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Prof Stephen Eichhorn

Professor of Materials Science Head of Engineering


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Professor Steve Eichhorn is Chair in Materials Science within the College of Engineering, Maths & Physical Sciences. Prior to this he was at the University of Manchester for 16 years, both as a PhD student and a member of academic staff in the School of Materials. He originally trained as a physicist, at Leeds, but works closely with engineers, biologists, physicists and chemists. His research focuses on the mechanical properties and interfaces in natural and sustainable materials, particularly cellulose fibres and composites. He is particularly interested in applying principles from biological structures in engineering applications - or biomimetics - for a variety of applications including composites, smart packaging, energy storage and biofunctional materials.

He has expertise in the use of Raman spectroscopy for the characterisation of polysaccharides, nanocellulose and the electrospinning of of polymer based fibres.

He is both a Fellow of the Institute of Materials and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a member of the Institute of Physics.

Professor Eichhorn is an editor for Journal of Materials Science and is on the editorial advisory board for Biomacromolecules, Cellulose, E-Polymers, Journal of Biobased Polymers and BioEnergy, Nanocomposites, Advanced Manufacturing - Polymer & Composites Science, and Journal of Bionics Engineering.

Professor Eichhorn is currentlly a Management Committee member for EU-COST actions on "Innovative Applications of Wood Cellulose Fibres" and "Electrospun Nano-fibres for bio inspired composite materials and innovative industrial applications" (

Professor Eichhorn was awarded the 2012 Rosenhain Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for his contributions to Materials Science.

He was made ACS Division Fellow in 2015 (Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division; >2400 members) and is currently the Chair-Elect of the Division

Currently Professor Eichhorn is co-Director of the EPSRC funded Industrial Doctoral Training Centre in "Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing" lead by Warwick and also with Cranfield.

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Current Research Grants

EPSRC "New Enzymatically Produced Interpenetrating Starch-Cellulose Gels" £797k (with Bath, JIC, UEA - total grant £2.8m)

FP7 "New cost-effective and sustainable polyethylene based carbon fibres for volume market applications” (NEWSPEC) - €10,045M (large scale integrating grant). Exeter share €740k.

EPSRC "Manufacturing of High Performance Cellulose Fibres to Replace Glass fibres & Carbon Fibre Precursors" (CI, £2M)

UKIERI "Polymer and carbon based three dimensional micropatterned nanofabric" UK-India exchange programme.

BBSRC IBCarb "Glycoscience Tools for Biotechnology and Bioenergy" Network (Management Committee Member)

The Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award  "Program on the Development of Chemicals and Useful Products for Tanzanian Industries" (PI; Paul O'Brien, Manchester)