Category: Publications

Polymer Centre Research Highlight- Superhydrophobic Ski Bases

Prof Peter Styring at the University of Sheffield has developed a technology which could be used to improve the speed of alpine skis, by embossing the base of the skis to reduce water adhesion. Reducing the water adhesion (or increasing hydrophobicity) has been shown to reduce the friction experienced by the ski and hence increase […]

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015 in News, Publications.

Polymer Centre Research Highlight

Small molecule surfactants are known to self-assemble to produce anisotropic worm-like nano-structures under certain conditions. Aqueous solutions of these micelles exhibit interesting gel properties due to inter-worm entanglements including high viscosity, shear-thinning and stimulus response. This has led to a range of technological applications such as enhanced oil recovery, drag reduction agents and personal care […]

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 in News, Publications.

New method to model blast resistance of composites

Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a robust and efficient computational model to calculate the behaviour of glass-fibre-reinforced laminate (GLARE) panels subjected to blast loadings. GLARE is commonly used in aerospace and automotive applications and the new model will inform the design of lightweight, blast-resistant structures. Galal Mohamed and colleagues created a numerical […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in Publications.

Switchable permeability for polymersomes

Research at the University of Sheffield demonstrates a new strategy for controlling the permeability of the walls of tiny polymer capsules or polymersomes. Switching the rate at which the polymersomes take up or release their contents means that the new systems could find application as synthetic bio-nanoreactors. A team of researchers from Dresden, led by […]

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 in Publications.