Dr Ian Mabbett
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 606601
Room: Staff Office - 433
Third Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus

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. & (2018). A liquid tangible display for mobile colour mixing. , 1-7. Barcelona, Spain: MobileHCIHuman Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. doi:10.1145/3229434.3229461
  2. & (2017). Sustainable Solar Energy Storage for Rural Africa. , 177-186. doi:10.18690/978-961-286-052-3.18
  3. 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).
  4. & 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.
  5. 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.

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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, continuing reports on their project, and a final oral and written report.

  • 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.


  • Radiative dewatering in faecal sludge management (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Carnie
  • A Computational and Experimental Study on Near-infrared Heating for the Coil Coating Industry (current)

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Geraint Williams
  • Assessing the efficiency of the process of synthesis of yellow gypsum from various steelmaking slags from Port Talbot Steelworks and potential industrial symbiosis (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Rhys Charles
  • Alternative formulations for paints of the future (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • New Generation Foam to Revolutionise the Building Industry (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Holliman
  • Circular economic approaches to biological wastes in developing nations (current)

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

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr James Holness
  • Remediation of contaminated motorway runoff preventing the mobilisation of toxic pollutants into the environment (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Iain Robertson

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.