
1996 Armours and Brasiers entrance scholarship to University of Wales, Swansea
1996 Institute of Materials entrance scholarship to University of Wales, Swansea