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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. 

Biography

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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Research Output

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    Plastic Sustainability Challenges

    Bucknall, D., 27 Aug 2020, Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastic Waste: Plastics Research and Innovation Fund Conference. UK Circular Plastics Network, p. 8-13 6 p.

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    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.

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    Plastics and Sustainability: why it matters

    Bucknall, D., 24 May 2019, EasyFairs.

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    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

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    Activities

    Materials Research Exchange 2020

    David Bucknall (Participant)

    19 Feb 202020 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

    Plastics Sustainability Challenges

    David Bucknall (Keynote speaker)

    8 Jun 20209 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Packaging Plastics - Structure Property Relationships

    David Bucknall (Invited speaker)

    4 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Scottish Parliament Festival of Politics /Family Days

    David Bucknall (Invited speaker)

    13 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

    Scientific Priorities for Realising a Circular Economy

    David Bucknall (Chair)

    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Decomissioned oil well leak detector developments

    David Bucknall

    2/05/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Plastics and alternative materials

    David Bucknall

    4/04/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Banning Plastics can increase damage to the planet

    David Bucknall & Theodore B. Henry

    30/11/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research