Dr Mingwen Bai

Dr Mingwen Bai


2023-now       Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
2020-2023     Assistant Professor, Centre for Manufacturing and Materials, Coventry University 
2018-2020     Research Associate (EPSRC), NanoLAB Research Centre, University of Sheffield 
2016-2018     Research Fellow (EPSRC), Advanced Materials Research Group, University of Nottingham 
2011-2016     Research Assistant and PhD researcher, School of Materials, University of Manchester

Research interests

Surface engineering for protection of metals against extreme environmental degradation (e.g. oxidation, corrosion and wear) including:

(1) thermal barrier coatings on Ni-based superalloys gas turbines
(2) corrosion resistant coatings on Steels in superheated steam boilers
(3) wear resistant Titanium Alloys and Titanium Matrix Composites

My work is validated by innovative electron microscopy approaches (SEM, FIB, and TEM) and thermodynamic calculation allowing detailed understanding of the relationship between microstructure, phase, composition and performance.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD in Materials, University of Manchester
  • BEng in Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Academic Practice in Higher Education, Coventry University
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM)
  • Early Career Advisory Board Member, Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Editorial Board Member, MDPI-Coatings
  • Member, UKRI ECR Forum
  • Associate Editor, Frontier in Ceramics

Student education

MECH5775M Advanced Manufacturing

MECH1206 Design and Manufacture 1

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>