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Dr Tom Franklin

Research Associate

University of Sheffield

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I am a research associate in the group of Prof Peter Styring in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at the University of Sheffield, aiming to develop evidence-based policies for a circular economy of essential chemicals, especially via non-fossil fuel routes. More broadly, my research interests have spanned high-density polyethylene (HDPE) melt processing, crystallisation and thermomechanical characterisation, carbon fibre-epoxy aerospace composites and synthetic chemistry for novel drug pre-cursors. I have particular interest and expertise in polymer melt rheology and the application of novel time-resolved techniques. Prior to joining the centre, I held a research associate post at the University of Manchester exploring the impact of multiple extrusions, to simulate recycling processes, upon the physical and mechanical properties of HDPE with specific consumer product applications. I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2021, working under the direction of Prof Tony Ryan and Dr Oleksandr Mykhaylyk, studying the impact of flow-induced crystallisation upon the physical and mechanical properties of HDPE for fluid handling applications.