Advanced Resin and Coating Technologies Innovation Centre (ARCTIC)

Establishing a world-class research centre offering high-quality research with an industry focus

ARCTIC’s mission is to establish a world-class research centre offering high-quality research with an industry focus in an innovative environment. It aims to attract outstanding researchers, focusing on resins and coatings technologies for sectors including aerospace, construction, and energy.

Advanced Resins and Coatings Technologies Innovation Centre (ARCTIC), established in August 2016 by London South Bank University.

The primary objectives of ARCTIC are:

  • Creation of a shared research and technology facility
  • Undertake joint research programmes
  • Secure a portfolio of research funding from external sponsors
  • Build a mutual understanding of future research challenges and opportunities
  • Develop the next generation of technologies and scientists

Investigated topics

  • Materials design
  • Durable functional coatings and materials
  • Omni-phobic surfaces (repelling water, ice, wax, inks, scales, dirt)
  • Anti-corrosion, barrier properties
  • Anti-microbial
  • Self-healing
  • Recycling
  • Nanomaterials

Current projects

ARCTIC works in materials design across durable functional coatings and materials, omni-phobic surfaces (repelling water, ice, wax, inks, scales, dirt), anti-corrosion and fire retardancy.

SolarSharc

A durable self-clean coating for solar panels to improve PV energy Generation efficiency (€2.3M).

Find out more.

ICEMART

Durable ice repellent coating process for aerospace and energy industries (£1.4M).

Icemart | Developing Anti-Icing Technology | 2018 from Opus Materials Technologies.com on Vimeo.

ISOPREP

Ionic Solvent-based Recycling of Polypropylene Product (€6.3M).

See covereage by British Plastics and Recycling Magazine.

Key facilities

  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)
  • White Light Interferometer
  • FTIR
  • UV Vis
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometer (XRD)
  • Viscometer
  • Particle size analyser
  • Light microscopy
  • X-Ray Microscope
  • Nano-indentation
  • UMT Tribometer
  • Surface profilometer
  • Drop Shape Analyser
  • Permeation
  • Rheometer
  • Dry film thickness
  • Coefficient of friction
  • Taber abrasion
  • Impact test
  • Tensile test
  • Pull test
  • Heat treatment
  • Environmental tests

Academic staff

  • Geraldine Durand

Research staff

  • Dr Christina Rumens
  • Alanka Zeme

Visiting researchers

  • Prof Alan Taylor

Postgraduate research students

  • Angelo La Rosa
  • Ana Antelava

Key publications

  • Womack, G, Isbilir K, Lisco F, Durand G.G, Taylor A, Walls J.M; 2019. “The performance and durability of single-layer sol-gel anti-reflection coatings applied to solar module cover glass” Surface and Coatings Technology Volume 358, 25 January 2019, Pages 76-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2018.11.030
  • Domínguez,, N., Castilla, P., Linzoain, M.E., Durand, G., García, C., and Arasa, J. (2018). “Approach to the determination of the contact angle in hydrophobic samples with simultaneous correction of the effect of the roughness”. Optical Engineering, 57(4), doi: https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.57.4.044102
  • Bourebrab, M.A, Oben D.T,  Durand G.G, Taylor P.G, Bruce J.I, Bassindale A.R,   Taylor A, 2018; “Influence of the initial chemical conditions on the rational design of silica particles”. Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 88(2), pp. 430-441 DOI: 10.1007/s10971-018-4821-9
  • Bourebrab MA, Durand GG and Taylor A, (2018). “Development of highly repellent silica particles for protection of hemp shiv used as insulation materials”. Materials 2018, 11 (1) 4; doi:10.3390/ma11010004
  • A.M. Wojdyla, A.Taylor, G.G. Durand, Ian W. Boyd (2017) “New assessment criteria for durability evaluation of highly repellent coatings” Wear 390-391, 49-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2017.07.001