Dr Joel Foreman

BSc, PhD

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University Teacher

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Dr Joel Foreman
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Joel has been working on polymers and polymer composites since joining the department in 2005. His primary research interest is in developing structure property relationships in epoxy resins and other thermosets. Previously he developed Group Interaction Modelling (GIM) to predict the thermo-mechanical properties of polymers ranging from thermoplastics to thermosets. Prior to this he worked at the University of Durham and ICI.


BSc Chemistry, University of York (1994)

PhD Computational Chemistry, University of Cardiff (1997)

Research interests
  • Structure property relationships in amine cured epoxy resins
  • Influence of epoxy and amine isomer structure on epoxy resin properties
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) of polymers (low temperature transitions)
  • Cure monitoring in epoxy resins (NIR, DEA)
  • Factors influencing fracture toughness in thermosets
  • Structure property relationships in anhydride cured epoxy resins
  • Influence of flexibilizing and fortifying reactive additives on epoxy resins
  • Influence of epoxy matrix structure on composite properties and processing (VARTM)
  • Structure property relationships in phenolic resins
  • Moisture absorption in phenolic resins and phenolic resin composites

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Research group
  • Matthew Whittaker
  • Somthida Likhitlert
  • Moses Yibowei
  • Anil Marmara
Teaching interests
  • 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