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Surface Engineering


The Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC) focuses on micro and nano materials and electronic devices, providing expertise in Surface Engineering. The EMTERC is involved in activities ranging from fundamental materials research, production of bespoke materials and the design of the devices themselves through to their integration in end user systems.

Current and recent projects have included Poly-Silicon and II-VI compound semiconductor Solar Cells, Nanoscale Re-writable Non-Volatile Polymer Memory Arrays (EPSRC) and Nanoscale Material Systems for Healthcare Applications.

Key features

The EMTERC can provide expertise in many areas of surface engineering:

  • Surface Hardening
  • Wear and Corrosion Resistant Coatings
  • Materials Testing
  • Tribological Testing
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Tribocorrosion Testing

For more information on other features of the expertise EMTERC can offer, please click here.


The EMTERC can provide businesses with the following benefits:

  • Leading-edge expertise
  • Flexible approach to solving research problems
  • Rapid turnaround
  • Access to enabling funds for innovation

Our experts

Dr Shashi Paul- Reader, Head of EMTERC

Dr Richard Cross- Senior Research Fellow

Dr Yong Sun- Reader

Paul Taylor- Principal Research Technician


The EMTERC has a number of laboratories to deliver our expertise for research purposes, including Surface Engineering System Testing Facilities which has the ability to conduct friction and wear testing, corrosion testing, tribocorrosion testing and material failure analysis.

For more information on the other facilities EMTERC has for the delivery of our expertise, please click here.

Professional fees and charges

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and our relevant pricing structures for our services.

Who we have worked with

The EMTERC has collaborated with:


  • Ruhr-Universit Bochum (Germany)
  • Kings College London
  • Wroclaw University of Technology
  • Rutgers University (USA)
  • Penn State (USA)
  • The University of Birmingham
  • Polish Academy of Sciences


  • National Physical Laboratory (UK)
  • IMEL/NCSR Demokritos
  • Pepsico Inc
  • Kettleby Foods Ltd
  • Tata Steel

Past and current surface engineering projects include:

  • Surface hardening of stainless steels
  • Tribocorrosion behaviour of surface engineered materials
  • Surface hardening of titanium and its alloys

For more information on the projects EMTERC are involved in, please click here. 

Related services you may be interested in

Micro and Nanoscale Material/Device Development and Analysis

Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Mechatronics

Contact us

Nadia Omar

Business Development Manager

De Montfort University
Faculty of Technology
Gateway House 4.64
The Gateway

T: +44(0)116 207 8624