Contact Dr Francesco Fanicchia

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing of Functional Materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Surface Engineering
  • Sustainable Manufacturing


Dr. Fanicchia is Senior Lecturer in High Temperature Surface Engineering in the Surface Engineering and Precision Centre, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM). He has both a BSc and a MSc in Materials Science from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) and in 2013 he moved to the UK to pursue his PhD in Materials Science at The University of Nottingham. He then gained industrial research experience in Surface Engineering at TRT Ltd and TWI Ltd (UK), before joining Cranfield University in 2022 as a Senior Lecturer. 

Dr. Fanicchia is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and an associate member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). 

Since his appointment at Cranfield, he is also Operations leader for the National High Temperature Surface Engineering Centre within the Henry Royce Institute. 

Research opportunities


Current activities

Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) for aerospace applications

Smart multi-layered coatings with enhanced mechanical and corrosion performance

High Entropy Alloy (HEA) coatings

Coatings for hydrogen economy (permeation barrier, water vapour-resistant)

Design of coatings for neutron shielding applications in nuclear fusion reactors

Combinatorial coating deposition for accelerated material discovery






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