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Dr Shuncai Wang BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FRMS

Lecturer, Manager of Electron Microscopy Centre

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Dr Shuncai Wang is Lecturer within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Dr Shuncai Wang is Lecturer of national Centre for Advanced Tribology, Academic Lead and Manager of the University Science and Engineering Electron Microscopy Centre in Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Dr Wang received a BSc in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MSc in Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials and PhD at University of Birmingham. He joined the Engineering Materials and Surface Engineering Research Group at the University of Southampton in 2001. He has the interdisciplinary research among materials, engineering and chemistry.

His research interests currently centre on developing surface coatings for a wide range of engineering applications and using advanced characterisation techniques (e.g. electron microscopy) to understand and improve the mechanical and tribological properties. He has published over 100 peer-viewed journal papers and been invited as a referee for more than 20 international journals. In Google Scholar has he has an h-index of 27, i10-index 95 and citations over 4000 (http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=bu-WnyAAAAAJ).

Research interests

Dr Wang’s research interests centre on developing surface coatings for wide range of engineering applications and using advanced characterisation techniques to understand and improve the mechanical and tribological properties.

  • Coating and Thin Film
  • Electroplating for hard chrome replacement;
  • Self-lubricated and smart deposits;
  • Robust superhydrophobic spray coatings;
  • PVD superhard thin film.

Tribological and Mechanical Properties

  • Wear and friction; cohesion & adhesion;
  • Corrosion, oxidation & tribo-corrosion;
  • Self-clean, superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic robust coatings;
  • Strengthening and toughness. 

Characterisation

  • Advanced electron microscopy, AFM on imaging, diffraction and elemental analysis; 
  • XRD and EBSD on textures; 
  • Nano-indentation.

 Awards/Grants/Projects

  • Royal Society - International Exchanges Scheme, “Structure and Properties of Self-lubricating Carbon-based Films for Mechanical Components in Space”. Principal Investigator, 2016-2018. £10,890 
  • EPSRC – Global Challenge Research Fund, “Self-cleaning for Sustainable Engineering”, 2016-2017, £52,890 
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme, “Lubrication science learning from Nature and beyond”. 2016, £5,450 
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchange with China and India (RECI) on “Near Frictionless and Wear Monitoring Coatings by Electro-deposition”. £18,000, Principal Investigator, 2014-2015 
  • Royal Society International Joint Project (between U.K. and China), “Self-lubrication of Cu-Al Eutectoid Alloy Sliding against Ferrous Counter Parts”. Principal Investigator, 2012-2014. £11,670 
  • The Weld Institute PhD studentship on “Suspension Sprayed Surfaced Coatings for Specialised Applications”. Principal Investigator, 2011-2015. £36,000 
  • RCUK Summer School on “Advanced Tribology and Surface Engineering”, Principal Bidder and Organiser, 2010. Award £6,000 from RCUK. 
  • RCUK Summer School on “Advanced Tribology and Surface Engineering”, Principal Bidder and Organiser, 2009. Award £12,000 from RCUK. 
  • Royal Society Visiting Fellow on “Fabrication of smart tribological coatings on aircraft engineer bearings”. Principal Investigator, 2008. £3,680 
  • ICUK Proof of Concept Grant Award on “Nanocrystalline functionally-graded wear and corrosion resistant coatings”. Principal Investigator, 2009. £69,964 
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - Research Exchanges with China and India, 2008 £1,275 
  • ICUK Partnership award on “Nanocrystalline functionally-graded wear and corrosion resistant coatings”. Principal Investigator, 2008. £6,000 

PhD supervision

  • Nan Zhou (2015-), “Self-Lubricated Coatings for Sustainable Engineering”. 
  • Andreu Laborda (2014-), “Fatigue of Multi-layered plain bearings”. 
  • Pawee Kucita (2012-), “Wear monitoring on surface sprayed coatings”. 
  • Intan Othman (PhD 2016), “Εlectrodeposition of Advanced Nanostructured Coatings for Aluminium Alloy”. 
  • Yang He (PhD 2015), “Luminescent Monitoring of Tribological Coatings”.
  • Feifei Zhang (PhD 2015), “Suspension Sprayed Surface Coatings for Specialised Applications”. 
  • Ahmed Al-Zubaydi (PhD 2015), “Evaluating homogeneity in AZ91 magnesium alloy processed by high-pressure torsion and equal-channel angular pressing”. 
  • Chao Ma (PhD 2013), “Electrodeposited Co-Ni-P Coatings for the Replacement of Hard Chromium”.

 

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Scanning Electron Microscope
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Transmission Electron Microscope
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Tribometer
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Nano-indentor

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Affiliate research group

Engineering Materials

Research project(s)

Advanced nanostructured coatings for aluminium alloys

Aluminium has a high affinity for oxygen to form rapidly an oxide layer when exposed to air or water which weakens the adhesion of coating and Al substrate. The zincating process is considered as the most practical and economical surface pre-treatment process for aluminium alloys. However, the zincating process encountered with some problems, such as dissolution of aluminum substrates in a concentrated alkaline solution and non-uniform zinc deposition due to non-uniform dissolution of the substrate during the process. The project will work on the double process of Cu and Zincating to produce the uniform and adhesive coatings on Al alloys.

Co-Ni-P Electrodeposits for Hard Chrome Replacement

Luminescent Monitoring for Tribological Coatings

The coating will be developed by electrodeposition with a high degree of controllability and relatively low cost. The monitoring utilises that phosphorescent / fluorescent particles emit a constant glow under an ultraviolet light, thus such a coating can act as an interlayer that can be revealed when a top tribological coating is worn away or corroded. The project aims for reducing the friction coefficient of steel contact by at least 10 times (as low as 0.07) and for in-situ monitoring the progress of wear or corrosion on coatings to set up an early warning system to prevent any such catastrophic failure.

Suspension sprayed surface coatings for specialised applications

Rare earth effect on tribological bronze coatings

Evaluating homogeneity in AZ91 magnesium alloy processed by high-pressure torsion and equal-channel angular pressing

  • Admissions Tutor for MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Sciences (AMES)
  • Academic Lead and Manager of Electron Microscopy Centre

 

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Book Chapter

  • Starink, M. J., Wang, S. C., & Sinclair, I. (2005). A model for local proof strength of 2xxx welds. In K. J. Jata, M. W. Mahoney, & R. S. Mishra (Eds.), Friction stir welding and processing III (pp. 223-243). The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Conferences

Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Introduction to Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science (AMES) SESM6039 Engineering Sciences  Module Coordinator
Microstructural & Surface Characterisation

SESG6044

Engineering Sciences Tutor
Bio, Nano & Modelling Aspects of Tribology

SESM6035

Engineering Sciences

Tutor
Dr Shuncai Wang
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