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Expert in Composite, Polymer, Environment, Durability, Adhesive, Urethane, Thermal Analysis, Failure Analysis

Expert ID: 729297 United Kingdom

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Currently working on development and testing of biodegradable polymer blends (some nanocomposite in structure) for commercial applications, although development is from fundamental materials science viewpoint this includes oversight of scale up and production trials. The work is heavily reliant on an understanding of polymer science, composite behaviour, and both mechanical and thermal analysis.

Over the last 10 years, Expert's work has generally concerned the analysis of polymers and composites, seeking to solve problems based on an understanding of the fundamental materials science. This encompassed 4 years working on production, failure analysis and remediation of underwater systems subject to aggressive service conditions; much of this work focused on polyurethanes, adhesive bonding, and environmental durability. He then pursued studies for PhD, spending 3 years developing specialist fibreoptics and demonstrating their feasibilty for novel built in condition monitoring in composites. Working on a variety of materials systems, in different teams has allowed him to develop wide ranging experience in mechanical testing and thermal analysis, with due concern for the validity of the test. He is experienced in providing advice to other engineers in how best to approach the testing in order to obtain not only good raw data, but relevant to their line of enquiry.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2010 Degree: PhD Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: University of Sheffield
Year: 2001 Degree: BEng Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Undisclosed Department: Mechanical Engineering Responsibilities: Development of biodegradable polymers with improved durability, for packaging of water and chemicals.
Responsible for research, sourcing, manufacture and testing, oversight of prototyping and process scale-up.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Undisclosed Title: PhD Student Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Conducting feasibility study on chemical health monitoring of composites using evanescent wave spectroscopy.
Years: 2001 to 2005 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Materials Engineer Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Support to production; process control, failure analysis, specialist testing, materials obsolescence monitoring.
Support to project and trials work; failure analysis, design and implementaion of remedial measures.
Years: 2001 to 2001 Employer: University of Sheffield / Magna Science Adventure Centre Title: Engineer Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Chassis redesign and construction for a fleet of small autonomous robots for public display.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IoMMM
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 8 conference papers and one journal paper.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Ability for basic (if slow) discussion.
German Basic communication to get around.

Fields of Expertise

biodegradable plastic, composite material characterization, degradable plastic, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, material analysis, nanocomposite, plastics research and development, polymer characterization, polymer material analysis, polymer mechanical property, polymer mechanical property testing, polymer property, polymer-clay nanocomposite, natural fiber composite, thermoplastic composite, plastic failure analysis, plastic handling, polyester, polymer aging, polymer physics, advanced composite forming, polymer modulus of elasticity, composite molding, polycaprolactone, amorphous plastic, carbon-fiber composite, composite material testing, polymer crystallinity, plastic stability, polyurethane processing equipment, amorphous polymer, fiber-reinforced composite structure toxicity, composite material repair, accelerated environmental testing, thermal aging, bottle resin, fiberglass-reinforced composite fabrication, polyurethane adhesive, urethane elastomer, composite structure environmental exposure assessment, fiberglass-reinforced composite, glass-filled polyester, advanced composite manufacturing, advanced composite processing, polymer thermal property, polymer viscoelastic property, plastic solvent, plastic bottle, adhesion testing, glass fiber, polymer thermal analysis, thermoplastic material analysis, plastic physical property, composite material processing technology, polyurethane manufacturing, composite material impact damage evaluation, autoclave composite processing, polymer adhesive, advanced composite technology, advanced composite, physical property testing, plastic forming, reinforced plastic, plastic adhesion, polymer crystallization, viscoelastic material mechanical property, plastic molding, polymer science, prepreg material, laminate material, fiber-reinforced composite, fiber-reinforced plastic, polymer bonding, composite material failure, adhesive failure, plastic failure, mechanical property testing, hygrothermally shape-stable composite, food packaging plastic, mechanical test, polymer blending, reinforced composite, biopolymer, polymer blend, organic polymer, physical property, thermomechanical analysis, polyurethane material, polyurethane, polymer, polymer matrix composite, polymer compounding, polymer chemistry, plastic injection molding, graphite organic composite, graphite epoxy composite, glass fiber polymer composite, materials failure analysis, epoxy matrix composite, epoxy adhesive, composite material processing, composite failure analysis, composite material, calorimetry

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