Core Technical Modules

MS 1 Structure and Properties

Personal Profile:Dr. Steffi Krause gained her PhD in 1994 at the Humboldt-University of Berlin working on the development and characterization of a field-effect oxygen sensor. Her postdoctoral research at the Universities of Newcastle and Glasgow focused on the development of new biosensor principles. She worked as a Lecturer and later EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at the Chemistry Department of Sheffield University from 1997 to 2004 and then moved to the Materials Department at Queen Mary. Her research interest is in impedance and potential imaging of thin films and biologial samples using Light-Addressable Potentiometric Sensors and the development of enzyme detectors for medical applications.

MS 2 Processing and Applications

Personal Profile:Prof Reece’s research at QMUL has focused on ferroelectric / ferroelastic / piezoelectric materials. A major theme in this work is the effect of ferroelectric / ferroelastic switching on their mechanical properties and degradation. Recent research topics are: characterization of the electromechanical properties of ferroelectric thin films using nanoindentation; development of new ferroelectric ceramics with super high Curie points (>1,000C) for application as high temperature piezoelectric sensors; rapid sintering techniques to produce new materials. Recently set up the first Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace in the UK. This is being used to develop new and novel structural and functional ceramics and composites. This includes materials with nanoscale microstructures, high texture and non-equilibrium phases. A longterm objective of his work is to commercialize materials prepared by SPS through knowledge transfer and spin-outs. He is a Director of Nanoforce Technology Ltd, a spin-out company of QMUL. Nanoforce focuses on the development of new processing routes for nanomaterials that can be commercialized. He is a visiting Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University and Invited Professor at The Shanghai Institute of Ceramics. He founded the Ceramic Matrix Composite Forum while at NPL (1992-99). He was a member of the IoM3 Electronics Applications Divisional Board (2002-07). He was the founding chair for the IoM3 Functional Materials Committee (2008-2012). Editor of Advances in Applied Ceramics (2012-). Editorial Borad of Journal of Advanced Dielectrics. Royal Society Industry Fellow (2011-2015). His PhD research was on the microstructures of synthetic and natural ferrites. This was followed by postdoctoral research on fracture and fatigue crack growth in structural ceramics at room and high temperature. Worked at the National Physical Laboratory on problems associated with the mechanical and microstructural characterization of structural and functional ceramics. Current research interests at QMUL are focused on the processing and electro-thermal-mechanical properties of functional ceramics, including ferroelectrics and thermoelectrics.

Surfaces and Interfaces

Personal Profile:Professor of Biomedical Materials; Joined Queen Mary in 2005. Before was a group leader at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany. Main research interests are (Bio)-chemical reactions in restricted volumes, nano-engineering of colloid particles, thin films, drug delivery, multifunctional materials, artificial cells, and intracellular sensing.

Polymer Chemistry

Personal Profile:Senior Lecturer in Materials Science. His main research focus is on preparation of designed functional polymers. He is interested in developing new synthesis techniques, catalysts, initiators and monomers. He uses advanced polymer synthesis techniques such as controlled radical polymerizations, anionic polymerization, cationic polymerization as well as click reactions. In particular, metal free click reactions provide excellent polymeric materials that can be used in various applications.

Materials Selection in Design

Personal Profile:Professor of Materials, Director of Industrial Engagement; James has been the Head of the Soft Matter Group at QMUL since 1994. During his time here he has innovated extensively with his teaching as was reflected by his award of a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009. He has also been recognised for his research excellence by the award of the Colwyn Medal (the premier medal for rubber research awarded by the IOM3) in 2009 and the Sparks-Thomas Award (also for rubber research by the ACS) in 2010. Before 1994, he designed suspension components for an automotive industry supply company, designing systems for companies such as Jaguar, Volvo and Mercedes.

Environmental Properties of Materials

Personal Profile: Professor of Materials; Ton Peijs' research area is in Polymer Nanotechnology. He received his PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) and joined Queen Mary in 1999. He is a visiting professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) and Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (ICE-HT), Patras University (Greece). His research interests cover the whole technology platform from processing and characterisation to the performance evaluation and applications of polymers and their composites. In recent years, his work has mainly focused on the utilization of nanoscale architecture in polymers and composites, the creation of high-performance fibres for advanced all-polymer composites, intelligent fibres for smart textiles, and the development of novel materials based on renewable resources.


Personal Profile:As Reader in Biomedical Materials, her research is focused around the development of pioneering biomaterials and healthcare therapies through development of novel materials and processing technologies and investigation of the phenomena behind bio-compatibility, and the stimulation of tissue regeneration. She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms behind enhanced bone healing or regeneration in the presence of porous synthetic scaffolds. She also has extensive experience in translating research from the bench to the bed side through her involvement in the successful development and commercialisation of a progressive series of synthetic bone graft substitute materials with tuneable hierarchical structures to support rapid, reliable bone regeneration, which are now in global clinical use in a range of applications including trauma, joint revision and spine surgery.

