The Ian Ward Lecture

Single Polymer Composites: Invention, Exploitation and the Future. Presented by Dr Peter Hine, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds

This lecture will introduce you to the new class of lightweight composites materials, Curv (TM), pioneered by the Soft Matter Research Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, where both the reinforcing phase and the matrix phase are polymeric, termed single polymer composites. The talk will describe the details of the initial research based around the melt spun high modulus polyethylene fibres (invented previously at Leeds), through to the commercialisation of an all-polypropylene single polymer composite Curv(TM). The lecture will also present more recent work investigating the hybridisation of Curv(TM) with carbon fibres, and then bring the story right up to date with a presentation of current ongoing research to develop a cellulose based version of these novel composite materials.

The Ian Ward Lecture is an annual lecture, hosted by the Soft Matter Physics Group at Leeds, held in honour of the outstanding contribution of Professor Ian Ward F.R.S to the Group, to the University as a whole and more widely to the National and International Polymer Physics community.

There will be a small drinks reception after the lecture.

For more information and details on this event and to register you interest please visit Eventbrite.

This year will also be Professor Ian Ward’s 90th birthday, and you are invited to leave a message for Professor Ward on the noticeboard below: 

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