Dr Joel Foreman

BSc, PhD

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

University Teacher

+44 114 222 5920

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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. He has developed Group Interaction Modelling (GIM) to predict the properties of polymers ranging from commodity plastics to the thermosetting resins used as matrices in high performance composites. Allied to this, Joel has developed an extensive experimental structure-property program which aims to improve our understanding of the links between polymer chemical structure and their thermo-mechanical properties.

He has previously worked at the University of Durham and ICI.

He received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of York (1994) and a PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Cardiff (1997).


BSc Chemistry, University of York (1994)

PhD Computational Chemistry, 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

Current 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)

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Conference proceedings papers

Research group
  • Roderick Ramsdale-Capper
  • Kanungnuch Keawsupsak
  • Euan Gray
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