School of Marine Science and Technology

Staff Profile

Dr Nicholas Aldred

SAgE Research Fellow



I am a Research Fellow in the School of Marine Science and Technology, with interests in biological adhesion and marine biofouling processes. My main focus is investigation of the adhesives and adhesive interfaces of sessile marine organisms, such as barnacles, also developing methods to quantify and interrogate their settlement and pre-settlement behaviour. The applications of my research are in the development of synthetic bioadhesives for hi-tech applications and fouling-resistant materials for marine use.

Current position

US Office of Naval Research grant (AS Clare, N. Aldred, JA Finlay). Laboratory measures of the settlement behavior of barnacles and algae, and evaluation of novel antifouling coatings.


PhD, Newcastle University (2007) on: The adhesion and adhesives of barnacles (Balanus amphitrite; Semibalanus balanoides) and mussels (Mytilus edulis). 

B.Sc. (Hons.) in Marine Biology (2002) from The University of Wales, Bangor.

Grants awarded

  • The Leverhulme Trust (PI): "
  • COST Action
  • ONR Global
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory 
  • US Office of Naval Research Global collaborative science funding
  • ESF COST Action TD0906 (co-applicant) - "Biological adhesives: from biology to biomimetics" project led by the University of Mons
  • US Office of Naval Research Global . (2011)
  • EU Framework 6 SYNTHESIS funding. (2010)
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal). (2009)

Google Scholar Metrics

Author of over 35 peer-reviewed publications attracting over 200 citations per year, in total (H-Index = 16).

2 papers have over 100 citations and several appear in top multidisciplinary journals, including Nature Communications (3rd in Multidisciplinary Sciences) and the Journal of the Royal Society Interface (7th in Multidisciplinary Sciences).

Research highlights

The oily adhesive of barnacle larvae, e.g. (

Front cover of JEB in June 2013,

Front cover of the journal Biointerphases in 2010.

Invited talks and positions

  • Co-organiser and session chair of the 1st and 2nd International Conferences on Biological and Bio-Inspired adhesives, Lisbon May 2012 and Istanbul May 2014.
  • UK Managing Committee representative and Working Group leader, "Structural characterization of natural and synthetic adhesives" of COST Action TD0906 - Biological Adhesives: From Biology to Biomimetics.
  • Invited presentations at:

- The 17th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling (ICMCF), Singapore, July 2014. (Session organiser)

- The 2nd International Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives, Istanbul, May 2014. (Session chair)

- The 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, April 2013. (Session chair)

- Organiser of Horizon 2020 Consortium Building workshop, Newcastle, September 2012.

- Session Chair at the 1st International Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives, Lisbon, May 2012. (Session chair)

- The 16th ICMCF, Seattle, July 2012.

- The ‘Bioglue’ conference, Vienna, November 2010. (Plenary and session chair)

- The 15th ICMCF, Newcastle, July 2010.

- The 43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress, Glasgow, July 2010.

- "Nano- and Bio- Inspired Adhesion, a special meeting of the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives", London, April 2007.

- The 13th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling, Rio de Janeiro, July 2006.