Dr Mary Taylor

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School of Metallurgy and Materials
Senior Research Fellow

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School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Mary Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow in the department of Metallurgy and Materials. She is active in the field of high temperature oxidation of alloys and coatings. She has published work on the chemical failure of coating systems and creep testing of coatings. She has also developed and patented an a chromia forming thermal barrier coating system.


  • PhD in Plasma-Spraying Hydroxyapatite Coatings, 1995.
  • MEng in Materials Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1990.


On leaving school Mary Taylor trained and worked as a medical physics technician in the NHS.  She began her undergraduate studies in the department of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham and qualified with an MEng in Materials Engineering in 1990. She combined her medical physics knowledge and practical experience with her degree subject during her PhD studies in the plasma-spraying of hydroxyapatite (the artificial bone mineral) for hip implants. She was awarded a PhD in 1995. 

Following this Mary turned her abilities to producing plasma-sprayed coatings for high temperature applications and has continued to work in that field ever since. She has investigated the effects of high temperature oxidation on the chemical failure of alloys substrates and coatings, development a technique and obtained measurements of the creep properties of coating materials and has developed a thermal barrier coating for use in corrosive environments.



  • Supervision on Final year projects

Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of final year undergraduates and postgraduates in testing and laboratory techniques for sample preparation



  • High Temperature oxidation of alloys and metallic coatings.


  • Oxidation of nickel-based superalloys, overlay and bond coats in thermal barrier coating systems.
  • Development of a chromia forming thermal barrier coating system.
  • Creep properties of metallic coatings

Other activities

  • Member of a UK-based Thermal Barrier Coatings Discussion Group
  • On the organising committee of the Conference entitled Microscopy of Oxidation


Mary Taylor, Rengen Ding, Paul Mignanelli, Mark Hardy, Oxidation behaviour of a developmental nickel-based alloy and the role of minor elements,  Corrosion Science 196 (2022) 110002.

R-L. Mobbs, J.D. Ramsay, T.D. Reynolds, S. Gray, S. Osgerby, M.P. Taylor, Simultaneous thermographic and optical recording media examination of tthe first oxide spallation event from the surface of an austenitic stainless steel,  Corrosion Science 179 (2021) 109103.

J.D. Ramsay, H.E. Evans, D.J. Child, M.P. Taylor, M.C. Hardy The influence of stress on the oxidation of a Ni-based superalloy,  Corrosion Science 154 (2019) 277–285

T.D. Reynolds, D.M. Collins, N.K. Soor, S.R. Street, N. Warnken, P.M. Mignanelli, M.C. Hardy, H.E. Evans, M.P. Taylor,  Identifying heating rate dependent oxidation reactions on a nickel-based superalloy using synchrotron diffraction, Acta Materialia 181 (2019) 570–583

R. Ding, M. P. Taylor, Y. L. Chiu,  N. Smith, C. W. Mowforth, H. E. Evans,  Influence of Pre‑oxidation on Filamentary Carbon Deposition on 20Cr25Ni Stainless Steel,  Oxidation of Metals (2019) 91:589–607

R.-L. Mobbs, S. Osgerby, M. P. Taylor & H. E. Evans,  The effect of thermal cycling on steam oxidation behaviour of TP347H FG at 650 °C, Materials at High Temperatures (2018) vol. 35, Nos. 1–3, 291–298

T. D. Reynolds, M. P. Taylor, D. J. Child & H. E. Evans,  The effect of elevated air pressure on the oxidation properties of the nickel-based superalloy, RR1000, at 650°C with different surface modifications, Materials at High Temperatures (2018) vol. 35, Nos. 1–3, 130–140

S. Rai, M.P. Taylor, Y.L. Chiu, H.E. Evans, B.J. Connoll, N. Smith, C.W. Mowforth,Electron microscopy study of the formation mechanism of catalytic nickel rich particles and the role of carbonyl sulphide in the suppression of carbon deposition on 20Cr-25Ni steel, Materials Characterization 144 (2018) 505–515

R. Pillai, M. P. Taylor, T. Galiullin, A. Chyrkin, E. Wessel, H. Evans & W. J. QuadakkersPredicting the microstructural evolution in a multilayered corrosion resistant coating on a Ni-base superalloy,  Materials at High Temperatures (2018) vol. 35, Nos. 1–3, 78–88

R. Ding, M.P. Taylor, C.W. Mowforth, N. Smith, Y.L. Chiu, B.J. Connoll, H.E. Evans, Influence of low CO concentration on catalysed carbon deposition on 20Cr25Ni steel in CO2 environments containing ethene,  Corrosion Science 143 (2018) 56–64

Mary Taylor, Hugh Evans, Peter Smith, Rengen Ding, Yu Lung Chiu, Subash Rai, Brian Connolly, Neal Smith, Lesley Pearson,

