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Dr Liam R Goodes 

Visiting Research Fellow

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Dr Liam R Goodes is Visiting Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I carried out my undergraduate Masters study over four years at the University of Southampton and Université de Bordeaux 1, France. My PhD work took place in the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at the University of Southampton, focusing on evaluation methods for antifouling paints as part of an international project with partners in France and the Netherlands. This work consisted of the development of novel analytical methods and modelling work as a step towards predicting coating lifetimes. My work has expanded into the study of composite materials and coatings, and how these can be used to absorb shock and energy. In addition, I am interested in the effect of internal thin layers on damage propagation in these materials. I also worked on a large-scale European project exploring erosion of the blades of wind turbines resulting from rain and particle erosion, and developed new testing methods to assess manufacturing defects in these structures. Latterly, I collaborated with ISVR researchers looking at cleaning leaves on the railway using a gentle water-based ultrasonic cleaning technique as described at We also explored the use of StarStream for cleaning of surfaces, and how it could contribute to the fight against anti-microbial resistance. Since 2016, I am visiting the University from Scantron (, a systems manufacturer for measurement devices, based in Somerset, UK. My ongoing research interests lie in ultrasonic cleaning, fouling and blade erosion, contributing to research grants or collaborating in these areas with members of the university.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Antifouling paint technologies for the protection of ships' hulls
  • Structured and hierarchical surface interactions with fouling
  • Diffusion of biocides in polymers
  • High strain impact resistant materials
  • Erosion prevention
  • Surface characterisation and metrology
  • Multi-layered structures and composites
PhD research

Title: Experimental observation and prediction of biocide release using fluorescence microscopy techniques and mathematical modelling
Supervised by: Dr Julian Wharton and Professor Robert Wood
Funded by DSTL

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

The Adhesion Rail Riddle - Ensuring Trains Can Brake

Green Tribology

Tribology is the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Decreasing friction by any means always leads to welcome reductions in fuel and energy consumption, with a corresponding decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

I am involved in the upkeep and user training for our Alicona 3D optical profilometer. This instrument allows for contactless surface metrology characterisation. In addition, I have carried out consultancy work for various companies on behalf of nCATS.

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Dr Liam R Goodes
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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