Geoffrey R. Mitchell
Geoffrey R. Mitchell is a Professor of polymer physics and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at the University of Reading, Berkshire, UK. He carried out his Ph.D. degree's work with Alan Windle in materials at the University of Cambridge, Cambrigde, UK, on disordered polymers using X-ray scattering and computer modeling. He subsequently carried out his postdoctoral work in Cambridge University on liquid crystal polymers before a JSPS Fellowship was bestowed to him in Japan at Hokkaido University, Hokkaidō, Japan, working with Professor Odajima. He joined the University of Reading in 1984, and in 1988 he led the development of the Polymer Science Centre — a multidisciplinary program involving the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. In 1988, a team led by Professor Mitchell was awarded the Courtauld Polymer Science Prize for the most innovative and relevant idea in polymer science. His research has a strong multidisciplinary base. Moreover, he has pioneered the study of amorphus and liquid crystalline polymers and the development of liquid crystal elastomers, photoassised poling for NLO systems, photoactive materials, and X-ray rheology. Dr. Mitchell's work combines fundamental polymer physics with technological applications. His main focus is on polymers at the molecular level, their structure, how they can be controlled and defined, and how such organization leads to useful properties and functions. Currently, he is fascinated by nanostructured polymers, electrospinning, biodegradable polymers, smart materials, polymers for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, and rapid manufacturing.
Biography Updated on 13 September 2008