Department of Materials


Emeritus Professor Mo Song BSc, MSc, PhD

Photo of Emeritus Professor Mo Song

Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science and Nanotechnology

Director of Research Degree Programmes


Mo attained his BSc and MSc in China. He attained his PhD at Lancaster University from the School of Physics and Chemistry. He worked at Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences as an Assistant Professor and then at Case Western Reserve University in the USA as a Research Assistant. Mo joined Loughborough University as a Research Associate/Research Fellow, and then progressed to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor.


  • BSc, MSc (China)
  • PhD (Lancaster)
  • MCCS


Outline of main research interests:

  • Polymer/nanoclay/carbon nanotube/graphene nanocomposites
  • Conductive polymer materials for thermal management and electronics
  • Functionalized mesoporous materials
  • Physics and chemistry of carbon nanotube and graphene
  • Chitosan-based biopolymers
  • Polyurethane and graphene coatings for anti-corrosion and erosion
  • High temperature polymers and their nanocomposites
  • Polyolefin nanocomposites for packaging
  • High impact performance polymers for light weight armour

Grants and contracts:

  • EPSRC: Novel intercalated polyurethane-organically modified layered silicate nanocomposites, 10. 2003 - 9. 2006,
  • EPSRC: Development of collaborations on functional polymer materials with Chinese universities, 7.2005 - 6.2006,
  • EPSRC: Polymer nanocomposites for light armour applications, 10.2009 – 10.2013, £855k
  • EPSRC/Dstl: Understanding the effect of ultra-low nanofiller loadings on optically transparent polymeric materials, 7.202013-12.2016,
  • Dstl: Effect of nanoparticulate incorporation on processability, chemistry and thermal properties of high-temperature resin systems, 10.2010 – 9.2013,
  • Dstl: Phenolic resin/CNTs nanocomposites, 1.2008 – 12.2009,
  • Dstl: Cyanate resin/POSS nanocomposites, 6.2009 – 5.2010,
  • DTI: nano-graphite/polymer conductive composites, 10.2006 – 3.2009,
  • KTP: To develop new polymer compounds for the power distribution industry utilising nanotechnology and surface chemistry in the development of new heat shrinkable cable products, 4.2013 – 6.2015,
  • TSB: Nanographite, 4.2010 – 9.2012,
  • Innovation Fellowship, Preparation and characterisation of graphene, 2006,
  • Innovation Fellowship, PA12 nanocomposites for rapid prototyping, 2005,
  • TATA Steel: Graphene and PU/graphene composite coating for energy storage applications, 7.2013 – 12.201
  • IOSH: Assessment of the risk of nanostructured materials applied to civil engineering, 2.2014 – 1. 2017,
  • SABIC: High performance polymer nanocomposites, 4.1015 – 3. 2019,
  • SABIC: Functional materials for thermal management 2007,



Current teaching responsibilities:

  • MPB023 Experimentation
  • MPB201 Processing and Structure of Polymers
  • MPP503/603 Polymerisation and Polymer Blends
  • MPP502 Polymer Science
  • MPP501Polymer Properties
  • MPP507 Polymer Characterisation

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Director of Research Degree Programmes


Recent publications: 

  • Yao Tong, Yue Lin, Shanda Wang, Mo Song, A study of crystallisation of poly (ethylene oxide) and polypropylene on graphene surface, Polymer 2015, 73, 52-61
  • YQ Gill, J Jin, M Song, Melt flow behaviour of high density polyethylene nanocomposites with 1D, 2D and 3D nanofillers, Nanocomposites 2015, 1, 160-169
  • Dongyu Cai, Mo Song, High mechanical performance polyurea/organoclay nanocomposites, Composites Science and Technology 2014, 103, 44-48
  • Y Lin, J Jin, O Kusmartseva, M Song, Preparation of Pristine Graphene Sheets by Non-Covalent Functionalization and Large-Area/Ultra-Thin Graphene Films for High Conducting and Transparent Applications, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 17237–17244
  • J. Jin, R. Rafiq, Y.Q. Gill, M. Song, Preparation and characterization of high performance graphene/nylon nanocomposites, European Polymer Journal, Volume 2013, 49, 2617–2626

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External Collaborators: 

Partners in R&D include:

  • Tongji University
  • Sichuan University
  • Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry
  • Chinese University of Science and Technology
  • Mahatma Gandhi University, India
  • Nottingham University
  • Cambridge University
  • Bristol University
  • Rapid Power Ltd

External roles and appointments:

  • Visiting Professor, Sichuan University, China
  • Guest Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Nanomaterials and Energy
  • Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Simulation- Systems, Science and Technology
  • Member of the advisory committee of International Conference on Modelling & Simulation
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Nanomaterials
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Cellulose Science and Technology
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Materials Science & Nanotechnology
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Austin Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology
  • Editor in Editorial Bord of Nanoscience, Nanomedicine & Nanobiology

Additional information:

A spin-out company, Polyfect Solutions Limited, was created in July 2008 based on Mo’s nanotechnology research.