From 2000, Technical Officer within the Department
1983-1986, PhD, Dept. of Ceramics, Glasses and Polymers, University of Sheffield.
1979-1982, BSc, Chemistry with Polymer Science and Technology, University of Lancaster.
As one of the Department's technical officers, I am responsible for managing and maintaining the a variety of analytical instruments. One of the principle areas of research that I am involved with is rheology and materials processing. I am in charge of the Department's Rheology Centre, which includes a number of different instruments for investigating rheological behaviour:
- MultiPass Rheometer (MPR) - This is a unique double piston capillary rheometer developed by Professor Mackley. This rheometer can be used in conjunction with both optical birefringence and X-ray.
- Cambridge Shearing System (CSS) - This is a optical microscope stage that consists of two parallel glass plates. The bottom plate can be rotated allowing visual observation of a sample while it is sheared. The CSS was developed by Professor Mackley and is manufactured by Linkam Scientific Instruments.
- ARES - This is a controlled strain rheometer. There is a small charge for its use by researchers from the university.
- Bohlin - This is a controlled stress rheometer. There is a small charge for its use by university researchers.
- Piezo Axial Vibrator (PAV) - This is a special rheometer for studying the dynamic rheological behaviour of low viscosity fluids at high frequencies (up to 10,000 Hz). There is a small charge for its use by university researchers.
Training and Teaching
I am happy to train undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to use the different instrument that I manage. I am also involved in the supervision of student research projects and provide assistance and advice on experimental design and the interpretation of rheological data. I supervise the Department's Part Ib Chemical Engineering laboratory classes, which run during the Michaelmas and Lent terms.
Other Professional Activities
I am happy to conduct short-term consultancy projects for organisations outside the university. Consultancy agreements for this work are arranged through Cambridge Enterprise, the university's commercial arm. Please contact me if you have a project that you think I might be able to assist you with.