The Research, Teaching and History of
Polymers, Plastics, Rheology and Processing
This web site is about subjects on Polymers, Plastics, Rheology and Processing that covers a research active period from the 1970s to 2020 followed by reflective assessments up to the current time.
A significant amount of the work is visual and for example all the graphics shown above have their own special stories to tell.
The site should prove useful to people who want relatively simple and often visual explanations about a range of scientific and engineering topics. The web site also provides a teaching and research record of work I was involved with at Bristol, Sussex and Cambridge University. Powerpoint presentations and lecture notes can provide a different and simpler way to convey information when compared to formal publications.
There are specific sections on;
You will find short introductions to each of the headline topics followed by a selection of presentations that describe different aspects of the various scientific and technological fields. The presentations cover a lifetime (50 years!) of research in different areas of science, followed by innovation and then application to processes and products.
There are also my Cambridge University lecture notes on both;
Filament stretch and breakup.
Work on filament breakup carried out in conjunction with CEMEF at Sophia Antipolis, France in the 2000s, can be found at;
Science, Engineering and innovation all have visual and creative parts and some aspects are covered in“Something to say”. The section includes short articles such as how scientists and engineers can be thought of as creative people in addition to a range of topics that could be classified as opinions rather than scientific facts. There is a cluster of very visual Movie clips ,again most of the movies involve flow describing various processes and experiments.
Plastics use and reuse.
2016 was a watershed when I belatedly realised that although ‘Plastics are Fantastic’, they have also created ‘Global Plastics Cancer’.
I have recently (2022) included a short piece on the ‘Future of Plastics’.
Stretching Rheology and Symmetry to the limits!
Covid-19 resulted in a 2020 Institute for Non Newtonian Fluid Mechanics (INNFM) Port Merrion (Wales) meeting to be cancelled and so below I include the contribution that I would have given. The talk is a story that links my connections with Wales and highlights two areas of research one carried out in the 1970s and the other, forty years later in the 2010s. There are notes for each slide
Process and Product Innovation was a very important part of our work and you will find sections on several separate inventions.
How to turn a low cost thermoplastic into a super stiff fibre.
How to create inertial fluid mixing without ‘classic’ turbulence.
How to shape form chocolate without melting it.
How to form multiple hollow channels in a plastic film.
Fiction; something different!
If you are looking for a fiction scientific/technology story to read, why not try my novel? The book was written in the 1990s with an epilogue added in the 2000s. I wonder if you can pick up how the world had changed between these dates, even after such a relatively short period of time?
The scientific research described in this web page has either been created by myself or an army of Postoctoral or PhD students working with me at Bristol, Sussex, CEMEF (France) and Cambridge. I am indebted to all their talents in contributing to this work and acknowledge their invaluable contribution. Any publications that appear on this web site are for educational purposes only.