Prof Mike Ries


My research focuses on the use of natural materials such as cellulose, wook and silk to make composites from. My research spans from blue-sky, curiosity driven research, right through to working with industry. 

Research interests

My research focuses on the use of NMR to determine microscopic properties of soft matter systems and then linking these to their macroscopic properties. I am involved in both theoretical and experimental work. My research areas are:

  • All cellulose composites.
  • Cellulose in ionic liquids and ionic liquid blends.
  • Dissolution of natural yarns. 
  • Orientation and dynamics in polymer networks, network blends and interpenetrating polymer networks, filler particles; crosslink densities, screening lengths and correlation times.
  • Structure and dynamics of miscible polymer melt blends; local friction coefficient and entanglement length as a function of composition.
  • Rouse and reptation parameters of linear monodisperse polymer melts; Kuhn length, Rouse times and ideal glass transition temperature.
  • Polymer electrolytes; the effect of salt on dynamics and structure of polymer matrix.
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Research groups and institutes

  • Physics Education

Current postgraduate researchers

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