Dr Mike Jenkins PhD, BSc, MInstP

Dr Mike Jenkins

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

(+44) (0) 121 414 2841
(+44) (0) 121 414 7468
School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Mike Jenkins has over 40 publications in the field of polymer science and has edited two books on the use of polymers in sport and biomaterials. Mike has supervised over 30 post-graduate students and been involved in the organisation of several international conferences.

Mike is also an active lecturer and has been awarded a post-graduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education. 


PhD in Metallurgy and Materials, 1997
BSc in Chemistry, Birmingham, 1992



  • LC Polymers, Composites and Ceramics
  • LI Polymer Science and Materials Case Study
  • LH Advanced Materials in Sports
  • LM Polymer Sceicne MRES module

PhD opportunities


  • The effect of chemical structure on the physical properties of polymers and polymer blends
  • The study of crystallisation and melting in biopolymers
  • Dynamic mechanical and thermal analysis of polymers
  • Glass formation and enthalpic relaxation in polymeric materials

Other activities

  • Chartered Physicist
  • Member, Institute of Physics
  • Member, Polymer Physics Group (Committee Member)
  • Member, Editorial Board of Sports Engineering


Jenkins MJ, Cao Y, Howell L and Leeke GA, Miscibility in blends of PHB-co-V and PCL induced by melt blending in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide, Polymer, 48, 6304-6310 (2007)

Harrison KL and Jenkins MJ, The effect of molecular weight of the crystallisation kinetics of PCL, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 17, 1-5 (2006)

Gordon D, Ellis AR, Schweins R and Jenkins MJ, Time-resolved SANS studies of the hot crystallisation of poly(ethylene terephalate), Physica B, 385-386, p511-513 (2006)

Ellis AR, Gordon D, King S and Jenkins MJ, Physical ageing studies of poly(ethylene terephalate) using SANS and DSC, Physica B, 385-386, p514-516 (2006)

Leeke GA, Cai J and Jenkins MJ, Solubility of supercritical carbon dioxide in polycaprolactone (CAPA 6800) at 313 and 333K, Journal of Chemical Engineering Data, 51, 1877-1879 (2006)

Jenkins MJ, Harrison KL, Silva MMCG, Whitaker MJ, Shakesheff KM and Howdle SM, Characterisation of microcellular foams produced from semi-crystalline PCL using supercritical carbon dioxide, European Polymer Journal, 42, 3145-3151 (2006)

Jenkins MJ, Hine PJ, Hay JN and Ward IM, Mechanical and acoustic frequency responses in flat hot compacted polyethylene and polypropylene panels, J. Appl. Poly. Sci., 99, 2789-2796 (2006)

Jenkins MJ, Cao Y and Kukureka SN, The effect of molecular weight on the crystallisation kinetics and equilibrium melting temperature of poly(tetramethylene ether glycol), Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 17, 1-5 (2006