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My main research interest is in the area of polymer physical chemistry. Generally, research activities involve the synthesis, characterisation and study of new polymers as well as commercial materials. Over a number of years, our research group has investigated various aspects of physical behaviour from conformation and orientational order, to local structure, dynamics and physical ageing, in a wide range of polymeric materials including traditional thermoplastics, but also liquid crystalline polymers, polyurethanes, filled polymers, blends, composites. The main goal has been to establish relationships between polymer structure and properties to achieve a rational design of materials. Current research activities focus on two main areas: (1) understanding of the relationship between structure at different length scales and mechanical/rheological properties of polymers incorporating nanoparticles and (2) study of the efficiency of commercial membranes in removing fluoride and natural organic matter (NOM) as well as development of new polymer membranes for water purification. Materials are characterised and studied using laboratory standard procedures (NMR, FTIR, thermal, rheological and mechanical analysis) but we also make use of large scale facilities (small- and wide-angle neutron and X-ray scattering, quasielastic neutron scattering) for structural and dynamic investigations. 

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Research Output 1991 2018

Effect of Chain Length and Topological Constraints on Segmental Relaxation in Cyclic PDMS

Arrighi, V., Gagliardi, S., Ganazzoli, F., Higgins, J. S., Raffaini, G., Tanchawanich, J., Taylor, J. & Telling, M. T. F., 25 Sep 2018, In : Macromolecules. 51, 18, p. 7209-7223 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oxalates
Silver
Ink
Amines
Ligands

Efficient defluoridation of water by Monetite nanorods

Shen, J., Evangelista, M. F., Mkongo, G., Wen, H., Langford, R., Rosair, G. M., McCoustra, M. R. S. & Arrighi, V., Feb 2018, In : Adsorption. 24, 2, p. 135-145 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Nanorods
Fluorides
Water
Adsorption
Adsorbents

Properties of Partially Denatured Whey Protein Products: Viscoelastic Properties

Zhang, Z., Arrighi, V., Campbell, L. J., Lonchamp, J. & Euston, S. R., Jul 2018, In : Food Hydrocolloids. 80, p. 298-308 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gel
protein
power law
timescale
liquid

Silver Oxalate Ink with Low Sintering Temperature and Good Electrical Property

Yang, W., Wang, C. & Arrighi, V., 26 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Electronic Materials. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oxalates
inks
oxalates
Silver
Ink