The Polymer IRC Laboratories at Bradford provide a coherent, internationally leading Polymer Research grouping; genuinely interdisciplinary, with major academic collaborations worldwide, and major industrial involvement in our research.

Our research addresses significant global and local societal and commercial needs particularly in the areas of:

  • medical technology - 
    • materials and devices for tissue and joint repair, 
    • biomedical materials, including bioresorbable and shape memory materials, 
    • drug eluting implants and fixations, 
    • drug delivery technologies, 
    • minimally invasive surgery technologies
    • prosthetics and gait; 
  • precision manufacturing (micromoulding and conventional moulding) for 
    • control of surface features and properties, including antimicrobial surfaces and drug delivery techniques such as micro needles,
    • telecommunications, optics and anti-counterfeiting,
    • automotive and structural parts in polymer composites; 
  • solid phase orientation polymer technologies for property enhancements for 
    • medical devices, such as tissue fixations and arterial stents, 
    • building products (see Eovations LLC) ranging from decking to hurricane-resistant building products; 
  • 3-d printing for novel manufacturing using multiple streams of polymers
  • resource efficient materials including upcycling for food containers, thermal/acoustic barriers and enhanced properties for high added value; 
  • modelling of novel processing and product performance in all of the above sectors.

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 4500 sq m area laboratories (see plan here) include:  40 advanced manufacturing computer monitored lines for melt phase, solid phase and reactive processing and 3-d printing; a clean room for nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals processing; cell culture and extensive physical and chemical characterisation over the length scales, and computer modelling of polymer melts and solids.  We have wide-ranging academic collaborations and currently work with over 150 companies (see our Bradford Industry Group).   We also have major International presence, with particularly strong presence in China - see our International pagesWe are also very concerned to develop a Circular Economy for Plastics - see our web pages here.

In Bradford, we cross the engineering, physics, chemistry and life sciences boundaries, hosting focussed but overlapping research centres as shown in the diagram below:

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