Contact Dr Jeff Rao

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing of Functional Materials
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sensor Technologies
  • Smart Materials
  • Surface Engineering


After completig my PhD from Surrey University, I was awarded a fellowship by The Royal Society and worked at the Superconductivity Research Laboratory in Tokyo. After completing my tenure, I joined Balzers in Japan as a process engineering supporting companies manufacturing LCDs. I returned to the UK as a senior process engineer, working on assignments in both Ireland and The Netherlands. I joined Cranfield in 2002 and undertook an MBA at the Cranfield School of Management in 2007.

Current activities

Coatings research and the development of SMART coatings and surfaces that mimmick nature (biomimmicking).

Short course coordinator -  teaching on engineering short courses designed to give industry a hands-on approach and provide extensive training with a range of coating manufacturing methods.

Admissions Tutor for the materials programme. 

Course Director of Manufacturing Technology & Management


A brief list of clients I have worked with include:

1. Whirlpool (Brazil)

2. Autoglym (UK)

3. Astrium (UK)

4. Rolls Royce (UK)

5. Novartis (UK)

6. Daido Bearings Europe (UK/Japan)

7. Safran (UK)

8. Sensornite (Bulgaria)


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • White CB, Rao J, Roberts GT, Chambers AR, Lawson KJ & Nicholls JR (2003) The development of carbon-based sensors for the measurement of atomic oxygen. In: 9th International Symposium on Materials in a Space Environment, Noordwijk, 16 June 2003.