Nick brings experience in research, sales and technology transfer, which allows him to identify how MERI's research knowledge and expertise can be used to provide solutions to commercial problems.
During his time at MERI, Nick has played a key role in developing the Institute's research portfolio, and in promoting consultancy and knowledge transfer programmes, including the ERDF-funded Sheffield Innovation Programme.
Nick leads the Corrosion team within MERI and is currently supporting the work of 5 PhD students.
Nick has interests in electrochemistry and corrosion, in which he works closely with Matt Kitchen and Dr Oliver Lewis. Within the field of corrosion Nick is most interested in coatings and galvanic corrosion. He has also worked on the crevice corrosion, carbon dioxide accelerated corrosion (or sweet corrosion) , the corrosion of copper, corrosion in nuclear waste containment and corrosion of steel in concrete.
Nick has contributed to many Knowledge Transfer Projects, most of which have been part funded by regional funds. The most recent one of these is the Sheffield Innovation Programme, SIP.
Nick has a very strong interest in coatings as he has previously been a Manger of the UK National Surface Engineering Centre, NASURF.
Janani, R., Mader, K., Roberts, A.J., Farmilo, N., & Sammon, C. (2018). Fast-cure ionogel electrolytes with improved ion transport kinetics at room temperature. Journal of Power Sources, 406, 141-150. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.10.049
In his day to day activities Nick supports the delivery of materials consultancy by advising customers of the most appropriate analysis techniques to address their problems and linking enquiries to MERI staff.
Nick has worked as an expert witness and works closely with Dr Iain Fielden on Forensic consultancy activities.