Department of Materials


Dr Jane Clarke BSc, PhD, C.Chem, MRSC

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Lecturer Polymer Science and Technology

Postgraduate (Taught) Admissions Tutor

Postgraduate(MSc) Projects Coordinator


Jane attained a BSc in Joint Chemistry and Geology at Bristol University and went on to study for a PhD in Physical Chemistry at University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She came to the Department of Materials at Loughborough University as a research assistant in 1988 becomming a research fellow in 1991 and lecturer in 2016.


  • BSc, Bristol 1983,
  • PhD, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1987
  • C.Chem, MRSC

Outline of main research interests:

  • Relationships between mixing, processing, microstructure and properties of rubber compounds and thermoplastic elastomers
  • Rubber recycling, particularly crumb in thermoplastic elastomers and with novel binding systems and blending techniques
  • Polymer rheology in relation to processing, particularly viscoelastic effects
  • Simulation of polymer flow in processing
  • 3D printing of elastomeric materials
  • Renewable fillers for rubber compounds, such as starch
  • Renewable materials such as rubber toughened bioplastics

Grants and contracts:

  • 3-D Jetting for Enhanced Functionality of Thermoset Elastomeric Composites, DSTL, 2012-2016
  • Component development for improved MEA and stack stability (for PEM Hydrogen Fuel Cells), DTI, 2009-2012
  • Rapemeal valorisation: improving the economics of biodiesel manufacture, DTI, 2006-2009


Current teaching responsibilities:

  • DSA004 – Technology in Industrial Design
  • DSB015 – Design and Manufacturing Technologies
  • MPA202 – Experimentation and Practical Skills
  • MPB202 – Polymer Processing and Application (DT)
  • MPC012 – Polymer Engineering - Processing and Manufacture
  • MPC013 – Polymers and Applications
  • MMB700 – Sports Technology and Materials
  • MPP508/608 – Rubber Compounding and Processing
  • MPP502/602 – Polymer Science
  • MPP010 – MSc Project

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Postgraduate (taught) Admissions tutor
  • Postgraduate(MSc) Projects Coordinator


Recent publications: 

8 Journal and refereed conference papers have been published in the last 5 years:


  • Mascia, L, Su, R, Clarke, J, Lou, Y, Mele, E (2017) Fibres from blends of epoxidized natural rubber and polylactic acid by the electrospinning process: Compatibilization and surface textureEuropean Polymer Journal, 87, pp.241-254, ISSN: 0014-3057. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.12.033.
  • Lukic, M, Clarke, J, Tuck, C, Whittow, W, Wells, G (2016) Printability of elastomer latex for additive manufacturing or 3D printingJournal of Applied Polymer Science, 133(4), ISSN: 0021-8995. DOI: 10.1002/app.42931.
  • Pehlivan-Davis, S, Clarke, J, Armour, S (2013) Comparison of accelerated aging of silicone rubber gasket material with aging in a fuel cell environment, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 129(3), pp.1446-1454, ISSN: 0021-8995. DOI: 10.1002/app.38837.
  • Kamal, MM and Clarke, J (2013) Effect of starch loading on the properties of natural rubber compounds, Journal of Rubber Research, 16(1), pp.45-60, ISSN: 1511-1768.
  • Thomas, NL, Clarke, J, McLauchlin, AR, Patrick, SG (2012) Oxo-degradable plastics: Degradation, environmental impact and recycling, Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management, 165(3), pp.133-140, ISSN: 1747-6526. DOI: 10.1680/warm.11.00014.
  • Mazlina, MK, Ibrahim, I, Clarke, J (2010) Increasing the Interaction between Starch and the Rubber Matrix by Coupling Agent Addition, J. Rubb. Res, 13(3), pp.139-161.

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External roles and appointments:

  • Editorial board membership of the Journal of Rubber Research