Dr Simon Dennington is a materials chemist with a special interest in polymers and extensive experience of polymer research in industry and academia. We call on Simon’s expertise for client projects that involve physical and chemical analysis techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and molecular weight distribution of polymers.
After completing a chemistry degree, Simon spent more than 30 years in industrial polymer research, including work on synthetic fibres, marine antifouling paints, building materials and the development of new polymer products. During this time he gained a PhD for research into the effects of polymer colloid additives on the hydration reactions of Portland cement. He also qualified as a ‘Black Belt’ in Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) while working in Sweden.
In 2008 he joined the University of Southampton’s national Centre for Advanced Tribology (nCATS), where he continues to apply his specialist knowledge to a range of polymer research projects.
Simon has a particular interest in reducing the environmental impact of plastic materials; much of his industry work has involved removing solvents and other harmful substances from polymer formulations.
Polymers are ubiquitous – they’re in everything from mobile phones to food packaging to clothing – but they’re also very complex. Often companies come to nC² because they want to resolve a defect or material problem; we have the specialist knowledge to find the root cause.