Experiments in Materials

Personal Profile:Dr. Andrew Bushby currently is Director of Nano Visual Centre of QMUL. He was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and then Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Engineering and Materials Science of QMUL. As a member of Institute of Physics (IOP) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Micrology, he is a leading expert in the technique of nano indentation for small-scale mechanical property measurement. His research has focused on the origin of size effects in mechanical properties. Major research themes include the development of methods using spherical indenters, electromechanical properties of ferroelectric thin films, visco-elastic and composites materials, structure-properties relationships in calcified biological tissues and nano-structured crystalline materials.

Renewable Energy Materials

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Functional Polymers

Personal Profile:Prof. William Paul Gillin received his PhD at University of Surrey and currently is Director of Sino-British Materials Research Institute at Sichuan University and Director of Materials Research Institute, QMUL. He works primarily on the electrical and optical properties of organic materials. He currently has two main areas of research. Organic optical amplifiers based on lanthanide containing molecules and organic spintronics. He is High End Foreign Expert of the Chinese Government, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sichuan University, and Senior Visiting Researcher in Key State Laboratory for ASIC Design of Fudan University. He is member of International Advisory Committee for the “Photonics in the Space Environment” conference series, International Advisory Committee for Spins in organic semiconductors (SPINOS) conference series, Programme Committee SPINOS 2010 and Conference Chair SPINOS 2012.

Polymer Characterization

Personal Profile:Chen Yanhui, who received her Master degree and PhD in 2008 and 2013 respectively at Sichuan University, currently is Associate Professor and supervisor for Master students in NPU. Her research mainly focuses on controlling of morphological structure and performance relationship during the processing of semi-crystalline polymer composites. From November 2011 to November 2013, she was a research fellow in the research team led by Prof. Benjamin Hsiao in State University of New York at Stonybrook as part of Joint Cultivation Programme of National High-Level University Construction. She hosted one programme and participated as major researcher in 3 programmes granted by National Natural Science Foundation of China (The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Key International Cooperation Programme). She has published 14 papers including 7 as first author, cited for over 100 times by SCI. She has also got one patent, written one chapter for an English book and published 4 conference papers.


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Elastomer Materials

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Personal Profile:Prof. Dr. Jie Kong is a full professor in Polymer Chemistry at Northwestern Polytechnical University and Dean of QMUL Engineering School, NPU. Prior to joining NPU, he worked at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Postdoctoral Fellow and at University of Bayreuth as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. He studied at Northwestern Polytechnical University and received his Ph.D. in Material Science in 2004. His research interests include the design and synthesis of hyperbranched polymers, and their application in ceramic precursors, dielectronic materials and biomaterials. He has co-authored more than 102 peer-reviewed SCI papers in archival journals, such as Macromolecules, Polym. Chem., J. Phys. Chem.B/C, and ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. He is the principal investigator of four projects granted by National Natural Science Foundation of China, one project granted by the National Defense Technology Foundation for Scientific Research of China (national level), and six projects granted by Aeronautical Science Foundation at provincial or ministerial level. Prof. Kong is the Council Member of Youth Committee of Chinese Materials Research Society, Council Member of and Shaanxi Province Chemical Society, Secretary of Humboldt-Club XI’AN. He is honored as New Century Excellent Talent in Chinese University and Excellent Young Scholar Award of Shaanxi Chemistry. He is co-chair of Precursor-Derived Ceramics Session in the 6th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC6), August 2016, Dresden, Germany, Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (handing manuscripts in chemistry field).

Polymer Degradation

Personal Profile:Yan Yi, born in 1983, was a postdoctoral fellow in Chemistry and Chemistry and Biology at Queen's University in Canada and South Carolina University in the US respectively. Currently, he is Professor and supervisor for Master students in School of Natural and Applied Science. He is now hosting programmes granted by National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province, open programmes of State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials and so on. His research interests mainly focus on synthesis, manufacture, package and functionalization of functional metal hybrid materials. He has cooperated with a number of research institutes such as Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jilin University, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Tianjin University, Nankai University, and research institutes in America, Canada, and Britain. His research includes hybridization of functional polyoxometalate, synthesis of stimuli responsive materials and package of supramolecular, surfactant of polyoxometalate and colloidal interface, synthesis and package of functional polymers, metal supramolecular, synthesis and function of polymers and so forth.


Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations

Personal Profile:Wang Haifeng is Professor of School of Materials Science and Engineering and was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow of Institut für Materialphysik im Weltraum, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt in Germany. His research interests focus on non-equilibrium theory, non-equilibrium solidification theory of multiphase alloy, transition theory of non-equilibrium solid-state phase, non-equilibrium materials, preparation of bulk amorphous materials, and mechanical property study. He has hosted more than 10 programmes granted by National Natural Science Foundation of China and participated in several “973” programmes and key programmes of National Natural Science Foundation of China. His main projects include Youth Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (51101122): “study on non-equilibrium solidification theory of multicomponent alloys based on macro-micro methods”; Surface Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (51371149): “study on thermodynamics and dynamics of binary eutectic three-phase boundary”; programme granted by Henry Fok Young Teacher Fund (151048): “student on composites preparation and mechanical property of damage tolerant Ti-based metallic glass – dendrite”.



Metals 1 Deformation and Strengthening

Metals 2 Alloy Systems and Heat Treatment

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Fracture Mechanics

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Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics