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Dr Tim Gough

PositionSenior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics and Manager of the Materials Characterisation laboratories in the IRC in Polymer Engineering
LocationWG22d, Richmond Workshop Block
DepartmentCentres for Advanced Materials Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, and Micro and Nano Technology
Telephone(01274) 234536
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Research Interests (key words only)

Miniature processing incorporating nanocomposites,rheology, crystallisation and scattering characterisation,instrumentation development,pharma/proteins

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

ENG3107M Advanced Fluid Mechanics - Module co-ordinator

ENG2033M - Aerodynamic Design - Module co-ordinator

ENG1058L - Scientific and Mechanical Principles - Module co-ordinator

ENG2039M - Open Channel Hydraulics (labs)

ENG2038M - Fluid Mechanics 2 (labs)

ENG1032M - Fluid Mechanics 1 (labs)

Administrative Responsibilities

First year tutor - Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
School Laser Safety Supervisor


After graduating with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey in 1991 I was employed on a research grant in aerodynamics. This led to the award of a PhD (part time) on the development of turbulent boundary layers and wakes in 1996. Following this I moved to the University of Bradford as a postdoctoral research engineer looking into the use of hydrocyclones for separations of yeast from beer and cider under the tutelage of Professor Martin Thew. After some time in industry as a contracting engineer developing cyclones for the offshore oil industry I returned to Bradford to join the IRC in Polymer Engineering where I was employed on the interdisciplinary and multi-university EPSRC grants ‘Microscale Polymer Processing’ and ‘Enhanced Polymer Processing’. Following these grants I have been working on the four year, £5.5 million pound program, Microscale Polymer Processing: Toolbox Development and Application (MuPP2), with the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge, Durham, Oxford and Sheffield. The broad aims are to follow well-characterised, tailored, polymeric materials from synthesis, through processing and into manufacture, using a range of analytical techniques including stress birefringence, particle tracking velocimetry, small angle neutron scattering, and small and wide angle x-ray scattering. See for more details.

Further research interests are in the fields of reactive extrusion (one patent filed), rheology and applications of computer-based instrumentation to a broad range of scientific problems.

I was appointed as a lecturer in 2006 and senior lecturer in 2011, am co-ordinator for rheo-optical and spectroscopic studies and sit on the Operations Committee of the broader IRC (see

Awards and Recognition:
Baroness Lockwood Award for Distinguished Teaching (BLADT) - University of Bradford 2010

Professional Activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Collaborations

International Scientific Activities:
Collaborating with CalTech; Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, Madrid; Tomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic; and frequent user of large scale facilities at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France as well as NSLS at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the US.
Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). Also member of the Society of Rheology and the British Society of Rheology.


Research Staff:
Dr Emma Louise Burton - postdoctoral work on spectroscopic studies of reactive extrusion

Current PhD students:

Abrahem Benhadia - 'Study of the Mechanical, Thermal and Rheological Properties of Ethyl Cellulose as a Film Coating Polymer'
with Ian Grimsey

Chaitrali Kulkarni - 'Processing of Pharmaceuticals Using Hot Melt Extrusion'
with Adrian Kelly and Anant Paradkar

Hrushikesh Karandikar - 'PAT for the Pharmaceutical Industry'
with Anant Paradkar

Parineeta Banedar - 'PAT for the Pharmaceutical Industry'
with Anant Paradkar

Lokesh Likhar - 'Pharmaceutical gel formulations' with Anant Paradkar

Previous PhD students:

Abdulrahman Al-Fouzan 2011 ‘Polyethylene Terephthalate / Clay Nanocomposites’
with Phil Coates

Mohammed Isreb 2011 - 'Thermal and Rheological Approaches for the Systematic Enhancement of Pharmaceutical Polymeric Coating Formulations'
with Rob Forbes and Michael Bonner


1. R Tenchev, T Gough, OG Harlen, PK Jimack, DH Klein and MA Walkley (2011). Three dimensional finite element analysis of the flow of polymer melts. Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, vol. 166, pp. 307-320. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnnfm.2010.12.008.
2. EL Burton, M Woodhead, PD Coates and T Gough (2010).  Developments in the reactive grafting of glycidyl methacrylate onto polypropylene; studying the effects of the order of reactant addition.  J. Appl. Polym. Sci., vol. 117, pp. 2707-2714. DOI: 10.1002/app.31085.
3. N Clarke, E de Luca, , G Buxton, LR Hutchings, T Gough, I Grillo, RS Graham, K Jagannathan, DH Klein and TCB McLeish (2010).  Chain Deformation in Entangled Polymer Melts at Re-entrant Corners.  Macromolecules, vol. 43(3), pp. 1539-1542. DOI: 10.1021/ma902324f.
4. TCB McLeish, N Clarke, E de Luca, LR Hutchings, RS Graham,T Gough, I Grillo, CM Fernyhough and P Chambon (2009).  Neutron flow mapping: Multiscale modelling opens a new experimental window. Soft Matter, vol. 5, pp. 4426-4432 DOI: 10.1039/b916288g.
5. AL Kelly, T Gough, BR Whiteside and PD Coates (2009).  High shear strain rate rheometry of polymer melts.  J. Appl. Polym. Sci., vol. 114(2), pp. 864-873.
6. T Gough, R Spares, AL Kelly, SM Brook and PD Coates (2008). Three-dimensional characterisation of full field stress and velocity fields for a polyethylene melt through abrupt contraction. Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering, vol. 37, pp 158-165.
7. L Fernandez-Ballester, T Gough, F Meneau, W Bras, F Ania, FJ Balta-Calleja and JA Kornfield (2008). Simultaneous birefringence, small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering to detect precursors and characterize morphology development during flow-induced crystallization of polymers. J. Synchrotron Radiation, vol. 15, pp. 185-190.
8. JR Howse, RAL Jones, AJ Ryan, T Gough, R Vafabakhsh and R Golestanian (2007). Self-motile colloidal particles: from directed propulsion to random walk. Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 048102.
9. J Bent, LR Hutchings, RW Richards, T Gough, R Spares, PD Coates, I Grillo, OG Harlen, DJ Read, RS Graham, AE Likhtman, DJ Groves, TM Nicholson and TCB McLeish (2003).  Neutron-mapping polymer flow: Scattering, flow-visualisation and molecular theory.  Science, vol. 301, Sept. 19, pp. 1691-1695.

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