Imperial College London

Prof Alexander Bismarck

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Visiting Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 5578a.bismarck Website




Mrs Sarah Payne +44 (0)20 7594 5567




526ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus






Date Role
2009- Professor of Polymer Materials, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2006-2009 Reader in Advanced Materials, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2002-2006 Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2001-2002 R&D Engineer/Project Leader, Sulzer Innotec, Dept. Mechanical Systems, Section Composite Engineering, later Sulzer Composites, Winterthur, Switzerland (since 01.05.2002 Gurit Suprem)
1999- 2001 Post-doctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Bob Aveyard and Dr. John H. Clint, Surfactant & Colloid Group, Department of Chemistry, The University of Hull
1995- 1999 Dr. rer.-nat. (PhD) in Chemistry, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Technische Chemie, Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie. Thesis title: "Chemische Modifizierung von Carbonfasern: Elektrokinetische und oberflächenenergetische Charakterisierung, Einfluss auf die Adhäsion zu thermoplastischen Polymeren"
1991-1995 Dipl.-Chem., Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)

Research interests

My research group, the Polymer & Composite Engineering (PaCE) Group, is a multi-disciplinary team with research interests in the manufacture and characterisation of fibre reinforced high performance (nano) composites, porous materials and hydrogels. We focus on the the development of renewable materials, biomaterials for applications in tissue engineering, composite super-capacitors and emulsion templating for the synthesis of porous polymers (so called polymerisable High Internal Phase Emulsions (polyHIPEs)). Furthermore, the group is interested in the social dimensions of materials research.

For more information about our research activities, facilities and the group please visit our webpage:


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lee K-Y, Ho KKC, Schlufter K, et al., 2012, Hierarchical composites reinforced with robust short sisal fibre preforms utilising bacterial cellulose as binder, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:72, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:1479-1486

Ikem VO, Menner A, Horozov TS, et al., 2010, Highly Permeable Macroporous Polymers Synthesized from Pickering Medium and High Internal Phase Emulsion Templates, Advanced Materials, Vol:22, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:3588-+

Pommet M, Juntaro J, Heng JYY, et al., 2008, Surface modification of natural fibers using bacteria: Depositing bacterial cellulose onto natural fibers to create hierarchical fiber reinforced nanocomposites, Biomacromolecules, Vol:9, ISSN:1525-7797, Pages:1643-1651

Ikem VO, Menner A, Bismarck A, 2008, High Internal Phase Emulsions Stabilized Solely by Functionalized Silica Particles, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol:47, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:8277-8279

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