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Dan Scotson is a PhD researcher investigating the failure of corrosion resistant ceramic coatings (Environmental Barrier Coatings - EBCs) for next-generation gas-turbine engines, such as those used in the aerospace and electricity generation sectors.

Research interests

Investigating materials failure relies upon a wide range of advanced characterisation techniques to faciliate a holistic understanding of failure. As a result, Dan uses a variety of characterisation techniques to learn how microstructures evolve, residual stresses arise and failure is caused.

Dan is also a keen user of MATLAB to develop novel methods for data processing and data visualisation.



Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering course. Courses taught include: 1st year MATS15501 Computing and Communication; 2nd year MATS23401 Materials Processing, and 3rd year MATS31301 Composites and Advanced Materials.

Further information

Dan is also a Discover Materials ambassador. Discover Materials is a partnership of universities that organise and support outreach activities to promote Materials Science across the UK.

Dan has developed an outreach project titled 'Porosity in Materials' which has been showcased at Discover Materials events including the Big Bang Fair 2023 and Faraday Institution Conference 2023. Details of this can be found here:

Dan's Discover Materials ambassador profile page can also be found here:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Engineering, Materials Science, Oxford University

9 Oct 201630 Jun 2020

Award Date: 7 Jun 2020

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Henry Royce Institute
  • Advanced materials


  • Materials Science
  • Materials characterisation
  • Materials failure
  • Ceramic coatings
  • Environmental barrier coatings (EBCs)
  • EBC
  • Coatings
  • Thermal barrier coatings
  • TBC


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