Dr. David G. Bucknall joined Georgia Tech in 2005, initially in the School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering department and subsequently to the School of Materials Science and Engineering when the schools merged in 2010. Following his PhD, he joined the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany as a post-doctorial researcher. He then returned to the UK as a research scientist at the UK national ISIS Neutron Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (1992-1999), specializing in neutron reflectivity. He then joined the Department of Materials at University of Oxford (1999-2004) as a faculty member and taught various courses in polymers.

Dr. Bucknall’s research interests are in areas associated with polymer interfaces and morphology, functionalized polymers and nanocomposites. His research exploits neutron and x-ray scattering as primary advanced characterization tools. His current research includes using polymers to create fundamental building blocks for possible quantum computer architectures, hydrogels for maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, and effect of morphology and processing in organic photovoltaics.

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BSc(Hons) in Chemistry (1988), Nottingham University, UK 
PhD and DIC in Polymer Science (1991), Imperial College, University of London, UK

Research Keywords:
organic electronics,polymer deformation,polymer morphology,polymer nanocomposites,fullerene blends,neutron and x-ray scattering,molecular origin of fracture,ballistic effects in polymers,self-healing polymers
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Recent representative papers:

1. Lee, J. H.; Bucknall, D. G., Swelling behavior and network structure of hydrogels synthesized using controlled UV-initiated free radical polymerization. Journal Of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics 2008, 46, (14), 1450-1462.

2. Gurun, B.; Thio, Y. S.; Bucknall, D. G., Combined multiaxial deformation of polymers with in situ small angle and wide angle x-ray scattering techniques. Review Of Scientific Instruments 2009, 80, (12), 123906.

3. Lee, S. G.; Brunello, G. F.; Jang, S. S.; Bucknall, D. G., Molecular dynamics simulation study of P (VP-co-HEMA) hydrogels: Effect of water content on equilibrium structures and mechanical properties. Biomaterials 2009, 30, (30), 6130-6141.

4. Waller, J. H.; Bucknall, D. G.; Register, R. A.; Beckham, H. W.; Leisen, J.; Campbell, K., C60 Fullerene Inclusions in Low-Molecular-Weight Polystyrene-Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Diblock Copolymers. Polymer 2009, 50, (17), 4199-4204.

5. Liu, Z.; Bucknall, D. G.; Allen, M. G., Absorption performance of iodixanol-imprinted polymers in aqueous and blood plasma media. Acta Biomater. 2010, 6, (6), 2003-2012.

6. Zhang, S. J.; Lin, W.; Wong, C. P.; Bucknall, D. G.; Kumar, S., Nanocomposites of Carbon Nanotube Fibers Prepared by Polymer Crystallization. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2010, 2, (6), 1642-1647.

7. Zhang, S. J.; Lin, W.; Yu, X. F.; Wong, C. P.; Cheng, S. Z. D.; Bucknall, D. G., Surface-Induced Polymer Crystallization in High Volume Fraction Aligned Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites. Macromolecular Chemistry And Physics 2010, 211, (9), 1003-1011.

8. Gurun, B.; Bucknall, D. G.; Thio, Y. S.; Teoh, C. C.; Harkin-Jones, E., Multiaxial Deformation of Polyethylene and Polyethylene/Clay Nanocomposites: In Situ Synchrotron Small Angle and Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering Study. Journal Of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics 2011, 49, (9), 669-677.

9. Swan, M. C.; Bucknall, D. G.; Goodacre, T. E. E.; Czernuszka, J. T., Synthesis and properties of a novel anisotropic self-inflating hydrogel tissue expander. Acta Biomater. 2011, 7, (3), 1126-1132.

10. Campbell K., Gurun B., Sumpter B.G., Thio Y.S., Bucknall, D.G., Role of Conformation in π-π Interactions and Polymer/Fullerene Miscibility, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, accepted (2011)