Our Polymer Science and Engineering research programmes have a long and esteemed history and today span a diverse range of themes and topics that have relevance to industrial needs worldwide.
Focus for polymer research
Our polymer research is closely integrated and encompasses the research of several members of academic staff, both individually and in collaboration. The research is built around fundamental studies of structure-property relationships for polymer materials of current and future importance.
Active areas of polymer research include: -Biopolymers -Coatings and Films -Composites -Deformation Micromechanics -Fibres -Multiphase Polymers -Polymer Colloids -Polymerisation -Polymer Processing -Responsive Polymers
Many of our polymer research projects are carried out in collaboration with industry and have important implications for the polymer materials sector.
To underpin the research and teaching activities, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.
To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.