Clive Mowforth,  The Effect of Temperature and Carbonyl Sulphide on Carbon Deposition on 20Cr25Ni Stainless Steel,  Oxid Met (2017) 87:667–678

M. P. Taylor, P. J. R. Smith and H. E. Evans,  Modelling of the interdiffusion and oxidation of a multilayered chromia forming thermal barrier coating,  Materials and Corrosion (2017) 68, No. 2, 215-219

S. Cruchley, H.E. Evans & M.P. Taylor, An overview of the oxidation of Ni-based superalloys for turbine disc applications: surface condition, applied load and mechanical performance, Materials at High Temperatures (2016) vol. 33 Nos. 4 & 5, 465-475

D. Khoshkhou, M. Mostafavi, C. Reinhard, M.P. Taylor, D.S. Rickerby, I.M. Edmonds, 

T.J. Marrow, B.J. Connoll, H.E. Evans,  Three-dimensional displacement mapping of diffused Pt thermal barrier coatings via synchrotron X-ray computed tomography and digital volume correlation,  Scripta Materialia 115 (2016) 100–103

S. Cruchley, M.P. Taylor, R. Ding, H.E. Evans, D.J. Child, M.C. Hardy,  Comparison of Chromia Growth Kinetics in a Ni-based Superalloy, with and without Shot-peening,  Corrosion Science 100 (2015) 242–252 

P. J. R. Smith, M. P. Taylor, H. E. Evans, N. E. Murray, C. McMillan, J. Cherrington,  The Oxidation and Interdiffusion of a Chromia Forming Multilayered TBC System,  Oxid Met (2014) 81:47–55

S. Cruchley, M. P. Taylor, H. E. Evans, M. C. Hardy & D. J. Child,  Characterisation of subsurface oxidation damage in Ni based superalloy, RR1000 Materials Science and Technology (2014) vol. 30 No 15, 1884-1889

S. Cruchley, H.E. Evans, M.P. Taylor, M.C. Hardy, S. Stekovic,  Chromia layer growth on a Ni-based superalloy: Sub-parabolic kinetics and the role of titanium,  Corrosion Science 75 (2013) 58–66

Taylor M.P., Evans H.E., Stekovic S. and Hardy M.C., The Oxidation Characteristics of the Ni-based Superalloy, RR1000, at Temperatures of 700-900oC,  Materials at High Temperatures, (2012) 29:2, 145-150

Taylor M.P., Evans H.E., Gray S. and J.R. Nicholls, A chromia forming thermal barrier coating system, Materials and Corrosion, (2010)  n/a. doi: 10.1002/maco.201005881.

Busso E.P., Evans H.E., Qian Z.Q. and Taylor M.P., Effects of breakaway oxidation on local stresses in thermal barrier coatings, Acta Mater, (2010) Vol. 58, Iss 4, pp 1242-1251.

Busso E.P., Qian Z.Q., Taylor M.P. and Evans H.E.,  The influence of bondcoat and topcoat mechanical properties on stress development in thermal barrier coating systems, Acta Mater, (2009), Vol. 57, p. 2349.

Taylor M.P., Pragnell W.M. and Evans H.E., The influence of bond coat surface roughness on chemical failure and delamination in TBC systems, Mater Corros (2008) Vol.59, p. 508

Taylor MP, Evans HE, Busso EP and Qian ZQ. Creep properties of a Pt–aluminide coating. Acta Mater (2006) Vol. 54, Iss. 12, p3241 -3252.

Evans HE, Taylor MP. Delamination Processes in Thermal Barrier Coating Systems, J Corros Sci Eng, (2003) 6, H10.

Evans H.E. and Taylor M.P., Diffusion Cells and Chemical Failure of MCrAlY Bond Coats in Thermal Barrier Coating Systems. Oxidation of Metals, (2001) Vol. 55, Nos 1/2, pp17-34.

M.P.Taylor and H.E.Evans,  The Influence of Bond Coat Surface Roughness and Structure on the Oxidation of a Thermal Barrier Coating System. Materials Science Forum, (2001), Vols. 369-372, pp 711-718.

M.P.Taylor, H.E.Evans, C.B.Ponton and J.R. Nicholls (2000), A Method for Evaluating the Creep Properties of Overlay coatings. Surface and Coatings Technology Vol. 124, pp13-18.

Taylor M.P., Niranatlumpong P., Evans H.E.and Ponton C.B., Observations of the Spallation Modes in an Overlay Coating and the Corresponding Thermal Barrier Coating System, Materials at High Temperatures, (2000) Vol. 17(2). pp219-224.

Evans H.E.and Taylor M.P.,  Creep relaxation and the spallation of oxide layers, Surface Coatings and Technology (1997) , Vol. 94-5 (1-3): pp 27-33.