Dr Thomas Lewis

Industrial Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295600

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Open Plan Office - A201
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus


Dr Thomas Lewis (EngD) AIMMM started his Swansea University journey undertaking a BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering. He swiftly graduated into the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in Materials Engineering; with Tata Steel as the industry sponsor, his research focused on expanding the understanding and development of newer generation commercial galvanising alloys.

Tom moved on for a spell to work with Swansea University and Tata Steel, in supporting the creation and establishment of the now Steel and Metals Institute, an open access facility for innovation in the heart of Swansea’s Singleton Campus.

Returning to research as a Post-Doctoral Research Officer, his focus cycled back into corrosion science. Aside from supporting EngD and Masters research, his attention was in two main areas. Firstly, alternative and greener corrosion inhibitors in place of conventional chemistries that possess deleterious effects to humans and their hosts - the environment! More specifically, utilising compounds that could be given a second life instead of being treated as a waste product, from sectors such as the food industry – including the likes of green tea. Secondly, zinc-based alloy development by adjusting chemistries and microstructural properties to improve all-important corrosion resistance. A more corrosion resistant alloy possessing longer lifetimes will make the investment in energy (think: carbon emissions) via raw materials, production, processing, and installation, arguably more worthwhile from environmental and economical standpoints.

Areas Of Expertise

  • • Functional Industrial Coatings
  • • Localised Corrosion
  • Metallic Coatings
  • Galvanised Alloys
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Electrochemistry
  • Data Analysis
  • Metallurgy