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Sustainable Coatings by Rational Design (SusCoRD)

Sustainable Coatings by Rational Design, SusCoRD, is a prosperity partnership between the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool co-funded by AkzoNobel and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC: EP/S004963/1). This multi-disciplinary project, which runs from the years 2018 to 2024 aims to develop the tools for creating new and improved protective coatings.

The aim of SusCoRD is to essentially tell us “how paint works”. The SusCoRD Prosperity Partnership addresses fundamental research questions concerning the formulation, testing and field performance of corrosion protective organic coatings.

The five-year programme is led by Prof. Stuart Lyon, The University of Manchester and Prof. Anthony Ryan, The University of Sheffield. It combines mechanistic insight from advanced characterisation with machine learning of historic test data to deliver a framework for the rational design of novel coating formulations. It brings together:

  • Market-leading protective coatings for marine, transport and industry (AkzoNobel)
  • World-leading research in corrosion protection (University of Manchester), polymer interfaces (University of Sheffield) and machine learning (University of Liverpool)

At present, the development cycle for new corrosion protective organic coatings is slow, evolutionary, and reliant on extensive testing with trial-and-error empiricism. This programme will, for the first time, use a multi-scale analytical and modelling framework to connect physiochemical properties with performance that enable the development of process and formulation models such that novel, environmentally sustainable materials solutions can be rapidly developed by the application of digital predictive design.

“We aim to connect the physicochemical properties of protective organic coatings with their service performance in order to enable the development of process and formulation models such that novel, environmentally sustainable, materials solutions can be rapidly developed by the application of digital predictive design”

The academic institutions (Universities of Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool) bring together world-leading capabilities in corrosion science, materials characterisation, polymer science and machine learning and have worked with AkzoNobel and its predecessor bodies for over 30 years.

The Prosperity Partnership delivers a project of sufficient scale and focus to develop a step-change in the mechanistic understanding of corrosion protective coatings leading to improved, more environmentally friendly, paints and a more rapid development cycle. The partnership has strong links with end users including: Airbus, Crown, and Tata Steel.

The above video captures the opening of the new AkzoNobel Laboratory of Corrosion Protection at The University of Manchester, which took place in December 2012. Several prominent AkzoNobel employees discuss the importance of preventing corrosion and give unique insights about the school.

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Professor Brian Derby, of the University of Manchester, discusses the new partnership between the university and AkzoNobel.

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SusCoRD mid-term review: AzkoNobel and the the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership

Stuart Lyon (principle investigator, University of Manchester) introduces the EPSRC/AkzoNobel Prosperity Partnership in Sustainable Coatings by Rational Design (SusCoRD) at mid-term review in 2021.

Starting in 2018, this 5-year research partnership between RCUK and AkzoNobel with the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, and Liverpool will enable for the 1st time a fundamental mechanistic understanding of how the performance of corrosion protective organic coatings arises – essentially it will tell us “how paint works”. Overall the project will deliver understanding and tools that underpin the rapid-to-market development of environmentally sustainable protective organic coatings by rational design.

SusCoRD mid-term review: the importance to AkzoNobel of academic research partnerships

Claudio di Lullo explains how academic partnership is central to AkzoNobel’s research and development strategy.

SusCoRD mid-term review: corrosion protective coatings and sustainability

Tony Ryan, Simon Gibbon and Stuart Lyon discuss sustainability with an audience of 42 from the SusCoRD research team.

Work package 1

Predictive design and testing

To realise deep links between the individual components that comprise fully formulated coatings and correlate these to descriptors of performance by use of machine learning.

Leader
Dr Michele Curioni, The University of Manchester

AkzoNobel Manager
Dr Bob Luigjes

Team
Prof. Douglas Kell, The University of Liverpool
Dr Andrew Parnell, The University of Sheffield
Dr Simon Gibbon, AkzoNobel
Dr Claudio di Lullo, AkzoNobel

Researchers
Vincenzo Bongiorno, PhD Student The University of Manchester
Dr Soumitra Samanta, PDRA The University of Liverpool

Video: SusCoRD mid-term review: Predictive design and testing (work package 1)

Aim: “To realise deep links between the individual components that comprise fully formulated coatings and correlate these to descriptors of performance by use of machine learning”.

Predictive design and testing: Liverpool (Kell), UoS (Parnell), Manchester (Curioni, Lyon), AkzoNobel (Gibbon, Ramsden, Cairns)

Work package 2

Polymers and interfaces

To develop a multiscale mechanistic understanding of water and ionic transport in heterogeneous polymers and at inorganic/ polymer interfaces, in particular to consider the migration of active species from corrosion inhibitive pigments to the metallic substrate.

