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Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering



Professor Endrino (Jose L) received BS and MS titles in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University and the title of PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. During his PhD studies, he worked for a large R&D project on tribological coatings for aerospace together with the Air Force Research laboratories. Since the beginning of 2003 until the end of 2005, Jose L worked as R&D project manager at the Tool Coatings Division of Oerlikon Balzers, the leading company in the sector of metallurgical PVD coatings. In 2006 and 2007, Jose L worked as a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory within the plasma applications group after receiving an Outgoing Marie Curie fellowship grant. In 2008, he received a prestigious Ramon y Cajal fellowship by the Spanish Research Council and led many projects at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). In 2011, Jose L returned to the industrial sector to work as a senior scientist for Abengoa Research. Abengoa is an international company that applies innovative technology solutions to sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste. Abengoa employs over 22,000 people worldwide. Jose L has published more than 100 research articles and participated as an inventor in eight patents. He has organised several international scientific symposiums in his field and has been invited and associate editor of various scientific journals. He can be contacted at 

Current activities

Professor Endrino is Head of the Surface Engineering and Precision Institute and supervises PhD and MRes students from U.K., China, Malaysia, Spain, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Nigeria and Pakistan. Other nationalities are also welcome. His interests include generating new knowledge in coatings technology and materials science of thin films and surfaces, in collaboration with leading international groups and industry and promoting the application of new surface engineering solutions in machining, mechanical components, biomedical applications, renewable energy and sustainability. He leads a unique "hands on" short course called Extreme Surface Engineering and Coatings designed for both experienced and newcomers to the surface engineering sector (sales, technicians, industrialists, etc.)

On-going activities include:

  • Supervision of PhD, EngD and MPhil  students in mechanical engineering, materials science, coatings, surfaces, nanotechnology, nanomaterials and manufacturing.
  • Development of hard and tribological coatings deposited using physical vapor deposition
  • Design and manufacturing of solar selective coatings for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
  • Plasma spraying of ceramic based materials
  • Development of biocompatible and antibacterial coatings for biomedical applications
  • Manufacturing and materials research of protective coatings for automotive
  • High temperature corrosion studies for aerospace and transport
  • Brush electroplating of hard chrome replacements
  • Development of erosion resistant coating and surfaces
  • Optimisation of plasma-based deposition processes
  • Use of synchrotron X-rays to determine the electronic structure of thin films
  • Development and characterisation of a large variety of multifunctional coatings by PVD, PACVD, and sol-gel.
  • Characterisation of thin films and coatings using "in-situ" approaches.
  • Development of hydrogen-free hard carbon (DLC) coatings using filtered cathodic arc.
  • Application and design of solid lubricant coatings for minimum quantity lubrication machining.
Head of Surface Engineering and Nanotechnology Institute (SENTi) Surface Engineering Precision Institute
Cranfield University
Professor Jose  L.  Endrino
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