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  • ceramics, coatings, aerospace materials, nanomaterials, energy materials


Prof. Ping Xiao currently holds the Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Coating Technology. He joined University of Manchester, Materials Science Centre as a Lecturer in 2001, then became Senior Lecturer in 2003, Reader in 2005, and Professor in 2008. Ping Xiao did his undergraduate and postgraduate study of Chemistry in Jilin University, P. R. China. He went to Oxford University to study Materials Science for DPhil since 1989, and  became a postdoctoral research fellow in Oxford since 1993. Then he joined Brunel University as a Lecturer since 1996, and became a Senior Lecturer in 2000.

Ping Xiao's research area covers both fundamental study of degradation mechanisms of ceramic coatings and novel manufacture of ceramics and ceramic coatings. The research covers developing novel techniques to produce ceramics and ceramic coatings,  understanding degradation mechanisms of ceramics and coatings, which involves characterisation of microstructure, mechanical property, and residual stresses in ceramic coatings. Ping Xiao's research has generated  300+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and he is among the top 2% list of the most cited researchers in the world identified in a study in 2020 by Stanford University (

Since the 1st of May 2020, Ping Xiao has been appointed Chair of Surface Engineering Board, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK. In 2023, he became the Field Chief Editor for a new ceramic journal "Frontiers in Ceramics". 

The group is well funded and is currently looking for PhD students starting in 2024 including studentships shown below:



My group

Ceramic coating research group consists of 3 PDRAs, 15 PhD students, and one academic visitor. The research group is financially supported by EPSRC, Royal Academy of Engineering, National Physical Laboratory and Rolls-Royce. The research has active collaboration with many industries and has made significant impact in application of ceramic coatings in aero-engines Research themes cover ceramic coating fabrication, chracterisation and performance study. The group has developed both chemical vapour deposition and electrophoretic deposition to produce ceramic coatings. Properties of the ceramic coating, eg. thermal conductivity, residual stresses and mechanical property are being studied in relation to performance of these coatings in various industrial environments. The ceramic materials which have been studied covers Lanthium Zirconate, Yttria Stablized Zirconia and metallic coatings as thermal barrier coatings, SiC and carbon coatings for high temperature stability.

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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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Energy
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


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