Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) Research Group


News Bulletin

  • APC laboratories s are being under refurbishment as part of £1.5 m facelift programme of all laboratories funded by Technology Faculty.  Some facilities are not full operational. The refurbishment is expected to be finished by the end of September 2011.   The refurbished laboratories will provide a better platform and environment for our research, consultancy and teaching activities. (06-2011)
  • The research capability in APC research group has been further expanded by adding two new test machines.  The first is a universal mechanical testing machine with an environmental chamber for testing at elevated and sub-ambient temperatures.  The second is an Instrumented falling weight impact test machine.  Both are from Zwick and commissioned in March 2011. (03-2011)
  • Dr Zhongyi Zhang is invited by NPL to make a presentation on Advanced Composite Manufacturing for the Marine Industry at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth.(01-2011)
  • Dr Zhongyi Zhang and Professor Mel Richardson (emeritus) will join Dr Paulo Reis from University of Beira Interior Portugal and Dr Tarek Benameur from University of Monastir Tunisia to carry out a feasibility study on Nano-enhanced Explosion Resistant Composite Transport Security Containers funded by NATO from September 2010 to August 2012.  Dr Paulo Reisis the project coordinator. (08-2010)
  • Dr Siti Norasmah Surip from Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia will join the APC research group as a visiting scholar.  She is an active in research in nano-composites, green-composites, polymer /rubber toughened composites and nano-adhesives & coating.  She will stay here for nine months to carry out a wide range of research activities by taking the advantages of the state-of-the-art facilities in APC research laboratories. (05-2010)
  • Dr Paulo Reis from the Department of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Beira Interior  Portugal will join the APC research group as a visiting scholar in April 2010.  He will stay here for a year to carry out research on fatigue, static and creep behaviour of composites and nano-composites and adhesive joints by taking the advantages of the state-of-the-art facilities in APC research laboratories. (03-2010).
  • A party for Professor Mel Richardson's retirement was held at Gun Wharf Quay Water Margin restaurant.  It was well attended by more than 30 members of staff and family members.  Mel has made great contributions to the Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) research group and he is now an emeritus professor.  Now Dr Zhongyi Zhang is taking over as the research group leader. (12-2009) 
  • A new training course “Introduction to Advanced Polymer and Composites Materials” for marine & aerospace engineers and executives will be held on 15 -16 December 2010 in the Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering.  It is funded by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The two-day programme will be delivered by Dr Zhongyi Zhang which offers insight into the features and performances of polymer matrix composites materials.  Topics covered include reinforcements, matrices, laminate, sandwich, hybrid composites and manufacturing.   It will be complemented by a tour of the laboratories which are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to R&D of advanced polymer and composites. (10-2009)
  • Dr Zhongyi Zhang was invited by European Coating Conference  organising committee as a guest speaker to make a presentation on Development of Novel Nano-clay/Polymer Coating Systems for Materials Performance Enhancement and Protection from Water Attacks. (11-2009)
  • Dr Zhang was awarded a feasibility study funding by local government in partnership with Safeguard Europe in the area of building materials protection and thermal insulation enhancement. (09-2009)
  • Mr Martin Jin has successfully defended his PhD thesis in June 2009.  Congratulations to Dr Martin Jin!  (06-2009)
  • Mr James MacMullen won the university bursary for his PhD study in the project of development of nano-polymer coating for materials performance enhancement and protection. (01-2009)
  • Mr Jie Ma has successfully defended his PhD thesis in January 2009. Congratulations to Dr Jie Ma!  (01-2009)
  • Applications for a PhD studentship are invited to join the Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) research group at the University of Portsmouth.  The successful candidate will carry out a systematic investigation to develop and characterize novel nano-particle/polymer coating systems for materials performance enhancement and protection under Dr Zhongyi Zhang's supervision. This project will involve different aspects of coating formulation, synthesizing, manufacturing, evaluation, testing, modelling and applications.  The studentship pays home/EU fees, plus £12600 (tax free) per annum stipend.  The position is available from 1 Feb and will last for 3 years. (12-2008)
  • Dr Dhakal left University of Plymouth and rejoined the University of Portsmouth as a senior lecturer.  (12-2007)
  • Mr Jack See has successfully defended his PhD thesis in January 2008.  Congratulations to Dr Jack See!  Now he is working on damp-proofing project under supervision of Professor Mel Richardson and Dr Zhongyi Zhang.   (01-2008)
  • Professor Mel Richardson MBE and Dr Zhongyi Zhang of the Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering won the ‘pocket grant’ with private company Safeguard Europe.  The team are hoping to find a way of stopping salt contamination of walls after damp-proofing work has been carried out.  (10-2007)
  • Dr Zhongyi Zhang won a consultancy project from Thales and VT Shipbuilding to analyse and test different types of adhesives for bonding small fixtures and fixings in battle ships including next generation aircraft carrier. (10-2007)
  • Professor Nick Bennett and Dr Zhongyi Zhang won a DTI funded project in conjunction with Bac 2 Conductive Composites and a number of project partners.   The team is going to develop highly electrically and thermally conducive polymer composites for bi-polar and end-plates in hydrogen fuel cell.  (10-2006)
  • Dr Zhongyi Zhang is appointed as a visiting professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the Shenzhen Postgraduate Institute of Harbin University of Technology.  (09-2006)
  • Mr Hom Nath Dhakal has successfully defended his PhD thesis in February 2006.   Congratulations to Dr Dhakal!  Now he is a senior lecturer in the University of Plymouth. (02-2006)
  • Mr Osama Ali Zorgani Errajhi has successfully defended his PhD thesis on 10th May 2005 and will be awarded PhD degree soon. Congratulations! (05-2005)
  • Mr Seng Chai SEE is awarded the ORS for his second year PhD study.  He is the only student receiving this award at the University of Portsmouth in 2005.  Congratulations.(06-2005)
  • A 10 member delegate from Zhejian Province, P R China visited Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) Research Group on 23 December, 2004.  Professor Mel Richardson and Dr Z Y Zhang have hosted a meeting to investigate the opportunities in research and students exchange. (09-2005)
  • The BBC will come to film our research activities again in polymer composites and nanocomposite. (02-2004)
  • The engineers from Thermal Analysis (TA) Instruments Ltd will come on Tuesday 9th March to commission our whole set of thermal analysis equipment (MDSC, DMA, TMA and TG). (02-2003)