Prof James Busfield

Prof Busfield
Position: Professor of Materials
Director of Industrial Engagement
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8866
Location: 301A, Engineering, Mile End
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support hours:
Tuesday noon - 1pm
Websites: Soft Matter Group
Rubber In Engineering Group of the IoM3
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Expertise: Examining the physical behaviour by experiment and modelling techniques of soft matter such as elastomers and rubber materials. Properties of interest include abrasion, friction, fracture, creep, fatigue, viscoelastic behaviour, modulus enhancement and composite filler reinforcement. Developing smart soft materials that can sense their environment and soft actuating materials that can change shape in response to a physical stimulus.
Research keywords: Experimental and Theoretical Polymer Physics, Modelling of Rubbers and Elastomers, Filler Reinforcement & Nano-composites, Tyre Behaviour and Design, Abrasion & Friction, Fracture and Fatigue, Creep and Stress Relaxation, Viscoelastic Behaviour, Elastomers used with Oil & Gas, Dielectric Elastomers & Electro-Active Polymers
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Affiliations: National Teaching Fellow
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Chartered Engineer
Associate Editor of Plastics Rubber Composites: Macromolecular Engineering
Associate Editor of Rubber Chemistry and Technology
Chair of the Rubber in Engineering Group of the IOM3.

Brief Biography

James has been the Head of the Soft Matter Group at QMUL since 1994. During his time here he has innovated extensively with his teaching as was reflected by his award of a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009. He has also been recognised for his research excellence by the award of the Colwyn Medal (the premier medal for rubber research awarded by the IOM3) in 2009 and the Sparks-Thomas Award (also for rubber research by the ACS) in 2010. Before 1994, he designed suspension components for an automotive industry supply company, designing systems for companies such as Jaguar, Volvo and Mercedes.