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Research Interests

The chemistry and structure of solid surfaces and coatings have been common themes throughout my research; with my interests ranging from fundamental studies of ideal substrate-adsorbate systems in ultra-high vacuum, to industrially relevant chemical and mechanical behaviour at alloy-coating-atmosphere interfaces.

Recent work has involved the high temperature oxidation of alloys and the behaviour of lubricants and release agents within manufacturing processes.

Personal Statement

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters with Honours in Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry. Awarded a PhD in Physical Chemistry- Surface Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, with Professor Malcolm Kadodwala as my supervisor. Completed a 3 year postdoctoral position for Professor Sibener at the University of Chicago. Recent work has been as the lead researcher in a vital strand of the 3-year, £65 million SAMULET 2 collaborative venture between the UK government and business.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM)
  • Temperature programmed desorption (TPD)
  • Electron stimulated desorption/dissociation (ESD)
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS)
  • Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)
  • Low energy electron diffraction (LEED)

Industrial Relevance

As part of a University of Strathclyde collaboration with Rolls-Royce, spent much of Jan 2013- Jan 2016 onsite at the Barnoldswick manufacturing facility assessing their process and running production trials, based on laboratory based findings. Transference of results to the Singapore plant has led to a 92% increase in output from production runs; equivalent to an 8% increase in annual factory output, with a production value of £12 million at their current capacity. The impact of this work is possibly best appreciated when it is considered that these Singapore-made components are vital to the record breaking aero-engine deal between Rolls-Royce and Emirates Airlines that was signed in April 2015.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Glasgow University

Master of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

Nov 2009Dec 2012

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chemistry Physics & Astronomy
Surface chemistry Chemical Compounds
Electrons Engineering & Materials Science
Monolayers Engineering & Materials Science
pyruvates Physics & Astronomy
Substrates Chemical Compounds
Coatings Chemical Compounds
lactates Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2014 2015

Alternative metallic die materials for superplastic forming

Fleming, C., Cochrane, A. & Frame, J. C.


Project: ResearchKnowledge Exchange

Research Output 2007 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Abstract
Boron nitride

Innovative methods for investigating key process variables in the manufacture of superplastically formed aero-engine components

Zuelli, N., Fleming, C., Farrell, M., Zante, R. & Robinson, L., 1 Jan 2016, Superplasticity in Advanced Materials - ICSAM 2015. Sato, E., Itoh, G., Takayama, Y., Kitazono, K., Morita, K., Itoi, T. & Kobayashi, J. (eds.). p. 603-609 7 p. (Materials Science Forum; vol. 838-839).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution



2014 University of Strathclyde Enterprise Pathway for Researchers Winner

Christopher Fleming (Recipient), Jan 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

First Prize Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award

Christopher Fleming (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)