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