Dr Joel ForemanJoel Foreman

BSc, PhD
University Teacher

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5920
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943
Email: j.foreman@sheffield.ac.uk

Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Joel joined the department in 2005 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate developing group interaction modelling of polymers and polymer composites and has since been promoted to university teacher. Previously he worked on conducting polymers at the University of Durham and on polymer modelling at ICI. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of York (1994) and a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Cardiff (1997).

Research interests
  • Combined experimental and modelling approach to the linking structure and properties in epoxy resins
  • Experimental and modelling work on thermomechanical properties, moisture absorption, fracture toughness of polymers, thermosets in particular
  • Group Interaction Modelling (GIM) of polymer properties
  • High throughput modelling of polymers: ‘Polymer Discovery’
  • Multi-scale modelling of polymer composites
Research group
  • Roderick Ramsdale-Capper
  • Kanungnuch Keawsupsak
  • Euan Gray
Current research projects
  • Structure property relationships in epoxy resins (EPSRC)
  • Modelling of moisture absorption in phenolic resins and phenolic resin composites (DSTL)
  • Enhancement of flame retardancy in epoxy resin nanocomposites (Royal Thai government)
  • Structure property relationships in phenolic resins (DSTL)


  • MAT2310 Industrial Materials Processing
  • MAT306/MAT6430 Composite Materials & Micromechanics
  • MAT6103 Polymer Materials Science and Engineering
  • MAT6104/AER476 Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • MAT6106 Polymer Processing
  • MAT6664 Science of Materials
  • MAT6665 Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • MEC207 Materials Processing
Selected publications
  • Olga A. Amariutei, Roderick Ramsdale-Capper, Mariana Correa Álvarez, Louise K.Y. Chan, Joel P. Foreman 'Modelling the properties of a difunctional epoxy resin cured with aromatic diamine isomers', Polymer 156 (2018), 203-213
  • Roderick Ramsdale-Capper & Joel P. Foreman 'Internal antiplasticisation in highly crosslinked amine cured multifunctional epoxy resins' Polymer, 146 (2018), 321-330
  • Foreman. J, Porter. D, Behzadi. S, Curtis. P, Jones. F. ‘Predicting the thermomechanical properties of an epoxy resin blend as a function of temperature and strain rate’. Composites Part A, 41, 9, 1072-1076, 2010.
  • Foreman. J, Behzadi. S, Porter. D, Curtis. P, Jones. F ‘Multi-scale modelling of the effect of a viscoelastic matrix on the strength of a carbon fibre composite’. Philosophical Magazine, 90, 31-32, 4227-4244, 2010.
  • Foreman. J, Behzadi. S, Tsampas. S, Porter. D, Curtis. P, Jones. F, ‘Rate dependent multiscale modelling of fibre reinforced composites'. Plastics Rubber & Composites, 38, 2-4, 67-71, 2009.
  • Foreman. J, Porter. D, Behzadi. S, Jones. F, ‘A model for the prediction of structure-property relations in cross-linked polymers’. Polymer, 49, 25, 5588-5595, 2008.
  • Foreman. J, Behzadi. S, Porter. D, Curtis. P, Jones. F, ‘Hierarchical modelling of a polymer matrix composite’. Journal of Materials Science, 43, 20, 6642-6650, 2008.