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Dr-Ing Thurid Gspann

Dr-Ing Thurid  Gspann

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 767 059


Thurid studied Mechanical Engineering at the University Karlsruhe, Germany, and joined the Institute for Applied Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for her PhD Thesis ("A new concept for the application of single-walled carbon nanotubes for the pH sensor technology").

After her dissertation, Thurid joined Prof. Alan Windle's group as PDRA in 2011, currently funded by the US Office of Naval Research.

Subject groups/Research projects

Carbon Nanotubes:

I am mainly reponsible for the synthesis of CNT fibres and films and the optimisation of the synthesis process in order to achieve pure CNT fibres tailorable to required properties.

Composite Materials:

The direct spinning process co-synthesises polymeric material which covers the CNT bundles, which we refer to casually as "goo". I am interested the effect of this synthesis by-product and am of the opinion that one way of tailoring the properties of as-spun CNT fibres is to add our own "goo", e.g. with a polymeric material of our own choice.

Carbon Nanotubes Processing:

I investigate the optimisation of the direct spinning process of pure CNT fibres as well as post-synthesis techniques, both with the aim to tailor the CNT fibre properties to specific application.

Physical Characterisation of Nanomaterials:

As one of my main duties is the spinning and optimisation of CNT fibres, the analysis of the produced materials is obviously imperative. The techniques I use as a matter of routine include TGA (material uniformity and catalyst residue characterisation), Raman (characterisation of CNT properties and defects), SEM-FIB / TEM (characterisation of structural properties of CNTs and fibre uniformity) and Favimat (mechanical properties).

Research Interests

Impurity control during synthesis of CNT fibres and enhancement of their mechanical performance

One of Thurid's main areas of research is to characterise and understand the role of impurities simultaneously synthesised during the Cambridge CNT fibre spinning process and to optimize the spinning process in order to avoid the co-creation of the impurities and so to produce pure CNT fibre with improved structure.

The other main aspect of Thurid's work is to improve the mechanical properties preferentially of the as-spun fibre such as tensile strength, stiffness and their consistency along the fibre by improved process control.


  • Macromolecular Materials
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Synthesis of Nanomaterials
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Physical Properties of Fibres
  • High Performance Fibres

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MML joins new initiative to eliminate plastic waste

Dec 19, 2018

The MML has won funding as part of a new Centre for Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastic Waste

Angelika Beinert wins Reedy scholarship

Sep 14, 2018

Congratulations to Angelika Beinert, who won a Michael Reedy scholarship to present her work on liquid phase production of nanofoams at FOAMS 2018 in Montreal, Canada 13-14 September 2018.

MML welcomes new arrival!

Jun 28, 2018

Many congratulations to Thurid and John on the safe delivery of their baby boy, Justus, who arrived last week. We wish them well with the adventures of parenthood!

Triboluminescence flashes from high-speed ruptures in carbon nanotube Macro-Yarns

Dec 06, 2017

A new paper by Thurid S.Gspan, Nigel H. H. Ngern, Andrew Fowler, Alan H. Windle, Vincent B.C.Tan, James A. Elliott is published in Materials Letters.

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