Professor David Worsley

Professor Worsley is the Principle Investigator for SUNRISE. His research interests span coatings used for corrosion protection to renewable energy generation.

He is author and co-author of 129 refereed scientific publications on coated product development. He has worked closely with the coatings industry since being appointed to the Materials Research Centre in the mid-1990s, following an industry sponsored PhD (Johnson Matthey), an Industrial Fellowship (Astra Zeneca) and a British Steel Fellowship.

Professor Worsley is Research Director on the £20 million SPECIFIC (Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings) project, which aims to harness the power of solar energy to turn buildings into power stations. SPECIFIC is supported by EPSRC and TSB together with a range of partners including Tata Steel, Pilkington Glass, and BASF.

He is Vice President (Innovation) for Swansea University. As a ‘Tata sponsored Professor’ he has set-up the Steels and Metals Institution at the university.

In 2015, Professor Worsley was awarded the prestigious Hadfield Medal and Prize by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), in recognition of his distinguished work in the field of materials science and engineering and in particular, his achievements connected with the iron and steel industries.


  • Construction steel
  • Solution processed perovskite solar cells
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics
  • Coating applications and development
  • Corrosion science and engineering
  • Flexible electronics
  • Printing
  • Metallic coating
  • PVD and CVD