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Research interests

Dr. Bucknall’s research interests are in areas associated with polymer interfaces and morphology, functionalized polymers and nanocomposites. His research exploits neutron and x-ray scattering as primary advanced characterization tools.  His current research includes using polymers to create fundamental building blocks for possible quantum computer architectures, hydrogels for maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, understanding the molecular origin of polymer deformation and fracture and the effects of morphology in organic electronics.  Bucknall can be reached by email at d.bucknall@hw.ac.uk. 


Following a PhD studying polymer thin films using neutron scattering, he joined the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) as a post-doctorial researcher. He then returned to the UK as a research scientist at the UK national ISIS Neutron Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (1992-1999), and specialized in neutron scattering studies of thin films. He then joined the Department of Materials at University of Oxford (1999-2004) as a faculty member and taught various courses in polymers and composites. Dr. David G. Bucknall joined Georgia Tech in 2005, initially in the School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering department and subsequently in the School of Materials Science and Engineering when the schools merged in 2010. He joined Heriot-Watt University as Chair in Materials Chemistry in July 2015.

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Polymers Chemical Compounds
Neutrons Chemical Compounds
Polystyrenes Chemical Compounds
polymers Physics & Astronomy
neutrons Physics & Astronomy
Neutron reflection Chemical Compounds
Polymer films Chemical Compounds
Thin films Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1992 2019

Mechanism of stress induced crystallization of polyethylene

Yakovlev, S., Fiscus, D., Brant, P., Butler, J., Bucknall, D. G. & Downing, K. H., 26 Jun 2019, In : Polymer. 175, p. 25-31 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Microscopic examination

Plastics and Sustainability: why it matters

Bucknall, D., 24 May 2019, EasyFairs.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Simultaneous WAXS/SAXS study on semi-crystalline Poly(ethylene furanoate) under uniaxial stretching

Mao, Y., Bucknall, D. & Kriegel, R. M., 9 May 2018, In : Polymer. 143, p. 228-236

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
orientation behavior
preferred orientation

Synchrotron X-ray scattering study on amorphous poly(ethylene furanoate) under uniaxial deformation

Mao, Y., Bucknall, D. & Kriegel, R., 14 Mar 2018, In : Polymer. 139, p. 60-67 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
x rays

Extraction of Process-Structure Evolution Linkages from X-ray Scattering Measurements Using Dimensionality Reduction and Time Series Analysis

Brough, D. B., Kannan, A., Haaland, B., Bucknall, D. & Kalidindi, S. R., Jun 2017, In : Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation. 6, 2, p. 147-159 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Time series analysis
X ray scattering
Linear low density polyethylenes
Crystalline materials

Activities 2015 2019

Structure-Property-Processing Relationships in Polymers

David Bucknall (Keynote speaker)
30 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Polymers as a Materials System in a Circular Economy

David Bucknall (Invited speaker)
24 Jun 201925 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Banning Plastics Could Increase Damage to the Planet

David Bucknall (Invited speaker)
3 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Plastics & Alternatives- Reducing Global Impacts

David Bucknall (Invited speaker)
9 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Packaging Plastics - Structure Property Relationships

David Bucknall (Invited speaker)
4 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Decomissioned oil well leak detector developments

David Bucknall


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Plastics and alternative materials

David Bucknall


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Banning Plastics can increase damage to the planet

David Bucknall & Theodore B. Henry


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research