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The Macromolecular Materials Laboratory (MML) is an association of research groups within the Department of Materials Science at Cambridge University.

It arose from the group focusing on Polymers led by Alan Windle over some 30 years. While there is still a major interest in polymers and composites, the laboratory now embraces materials based on nano-scale carbon, especially in the case of carbon nanotubes which in many ways represent the ultimate stiff polymer molecule, and have common processing issues as well. The groups share equipment, facilities and laboratory space, and hold seminar series involving invited speakers.

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Two major themes at the moment are those of James Elliott whose research group, while embracing some experimentation, is essentially computationally led.   It embraces polymeric systems, as well as nano carbon, the latter applying multi scale modeling to understanding both the synthesis of carbon nanotubes, their assembly into materials and the resultant properties.  Alan Windle’s group, while polymeric in outlook, has a pronounced focus on carbon nanotubes, and their processing into fibres, mats and composites.   The clear aim of this aspect of the group’s research is to transfer the quite outstanding properties of individual nanotubes, mechanical, thermal and electrical, into useful materials.  

MML is envisaged as a fluid conjunction between like minded research groups in related areas, who value the commonwealth of shared ideas and resources.  The aim is to realize the aim to achieve research output which is more than the sum of the parts. 

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Multi-scale modelling of carbon nanotube reinforced crosslinked interfaces

Jan 28, 2017

A new paper by James A. Elliott and his Turkish collaborators Elif Ozden-Yenigun and Canan Atilgan is published in Computational Materials Science

Chirality-independent characteristic crystal length in carbon nanotube textiles measured by Raman spectroscopy

Jan 28, 2017

A new paper by John S. Bulmer, Thurid S. Gspann, Jon S. Barnard and James A. Elliott is published in Carbon.

MML Christmas Dinner 16-12-16

Dec 23, 2016

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, from the Macromolecular Materials Lab.

High thermal conductivities of carbon nanotube films and micro-fibres and their dependence on morphology

Dec 12, 2016

A new paper by Thurid S. Gspann, Stefan M. Juckes, John F. Niven, Michel B. Johnson, James A. Elliott, Mary Anne White, Alan H. Windle is published in Carbon.

A summer tea time and farewell to Segio

Jul 22, 2016

The MML group had a nice tea time in the department on the hottest day of this summer. Dr Sergio Estravís has successfully finished his current research associate position in this summer. We wish Sergio has a greater success in the future.

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