Research course

Liquid infused surfaces for oil and gas applications

University of Leeds · School of Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in physics, materials or mechanical engineering. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Liquid infused surfaces constitute a novel class of material where a lubricant is held in place in a porous substrate to create a self-healing repellent surface. This multidisciplinary project will develop robust and cost effective surfaces by directly altering the topography of the metallic materials of interest while computational tools will evaluate the stability of such surfaces (flow entrainment, wetting characteristics). The new composites will be optimized for various applications including fouling prevention1 and corrosion mitigation. 2 petrochemical companies have shown interest in supporting the development of the project which will link closely with existing courses (CDT tribology, Oilfield MSc).

Keywords: Lubricants; corrosion; surface engineering; wetting.

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Richard Barker