Nanomaterials by Design

John Alexander Ballentine

Graduate reading for DPhil Materials
St Cross College
University of Oxford

Short Biography

Schooled in mostly in Manchester, I attended Imperial College London as an undergraduate reading for an integrated MSci in Chemistry. While there, I spent a year in the NanoHAC research group led by Prof. Milo Shaffer, completing a masters project entitled ‘An Investigation into the Carbon Nanotubide Initiated Grafting of Vinyl Monomers’. Following this, I have maintained my interest in nano-science and am working towards a DPhil in the area within the NbD group.

Research Summary

All research work is prone ‘academic drift’ as we follow new interesting leads as the research develops. However, I am currently working towards understanding the chemical modification of Boron Nitride nanomaterials for their use as fillers within composites with thermal and mechanical applications.


Nanomaterials by Design is based at the Department of Materials at the Begbroke Science Park.

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