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EPSRC Reference: GR/M47775/01
Title: GAS PERMEABILITY IN POLYMER FILMS: CLOSING THE PROCESSING - STRUCTURE - PROPERTIES LOOP
Principal Investigator: Fairclough, Professor JPA
Other Investigators:
Jones, Professor R Forrest, Dr J Duckett, Dr RA
Ryan, Professor AJ Ward, Professor IM
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Faraday (PreFEC)
Starts: 01 February 1999 Ends: 31 July 2001 Value (£): 103,527
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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This project will develop methodologies for studying the solubility and diffusion (permeability) of mixed gases through polymer films in order to relate processing and structure to properties. Most importantly we will develop a methodology for further designing new methods of processing materials to enhance barrier properties.There are two aspects to the proposed research that have relevance to beneficiaries in the packaging sector. Most obviously we will develop methods to measure solubility and diffusion (permeability) of mixed gases through polymer films. Furthermore we will relate permeability to morphology and therefore have predictable processing-property relations; this is currently a problem with many packaging materials. An understanding of how morphology affects processing and properties has beneficiaries in UK industry since the market for packaging continues to expand. The proposal maps directly on to the Foresight technical priority of improving the processing of existing materials. The research could be expected to produce patentable findings that can be exploited commercially in terms of the control and optimisation of processing and properties of polymers and composites.
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