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


  1. Charles, R., Davies, M., Douglas, P., Atiemo, S., Bates, M., Clews, A., Mabbett, I., Martincigh, B., Mombeshora, E., Joanna , J., Nyamori, V., Worsley, D., Mabbett, I. Sustainable Solar Energy Storage for Rural Africa 177 186
  2. Mabbett, I. Applying a Coherent Academy Training Structure to Vertically Integrate Learning, Teaching and Personal Development in Materials Science and Engineering (Ed.), Materials Science and Engineering: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications 1484 1503
  3. Mabbett, I. Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education (Ed.), Applying a Coherent Academy Training Structure to Vertically Integrate Learning, Teaching and Personal Development in Materials Science and Engineering 82 99
  4. Glover, C., Barnes, A., Mabbett, I., Subramanian, R., Williams, G. The scanning vibrating electrode technique for the study of hydrogen evolution from an iron electrode ECS Transactions 64 19 73 81
  5. Mabbett, I., Glover, C., Malone, J., Worsley, D., Mabbett, I. Comparison of Pocket Plate and Sintered Plate Ni Electrodes Used in Energy Storage Technologies for PV Back Up Applications ECS Transactions 50 45 25 35

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  • 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 60 hours with research faculty, on an industrial field trip or serving as a teacher's aide. Assessment will be by coursework and a written report.

  • 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 engineering, focusing on materials chemistry or chemical engineering

  • 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-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.


  • Alternative formulations for paints of the future (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Radiative dewatering in faecal sludge management (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Carnie
  • Towards circular economy for steel in-assessing the efficiency of yellow gypsum synthesis from BOF slags (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Rhys Charles
  • Remediation of contaminated motorway runoff preventing the mobilisation of toxic pollutants into the environment (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Iain Robertson
  • New Generation Foam to Revolutionise the Building Industry (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Holliman
  • Development of free surface hydrodynamic modelling and optimisation techniques with application to high speed motor boat hull design (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ben Evans
  • "Application of integrated renewables in closed sanitation system" (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr James Holness
    Other supervisor: Dr James Holness
  • Circular economic approaches to biological wastes in developing nations (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Kam Tang
  • A Computational and Experimental Study on Near-infrared Heating for the Coil Coating Industry (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Scalable Manufacture of Nickel-Iron Batteries for Grid Scale Storage Applications : A comparative study of curing and fast curing methods of electrolyte compatibility (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams

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 the 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 am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), hold CChem and CSci registrations and sit on the professional standards board for the RSC. I am also Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM from 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 registered STEM ambassador, an active member of Swansea University’s public engagement forum, have run large outreach projects, featured at Cheltenham Science festival, written for a popular science magazine and I’m a trustee of the EESW/STEM Cymru. 

I have been a frequent speaker at teaching conferences and look to develop modern, research-driven and practice led teaching methodologies in my areas of expertise. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching at Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Swansea University has an outstanding blend of all the right ingredients to make a real impact on lives and societies. Strong industrial links are at the heart of the community here, from the very formation of the University. New knowledge is created through research and disseminated by teaching and training by committed staff, leading to recognition for great student experience and employability. All this is boosted with world-class facilities and a fantastic location. I’m always keen to engage with collaborators, industry partners who have research needs or skills needs, as well as students and teachers and careers advisors who may wish to find out more about our activities.