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Professor Terence Cosgrove

Professor Terence Cosgrove

Professor Terence Cosgrove
M.Sc., Ph.D.(Manc.), D.Sc.(Bristol)

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Office S103
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7663


Professor Terence Cosgrove's work focuses on the application of polymers surfactants and colloids in a wide variety of systems of practical interest.

The main techniques used to probe these systems include NMR, scattering and simulation methods to probe details on the molecular level and rheology and general surface techniques to explore bulk proprieties.

Current projects include:

  • The study of the viscoelastic properties of worm like micelles in interaction with nanoparticles- relevant to oil exploration and personal care products.
  • The structure and forces in concentrated nanoparticles dispersions to understand the fundamentals of colloid stability.
  • Restricted diffusion and release in emulsions and encapsulated drug formulations.
  • Biopolymers, block copolymers and the formation of inclusion complexes with cyclodextrins to make systems with programmable release and gelation properties.
  • Making nanocomposites with liquid polymers to build structures with unique surface and rheological properties.
  • Molecular modelling of the wetting of interfaces and polymers adsorption with Neil Allan.
  • The development of non-stick and easy clean-up chewing gum.
  • New materials to act as skin coverings
  • The use of AFM and NMR to sequence block copolymer structure with Andy Round and Tony Davis.
  • Forming monodisperse emulsion by microfluidic flow.
  • Colloidal stabilisation in organic media with Jeroen van Duijneveldt.
  • Properties of random copolymer solutions.
  • Aerosol delivery of pharmaceuticals.
  • Suspoemulsions for drug delivery.
  • Interactions in complex solutions of polymers particles slat and surfactants.


  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • neutron scattering
  • polymers
  • colloids
  • molecular modelling



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