Leader
Prof. Richard Jones, The University of Manchester

AkzoNobel Manager
Mark Irwin

Team
Prof. Patrick Fairclough, The University of Sheffield
Prof. Anthony Ryan OBE, The University of Sheffield
Prof. Stuart Lyon, The University of Manchester
Dr Steven Edmondson, The University of Manchester
Dr Simon Gibbon, AkzoNobel
Dr Claudio di Lullo, AkzoNobel

Researchers

The University of Sheffield
Derick Liew, PhD Student
Francis Gurman, PhD Student
Joseph Orgill, PhD Student
Dr Andrew Parnell, PDRA
Dr Stephanie Burg, PDRA
Dr Melody Obeng, PDRA

The University of Manchester
Julie Cler, PhD Student
Naomi Farrer, PhD Student
Khalil Abdul Razaq, PhD Student
Woraphan Intaphan, PhD Student
Dr Suzanne Morsch, Research fellow

Video: SusCoRD mid-term review: Polymers and interphases (work package 2)

Panel discussion involving WP2 researchers and AkzoNobel collaborators chaired by Prof. Richard Jones.

Aim: “To develop a multiscale mechanistic understanding of water and ionic transport in heterogeneous polymers and at inorganic/ polymer interfaces, in particular to consider the migration of active species from corrosion inhibitive pigments to the metallic substrate.” Polymers and interfaces: Sheffield (Jones, Ryan, Fairclough, Parnell); Manchester (Lyon, Morsch, Burnett); AkzoNobel (Wright, Murray)

Work package 3

Coatings and substrates

Understand how metallic substrates, and their surface treatment, influence polymer- substrate interactions, the interfacial solvation of metal ions, electrochemical charge transfer and the initiation of corrosion by application of multiscale, high-resolution analytical imaging combined with in-operando 3D and 4D imaging.

Leader
Prof. Xiaorong Zhou, The University of Manchester

AkzoNobel Manager
Dr Niek Hijnen

Team
Dr Rob Lindsay, The University of Manchester
Prof. Richard Wilkinson, The University of Sheffield
Prof. Stuart Lyon, The University of Manchester
Dr Doug Beaumont, AkzoNobel
Dr Tim Burnett, The University of Manchester
Dr Simon Gibbon, AkzoNobel
Dr Claudio di Lullo, AkzoNobel

Researchers

The University of Manchester
Joshua Gornall
Kaivalya Borwankar
Mariam Bashat
Kathleen Brook, PhD Student
Dr Yanwen Liu, Research Fellow
Dr Reza Emad, PDRA
Dr Tammy Porter, PDRA
Xingjun Zhou, PhD Student

Video: SusCoRD mid-term review: Coatings and substrates (work package 3)

Aim: “Understand how metallic substrates, and their surface treatment, influence polymer-substrate interactions, the interfacial solvation of metal ions, electrochemical charge transfer and the initiation of corrosion by application of multiscale, high-resolution analytical imaging combined with in-operando 3D and 4D imaging.” Coatings and substrates: Manchester (Zhou, Burnett, Lyon, Liu); Sheffield (Jones, Fairclough); AkzoNobel (Beaumont, Gibbon)

Work package 4

Simulation and modelling

Create physicochemical and electrochemical multiscale simulation models for coating performance that encompasses mechanistic detail and have predictive capability.

Leader
Prof. Flor Siperstein, The University of Manchester

AkzoNobel Manager
Dr Peter Visser

Team
Dr Claudio Pereira Da Fonte, The University of Manchester
Dr Nick Stevens, The University of Manchester
Dr Buddhapriya Chakrabarti, The University of Sheffield
Dr Simon Gibbon, AkzoNobel
Dr Claudio di Lullo, AkzoNobel

Researchers
Callum Ayres, PhD Student
Dr Charlie Wand, PDRA
Kieran Harris, PhD Student
Dr Josef Giddings, PDRA

Video: SusCoRD mid-term review: Simulation and modelling (work package 4)

Aim: “Create physicochemical and electrochemical multiscale simulation models for coating performance that encompasses mechanistic detail and have predictive capability” Manchester (Siperstein, Fonte, Stevens, Lyon); Sheffield (Chakrabarti, Jones); AkzoNobel (Gibbon, Ramsden)

Responsible Research and Innovation

Good practise in responsible research and innovation is incorporated into the research programme across the SusCoRD partner organisations.

Events

We participate in and promote a range of conferences, seminars and workshops.

Corrosion Science Symposium

Advances in Corrosion Protection by Organic Coatings Conference was held in Manchester on 6-9 September 2021. Several presentations were given by SusCoRD researchers. All the talks are now available to view.

One of the presentations is the Institute of Corrosion UR Evans award 2021 to Professor Mary Ryan.

Management and governance

The Executive Team is comprised of the principal investigators, work package leaders and AkzoNobel team.

Academic PIs
Prof. Stuart Lyon
The University of Manchester

Prof. Tony Ryan
The University of Sheffield

Project Manager
Dr Jane Deakin

AkzoNobel SusCoRD Managers
Dr Claudio Di Lullo
Dr Simon Gibbon

Strategic Partnership Steering Committee

SusCoRD is overseen by a Strategic Partnership Steering Committee whose membership includes:

Prof. Stuart Lyon, The University of Manchester
Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan, The University of Manchester
Prof. Chris Hardacre, The University of Manchester
Dr Andre Van Linden, AkzoNobel
Dr Simon Gibbon, AkzoNobel

Claudio Di Lullo, AkzoNobel
Prof. Tony Ryan, The University of Sheffield
Prof. John Derrick, The University of Sheffield
Stephen Webb, EPSRC
James Tarver, EPSRC

Work package meetings take place monthly and whole group meetings take place biannually.