Future Materials Group

BioreactorAbout the group

The Future Materials Group is a young and dynamic research group focusing on the development, engineering and manufacturing of (nano)cellulose, polymer (nano)composites, surface and interface engineering, particle-stabilised emulsions and foams.

Our research is highly multi-disciplinary, with an emphasis on the development and manufacturing of novel materials with a focus on tailoring the interface between two (or more) phases to bridge the gap between chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials science and engineering. The focus and application areas of our group include:

  • Cellulose and nanocellulose engineering
  • Design and fabrication of renewable polymer composites and cellulose nanocomposites
  • Surface and interface engineering to improve performance of high performance polymer (nano)composites
  • Life-cycle assessment of composite materials
  • Particle-stabilised emulsions and foams
  • Novel manufacturing techniques for polymer foams
  • Reuse, recycle and up-cycle waste materials