This short course will provide an understanding of the role that surfaces play in materials behaviour; concentrating on optical applications of coating systems. 
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It will introduce concepts of surface engineering and how surface engineering may be used to optimise a component’s performance. You will also learn suitable analytical techniques used to evaluate and characterise surfaces and thin samples.

At a glance

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of surface engineering
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge for the systematic application of alternative technologies used to fabricate coating systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physics and chemistry of physical vapour deposition and chemical vapour deposition and their relevance to industry
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of plasma/surface interactions and their relevance to industry
  • Demonstrate understanding and critical awareness of current principles of optical coating design
  • Evaluate the microstructure characteristics used to describe materials
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of the techniques used to characterise the surface and the principals behind their operation.

Core content

  • Philosophy of surface engineering, general applications and requirements. Principles and design of optical coatings. Physics of the plasma state and plasma surface interactions. Surface engineering as part of a manufacturing process. Integrating coating systems into the design process. Coating manufacturing processes. Electro deposition. Flame spraying. Plasma spray. Physical vapour deposition. Chemical vapour deposition. HIP surface treatments. Sol-gel coatings. Spin coating methods

  • Analytical Techniques: X-ray diffraction, TEM, SEM and EDX, WDX analysis, surface analysis by AES, XPS and SIMS, overview of other techniques

  • Coating systems for optical applications. Multilayered coating architectures. Anti-reflection coatings. Wavelength selective coating design.


Dr Yuri Zhuk, Founder and Technical Director of Hardide coatings will be lecturing on CVD coatings.

Yuri started his career as a scientist and has more than 25 years of successful international technology business experience in advanced materials. He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Physics and a PhD degree in Plasma Physics and Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and an MBA from the Open University in the UK. Yuri managed the Company’s CVD coating technology development from early laboratory stage to the aerospace-approved manufacturing technology now used by blue chip customers. He has participated in several fundraisings from the first seed capital round to the Hardide plc listing on the London Stock Exchange AIM market. As Technical Director, Yuri is responsible for all aspects of development of the Company’s technology. He is the author of patents and numerous scientific and technical publications and has presented Hardide’s technology at leading international conferences. Yuri brings in-depth knowledge of advanced coatings and surface engineering technology, proven expertise in management of R&D and commercialisation of advanced materials, technology start-ups, patenting and intellectual property management.

John Nicholls
Christine Chalk
Jeff Rao
Sue Impey
Chris Shaw
Zhaorong Huang


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.