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Tim Gough

Head of Mechanical & Energy Systems

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Telephone +441274 234536


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


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.