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Dr. Nick Farmilo

Dr Nick Farmilo

Business Development Manager


Nick brings experience in research, sales and technology transfer, which allows him to identify how MERI's expertise can be used to provide solutions to commercial problems.

Nick supports Hallam Energy with his wide range of engineering knowledge. He and Dr. Abhishek Asthana work together to support industry through schemes such as the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme and the Industrial Heat Recovery Scheme.


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.

His involvement in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships has previously led to the development of a new jacketing and insulation material for oil and gas pipelines with BS Stainless.


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. 


Key Publications

Al-Sagur, H., Komathi, S., Karakaş, H., Atilla, D., Gürek, A.G., Basova, T., ... Hassan, A. (2018). A glucose biosensor based on novel Lutetium bis-phthalocyanine incorporated silica-polyaniline conducting nanobeads. Biosensors & bioelectronics, 102, 637-645.

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.

Conference papers

Lewis, O., Seth, S., Jones, A.H., Farmilo, N., Stephenson, D., Boden, M., & Thistlethwaite, S. (2011). The development and optimization of aluminium alloys for thermal spray coating application to steel substrates. In 5th RIPT (Les Recontres Internationales sur la Projection Themique), Limoges, France, 2011 - 2011.

Theses / Dissertations

Mussa, M. (2020). Development of Hybrid Sol-Gel Coatings on AA2024-T3with Environmentally Benign Corrosion Inhibitors. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Lewis, O., & Farmilo, N.

Janani, R. (2019). Synthesis and characterisation of sol-gel based ionogels as electrolyte forsupercapacitors. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Farmilo, N.

Abdurrahim, A.A. (2004). Corrosion behaviour of welded joints within chloride and chloride/CO[2] environments. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Akid, R., & Farmilo, N.

Other activities

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.

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