For information about courses in adhesion and adhesives visit:
The following universities are involved in the study of adhesives and sealants (information kindly provided by Dr John Comyn of the Society of Adhesion and Adhesives):
Birmingham University, Department of Chemical Engineering (tel 0121 414 2739)
Prof Kevin Kendal FRS expounds contact mechanics.
University of Glasgow (tel 0141 330 2000)
Prof Mike Cowling studies the adhesive bonding of ships.
Imperial College, London, Mechanical Engineering Department (tel 020 7594 7082)
Professor Tony Kinloch’s interests include fatigue and durability of adhesive joints.
In the Mechanical Engineering Department (tel 01509 228397) Dr Ian Ashcroft specialises in mechanics and stress analysis of joints
In the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering (tel 01509 222 949) Dr Gary Critchlow studies surface analysis, Dr Ralf Dahm and Dr Derek Brewis study surface treatment of polymers, Dr Ali Ansarifar studies bonding to rubber and Dr John Comyn is interested in curing and crosslinking of adhesives and sealants.
Manchester Metropolitan University (tel 0161 247 1416)
Dr Claudius D’Silva is interested in adhesive bonding to leather, particularly in army boots.
Oxford Brookes University, Joining Technology Research Unit (tel 01865 741111)
The department is headed by Prof Allan Hutchinson and has two eminent visiting professors; Bob Adams, who has recently retired from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Bristol University and has worked extensively on the mechanics of adhesive joints, and Keith Allen
Queen Mary College, London (tel 020 7882 7542)
Prof Felicity Guild specialises in joint mechanics.
Strathclyde University, Chemistry Department (tel 0141 548 2795)
Prof Dick Pethrick uses dielectrics to examine adhesive joints and assess their durability to water.
University of Surrey in Guildford
Prof John Watts (tel 01483 879617) heads a surface analysis group which is equipped with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
Prof Andy Crocombe (tel 01483 689194) deals with stresses in joints.
Dr Joe Keddie of the Department of Physics (tel 01483 876803) has an interest in pressure sensitive adhesion.
University of Wales Bangor, Department of Agricultural and Forest Sciences (tel 01248 382281)
Dr Callum Hill is interested in bond to wood and in wood composites.
York University's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence
Aims to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies into new products and processes. For more information click here.
Oxford Brookes University holds a biennial conference on adhesives, and both Surrey and Loughborough offer short courses.