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Alison Voice

Alison Voice
"My research includes the development of solid polymer electrolytes for use in high energy density lithium batteries and other applications."
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Physics & Astronomy

Research

The broad areas in which the Group works are summarised below. Further information can be seen in our current Project Descriptions or on individual staff pages.

Complex Fluids

Our research involves surfactant fluids and shear-induced phase transitions; bio-macromolecules and membranes; protein folding and unfolding.

Crystalline and Solid Phase

Theory and experiment on macromolecular crystallisation and morphology; flow-induced crystallisation; dynamics in the gel and crystal state.

Electrical Properties of Polymers

Ionically conductive polymers and polymer electrolyte gels; piezoelectric, pyroelectric and electrostrictive polymers; electroactive gels; dielectric relaxation.

Gels and Networks

Polyacrylamide and polyelectrolyte gels; rheology and dynamics under external fields; diffusion of small molecules in polymers and barrier properties; phenomena of critical gelation; deformation and orientation in networks.

Polymer Composites

Single Polymer Composites and multi-phase materials. Structure property investigations of polymer composites. Single polymer composites by hot compaction. Elastic and viscoelastic properties of short fibre composites.

Rheology

Macromolecular Dynamics. Theory, simulation and experiment on entangled dynamics and rheology; local dynamics in blends and heterogeneous fluids and at high pressure; dynamics of hyperbranched molecules and dendrimers; local modes in glassy polymers; molecular dynamics and predictive polymer processing, interpretation of neutron scattering for polymer dynamics.

Transforming Cellulose Processing

Cellulose is the most common organic compound on Earth, about 33% of all plant matter is cellulose. For example, the cellulose content of cotton is 90% and that of wood is 40–50%. For industrial use, cellulose is mainly obtained from wood pulp and cotton... 

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