Professor James Hay

Professor James Hay

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor in Polymer Chemistry

Contact details

(+44) (0) 121 414 4544
(+44) (0) 121 414 7468
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School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professional Development

  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Chartered Chemist (C.Chem)
  • Past Editor, Thermochimica Acta
  • Member, Editorial Board of Polymer
  • Member, Thermal Methods Group, RSC
  • Member, Macro Group UK; Polymer Physics Group
  • Member, The Society of Plastic Engineers


  • BSc (Chemistry), Glasgow, 1957
  • PhD (Chemistry), Glasgow, 1960
  • DSc, Birmingham, 1972


Research Interests

  • Effects of structure on the mechanical and physical properties of polymers, copolymers, polymer blends and composites
    PEM Fuel Cells
  • Effect of physical ageing in glassy thermoplastics and morphology in partially crystalline polymers on fracture mechanisms and material properties
  • Polymer bonded magnets and liquid crystalline polymers for gas sensors
  • Characterisation of polyolefin copolymers
  • Thermal analysis of polymers and the development of thermal analytical techniques

Sponsored Research

  • EPSRC - Polymer Liquid Crystal Sensors for Analyte Detection
  • EPSRC -High Temperature Self-referencing DSC
  • BS Films Ltd., Wigton -Cellulose Films


Selected Recent Publications

Isothermal crystallization and spherulite nucleation in blends of polypropylene with Metallocene- prepared polyethylene, M Razavi-Nouri and J N Hay, Polymer International, 2006, 55, 6.

Phase separation in polypropylene and polyethylene blends, Mohammad Razavi-Nouri and James N Hay, Polymer Eng and Sci., 2006, 46, 889.

Evaluation of Crystallization Kinetics and Melting of Polypropylene and Metallocene-Prepared Polyethylene Blends, Mohammad Razavi-Nouri and James N Hay, J. Applied Polymer Sci., 2007, 104, 634.

Isothermal crystallization kinetics and melting behaviour of metallocene-catalysed polyethylenes, Mohammad Razavi-Nouri and James N Hay Iran Polymer Journal, 2007, 16, 105-12.

The effect of proton irradiation on the melting and isothermal crystallization of poly (ether ether ketone), A G Al Lafi, J N Hay and D J Parker, J. Polymer Sci., Part B, Polymer Physics. 2008, 46, 1094.

The effect of ion irradiation on the thermal properties of poly ( ether ether ketone ). A G Al Lafi, J N Hay and D J Parker, J. Polymer Sci., Part B, Polymer Physics , 2008,46, 2212.

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