Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Materials Engineering



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Ambrose is a Reader in Materials Engineering, and is the leader of the ‘Nanomaterials’ group which specialises in the characterisation and modelling of particle-modified thermoset polymers. He has researched the impact and durability performance of rubber-toughened structural epoxy adhesives, and quantitatively predicted the lifetime of adhesive joints in fatigue. His current work is investigating the structure/property relationship of thermoset/inorganic hybrids, using epoxy, acrylic and cyanate ester polymers. He also has interests in using other nanomodifiers (e.g. layered silicates, carbon nanotubes and silica nanoparticles) as tougheners for thermosets. He is also investigating the microstructure and properties of epoxy adhesives modified with combinations of micro- and nanoparticles. The applications of these materials include structural adhesives, coatings and as the matrices of fibre-composite materials. He has held a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Post-doctoral Research Fellowship and a Royal Society Mercer Award for Innovation.


Ambrose heads the Nanomaterials Research activity.

The Nanomaterials group is concerned with measuring, modelling and predicting the performance of polymers and composites modified with nanoparticles, and with the formation of nanostructure materials. There is special emphasis on the fracture performance of these materials.

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Terry JS, Taylor AC, 2021, The properties and suitability of commercial bio-based epoxies for use in fiber-reinforced composites, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol:138, ISSN:0021-8995, Pages:1-12

Sorce FS, Ngo S, Lowe C, et al., 2021, The effect of structure-property relationships on the formability of pigmented polyester coatings, Progress in Organic Coatings, Vol:154, ISSN:0300-9440, Pages:1-12

Charalambides M, Zhang R, Taylor A, et al., 2021, A numerical investigation of interfacial and channelling crack growth rates under low-cycle fatigue in bi-layer materials relevant to cultural heritage, Journal of Cultural Heritage, ISSN:1296-2074

Mulakkal M, Castillo Castillo A, Taylor A, et al., 2021, Advancing mechanical recycling of multilayer plastics through finite element modelling and environmental policy, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol:166, ISSN:0921-3449

Sorce FS, Ngo S, Lowe C, et al., 2021, Quantification and analysis of coating surface strains in T-bend tests, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Vol:113, ISSN:0178-0026, Pages:1-18

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