Dr Liuquan Yang
- Position: Lecturer in Surface Engineering
- Areas of expertise: Surface Engineering; Heat Treatment; Tribology; Material Science and Engineering; Surface technologies for aerospace, space, automotive, marine and healthcare sectors.
- Email: L.Q.Yang@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 2198
- Location: 4.50 School of Mechanical Engineering
- Website: LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
Dr Liuquan Yang obtained his first degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology (Electrochemistry) from Tianjin University. He then went to Cranfield University to read for MSc in Process and Systems Engineering funded by Honda Research Institute Europe. Subsequently he was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds sponsored by Afton Chemical Limited. He was the recipient of Student Travel Award from UK Surface Analysis Forum in 2013 and he was the co-organiser of the 10th TriboUK student conference in 2013. Dr Yang started his career by receiving a Marie Curie fellowship working in Oerlikon Balzers France. His main research focus was R&D in Formula One and motorsport coatings. He became permanent at Wallwork Cambridge (TECVAC) where he managed projects funded by EU and Innovate UK in areas such as aerospace, additive manufacturing and biomedical sectors. His work has directly led to the automation of an Airbus coating production line, a prototype machine for surface treatment of additive manufactured components, and a first UK clinical trial of antimicrobial coatings in the knee revision surgery. Dr Yang joined Leeds to manage the operation of the EPSRC strategic equipment at the school and eventually became a lecturer in surface engineering in the same department.
Dr Yang’s research interests at Leeds have centred around the material and interface design in various applications for a more sustainable living. Coatings and surface treatment are primiarily concerned.
Dr Yang is currently managing the industrial PVD/PECVD deposition facility at the school and he welcomes academic collaborations and industrial access through the Royce Institute at Leeds (https://www.royce.ac.uk/equipment-and-facilities/pvd-pecvd-coating-system/)
- Module Leader - Tribology and Surface Engineering
- Facility manager - Industrial PVD/PECVD deposition system
- Member, Tribology Group, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Dr Yang’s current research interests are green and sustainable coating manufacturing, high temperature coatings for electric vehicle and aerospace, high corrosion reistance and dielectric materials, biomedical coatings, material and interface design for battery and fuel cells. He is accepting PhD candidates from various funding resources. His current research projects have been supported by H2020 EU EJD/ITN, EPSRC CDT and DTP studentships, UKRI/EPSRC IAA, Royal Society, UKRI/EPSRC/Henry Royce Institute.<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>
- BEng (Tianjin)
- MSc (Cranfield)
- PhD (Leeds)
- Chartered Engineer, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng MIMechE)
Module Leader – Tribology and Surface Engineering;
Module contribution at SWJTU-Leeds Joint School – English for Engineering; Vehicle Design and Analysis; Design and Manufacture 1.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate professional projects supervision
Research degress (MRes, PhD) supervision
Research groups and institutes
- Institute of Functional Surfaces
- Surface engineering
Current postgraduate researchers
<li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1554-functional-thin-film-coatings-design-and-optimisation-based-on-the-wear-and-corrosion-mechanisms-for-the-next-generation-nuclear-reactors">Functional thin film coatings design and optimisation based on the wear and corrosion mechanisms for the next generation nuclear reactors</a></li>