Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Welcome to the Advanced Materials and Processing Research Cluster.  This Cluster undertakes leading edge multidisciplinary research into the processing, modelling and development of high performance polymeric materials, including their use in medical applications. This builds on the longstanding reputation for excellence in polymer research at Queen’s and the industrial relevance of its work.

Within the Cluster is the Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) formed in 1996, to focus on advanced extrusion, rotational moulding and thermoforming technologies and the Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI), established in 2003 through a joint initiative with the School of Pharmacy,and dedicated to high technology R&D for healthcare industries in respect of medical materials and devices. In recent years the significant investment in processing, analytical and testing facilities has created an outstanding research infrastructure and a platform for undertaking high quality applied and fundamental research, reflecting the needs of the polymer industry in the UK and abroad.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Advanced Materials and Processing is active. These topic labels come from the works of this organisation's members. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Bone cement Engineering & Materials Science
Blow molding Engineering & Materials Science
Thermoforming Engineering & Materials Science
Cements Engineering & Materials Science
Polymers Chemical Compounds
Mechanical properties Engineering & Materials Science
Calcium phosphate Engineering & Materials Science
Bone Cements Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1978 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

A UV-Vis Spectroscopic Method for Monitoring of Additive Particle Properties during Polymer Compounding

Whitaker, D. A., Buchanan, F., Billham, M. & McAfee, M., 15 Mar 2018, In : Polymer Testing. 67

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Polymer melts
8 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Polyethylene Terephthalates
polyethylene terephthalate
Blow molding
Polyethylene terephthalates

Combined Hip Rotations can lead to Erroneous Pre-Operative Planning Measurements in Total Hip Arthroplasty

O'Connor, J., Rutherford, M., Hill, J., Dunne, N., Beverland, D. & Lennon, A., 22 Mar 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract



Best Oral Presentation

Eoin Cunningham (Recipient), 15 Jun 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ESB Oral Paper Award- Selected for Special Issue of J Material Science: Materials in Medicine, 19 (4) 2008

Nicholas Dunne (Recipient), 09 Sep 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Polymethyl Methacrylate
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Activities 1993 2017

Marine Drugs (Journal)

Susan Clarke (Guest editor), Fraser Buchanan (Guest editor)
01 Aug 201730 Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics

Andrew Hamilton (Member of scientific committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Tru Corp Ltd KTP

Andrew Hamilton (Member)
Feb 2016Feb 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind


Precision Techniques for Hip Joint Replacement Surgery Improves Quality of Life for over 10,000 Patients

John Orr (Participant), David Beverland (Participant), Fraser Buchanan (Participant), Janet Hill (Participant), Alice Sykes (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impact, Health Impact