Welcome to the
Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre!

*****************************    TWO Covid-19 projects are currently running in our Laboratory ***********************************

  • one, led by Prof Ben Whiteside and Prof Tim Gough is manufacturing precision visors (now CE marked) with a local company in the supply chain - see here
  • the second, led by Prof Phil Coates, Prof Steve Rimmer and Prof Adrian Kelly is exploring novel functionalised PUs for antiviral behaviour - see here  
The Polymer IRC - Polymer Micro & Nano Technology in the Polymer MNT laboratorySome of the Polymer IRC larger scale injection facilitiesClean micromoulding processingsmall scale and high speed injection small scale extrusion and die drawingdie drawn oriented polymer product examples - larger scaleinternational compoundingnano composites research international collaborationsresearch exchanges with China - a great successno, not walking on the moon...Founding the UK-China AMRI, Chengdu 2012Opening the Joint Laboratory with Sichuan University, 2010International meetings at Bradford


Welcome to this gateway to our various research and knowledge transfer activities in the Polymer IRC.

The Polymer IRC laboratories at Bradford form part of the wider Polymer IRC (Universities of Leeds, Bradford, Durham and Sheffield).  We are a world leading research laboratory for process structuring of polymers, polymer composites/nanocomposites,  biomaterials and pharmaceuticals, with novel and conventional materials processing. 

Our facilities include:  40 advanced manufacturing lines for melt phase, solid phase and reactive processing, extensive physical and chemical characterisation over the length scales, and computer modelling.  We have wide-ranging academic collaborations and currently work with over 150 companies (see also our Bradford Industry Group).   Please see the overview here.   You may also download our booklet here  - or ask us for a printed copy.

See the Resources page for fuller details of our facilities, projects and publications.  See also our International pages for our extensive international collaborations (you can download a book covering our Strategic Links with China here), and you may wish to visit our Circular Economy for Plastics site.


Do contact us for further information, or to arrange a visit/ discussions - our Laboratory Managers and Research teams will be pleased to find ways to help.

Prof Phil Coates FREng


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