William Sampson

William Sampson, CSci, CEng, FIMMM


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BSc (Hons), Paper Science (UMIST), 1989.

PhD, Paper Science (UMIST), 1992. 

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Bill Sampson graduated from UMIST in 1989 with a BSc in Paper Science.  In 1992, he graduated from the same department with a PhD and joined the staff as a Lecturer, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2004 and Professor in 2013. Bill's primary research activity concerns the structure and properties of heterogeneous materials, with particular focus on fibrous materials.  His work involves the application of statistical geometry and probabilistic modelling to elucidate the influence of the morphology of the constituents of a given material on the structures arising when they are assembled stochastically. 
The materials studied in Bill’s group range from paper and paperboard to composites, electrospun polymer fibre scaffolds for tissue engineering and gas diffusion layers for fuel cells. The techniques are currently being extended to the study of field-induced assembly in magneto-rheological fluids.

Research interests

  • Dimensional change in cellulosic materials
  • Inter-fibre bonding and the mechanical strength of paper.
  • Statistical geometry of nanofibrous assemblies
  • Structural modelling of clustered heterogeneous stochastic fibrous networks
  • Field-induced assembly in magneto-rheological fluids
  • Information geometry for classification of stochastic textures

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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