Oliver is a member of the Aerospace Engineering course team, teaching materials, manufacturing and professional practice. He is also the course leader for the BSc Aerospace courses at Sheffield Hallam. In addition to teaching, he is engaged in research and consultancy, primarily in the fields of corrosion and coatings. He is also active in engineering education research, using this activity to benefit student experience in the department of Engineering and Maths.
Oliver studied materials engineering with a Diploma in Industrial Studies in the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering (IPTME) at Loughborough University. His final year project examined the feasibility of adopting molybdate conversion coatings as chromate replacements for electrodeposited zinc substrates. In collaboration with staff at Sheffield Hallam University, the scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET) was used to study the repassivation of the coatings.
Following graduation, Oliver commenced an industrially sponsored PhD project, also at Loughborough University. The aim of the study was to identify nanoparticulate additives which would enhance the performance of waterborne organic coating primers. Having selected a range of particles and dispersed them in the primer formulation, the coatings were characterised in terms of their corrosion resistance, tribological properties, hardness and modulus. The corrosion resistance of the coatings was of particular interest and was studied using accelerated environmental techniques and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).
On completion of his PhD, he joined Sheffield Hallam University, contributing to research, consultancy delivery and regionally-funded projects supporting businesses, predominantly SMEs. Since 2009, he has also undertaken supervision of research students. Current research projects include
- assessment of organic coating performance
- development of accelerated performance tests for marine coatings
- plasma nitriding of stainless steel
Additionally, he teaches in the department of Engineering and Maths, where he is a member of the Aerospace Engineering course team and course leader for the BSc Aeronautical Engineering and BSc Aerospace Technology courses. His teaching role has led to an interest in engineering education research, with projects investigating novel assessment methods, laboratory-based curriculum development and contextualising learning.
He is an active member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Corrosion, and the Institute of Materials Finishing.
Industrial and Collaborative Engineering
Winberg, C., Bramhall, M., Greenfield, D., Johnson, P., Lewis, O., Rowlett, P., ... Wolff, K.E. (2020). Developing employability in engineering education: a systematic review of the literature. European Journal of Engineering Education, 45 (2), 165-180. http://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2018.1534086
Ngo, S., Lowe, C., Lewis, O., & Greenfield, D. (2017). Development and optimisation of focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy as a technique to investigate cross sections of organics coatings. Progress in Organic Coatings, 106, 33-40. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.porgcoat.2017.02.003
Seth, S., Jones, H., & Lewis, O. (2013). Wear resistance performance of thermally sprayed Al-Ti alloy measured by three body micro-scale abrasive wear test. Wear, 302 (1-2), 972-980. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.wear.2013.01.075
Lewis, O., Critchlow, G., Wilcox, G., deZeeuw, A., & Sander, J. (2012). A study of the corrosion resistance of a waterborne acrylic coating modified with nano-sized Titanium Dioxide. Progress in Organic Coatings, 73 (1), 88-94. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.porgcoat.2011.09.004
Lewis, O.D., Greenfield, D., Akid, R., Dahm, R.H., & Wilcox, G.D. (2010). Conversion coatings for zinc electrodeposits from modified molybdate solutions. Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing, 88 (2), 107-116.
Lewis, O.D., Critchlow, G.W., & Wilcox, G.D. (2009). The role of surface cleaning as a preliminary to satisfactory coating application. Corrosion management, (89), 11-16. http://www.icorr.org/magazine/introduction.phtml
Lewis, O.D., Greenfield, D., Akid, R., Dahm, R.H., & Wilcox, G.W. (2006). SVET investigation into use of simple molybdate passivation treatments on electrodeposited zinc coatings. Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing, 84 (4), 188-195. http://doi.org/10.1179/174591906X124038
Lewis, O., Potts, J., & Gautrey, J. (2016). Flight testing in aircraft design teaching: implementation and impact on student experience. In Inspire to Suceed: Transforming Teaching and Learning in STEM (HEA Annual STEM Conference), East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, 28 January 2016 - 29 January 2016. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/download/session-124-dr-oliver-lewis-dr-jonathon-potts-and-dr-jim-gautrey
Lewis, O., Radley, K., Bramhall, M., & Metcalf, J. (2015). Student produced media and the use of web based sites for the assessment of technical and communication skills in engineering students. In 9th International Conference on New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education, Skiathos Palace Hotel, Skiathos, Greece, 27 August 2015 - 28 August 2015. http://nhibe2015.vs-net.eu/
Magowan, S., Bramhall, M., & Lewis, O. (2015). Portfolio assessment of laboratory practicals integrating learning across modules. In 9th International Conference on New Horizons in Industry, Business and Education, Skiathos Palace Hotel, Skiathos, Greece, 27 August 2015 - 28 August 2015.
Seth, S., Lewis, O., Jones, A.H., Stephenson, D., Boden, M., & Thistlethwaite, S. (2012). A study of corrosion and wear resistance performance of thermally sprayed Al-Zn-In and Al-Ti alloy coatings. In 53rd Corrosion Science Symposium, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK, 6 September 2012 - 7 September 2012.
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. http://www.unilim.fr/spcts/5RIPT
Seth, S., Lewis, O., Jones, H., Thistlethwaite, S., Stephenson, D., & Boden, M. (2011). A Study of Novel Aluminium Alloys for Thermally Sprayed Metallic Coatings. In Corrosion Science Symposium (52nd), 1 September 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. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00314
Ngo, S. (2019). Investigation of Pretreatment Primer Performance by Electrochemical Techniques and Environmental Weathering. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Lewis, O. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00259
Seth, S. (2015). Novel aluminium alloys for thermal spray applications to steel substrates. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Lewis, O.
Lewis, O., O'Flaherty, F., Lambert, P., Stephenson, D., Boden, M., & Thistlethwaite, S. (2011). A Study of Aluminium Zinc Indium Thermal Spray Coatings for the Protection of Steel Rebars in Reinforced Concrete. Presented at: 5th RIPT (Les Recontres Internationales sur la Projection Themique), Limoges, France, 2011
Secretary, Corrosion Science Division of the Institute of Corrosion
Treasurer, Sheffield Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society Member, Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholarship Panel
Member, Publications Committee of the Institute of Materials Finishing