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Robert Bradley

Prof Robert Bradley
Academic Visitor

Department of Materials
University of Oxford
16 Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PH

Tel: +44 785 8888 349 (mobile)
Tel: +44 1865 273742 (Room 276.50.14)
Tel: +44 1865 273777 (reception)
Fax: +44 1865 273789 (general fax)

Summary of Interests

My interests are in carbon materials, adsorption and porosity, composites and surface science.

Current work focuses on:

  • Modification by molecular physisorption of electron transport in graphene and other carbon systems for novel sensors.
  • Use of photoelectron spectroscopy to study structure and property of 3D graphene domains in carbon materials.
  • Effects of surface nanostructure and chemical heterogeneity in carbon/graphene systems on resulting surface forces and molecular potentials.
  • Adsorption and porosity in carbons.
  • Biomaterials and biophysics including: the adsorption of water and proteins at biosurfaces; cell attachment and proliferation.
  • Development of biomedical implants and prosthetics.
  • The use of surface science, thermodynamics and surface engineering to understand and control surface reactivity and interface formation.
  • Use of surface science to solve industrial adhesion problems.
  • Application of porous solids in separation and filtration.


Recent activities and awards:

  • International Steering Committee for Carbon 2017, Melbourne.
  • Chair: Society of Chemical Industry Materials Division (2015 -).
  • Society of Chemical Industry Distinguished Service Award (2012)
  • Society of Chemical Industry Award for Services to Council (2006)
  • SCI/RSC/IoP Beilby Medal Award panel
  • Chair Society of Chemical Industry Scotland Division (2005-2007)
  • RSC/IoP/SCI British Carbon Group Committee (1994 to 97)(06/01-04/08)
  • Member Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Council (2008 to 2011)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Chemistry Forum (2006-08)
  • Local Chairman and Host - Carbon 2006 World Carbon Conferences, Aberdeen, July 2006
  • International Advisory Committee, Carbons for Energy Storage & Environment Protection - Cracow, Sept. 2007
  • International Advisory Committee, Carbon 2007, Seattle, Washington

Research Publications

Carbon & Graphene Systems:


Structure, Chemistry and Energy of Carbon Surfaces, R. H. Bradley and P. Pendleton, Adsorption Science & Technology, 31, 113-133, 2013.

Surface Studies of Hydroxylated Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes, R. H. Bradley, K. Cassity, R. Andrews, M. Meier, S. Osbeck, A. Andreu, C. Johnston and A. Crossley, Appl. Surf. Sci., 258, 4835-4843, 2012.

Effect of a UV-Ozone Treatment on the Surface Texture and Functional Groups on PAN Carbon Fibres, S. Osbeck, R.H. Bradley, C. Liu H. Idriss, S. Ward, Carbon, 49, 4322-4330, 2011. 

Recent Developments in the Physical Adsorption of Toxic Vapours by Microporous Carbons R. H. Bradley, Invited Review Article, Adsorption Science & Technology 29, 1, 2011.

Dependence of Water Vapour Adsorption on the Polarity of Graphene Surfaces of MWCNTs R. H. Bradley, K.Cassity, R. Andrews, M.Meier, S. Osbeck, A. Andreu, C. Johnston and A.Crossley, Adsorption Science and Technology 28, 10, 69, 2011.

Effects of Active Carbon Pore Size Distribution on Adsorption of Toxic Organic Vapours P. Branton and R. H. Bradley, Adsorption 17, 2, 2011.

Surface Studies of Hydrophobic active Carbons Produced Using Plasma Enhance CVD R. H. Bradley, M. Smitrh, A. Andreu and M Falco, Appl. Surf. Sci., 257, 2912, 2011.

Specific and Non-Specific Interactions on Non-Porous Carbon Black Surfaces A. Andreu, H. F. Stoeckli* and R H Bradley. Carbon, 45, 1854-1864, 2007.

Protein Adsorption by Basal Plane Graphite Surfaces Part 1. Molecular Images and Nanostructured Films A Orasanu and R H Bradley, invited paper, Adsorption Science & Technology,24, 2, 117-130, 2006.

Polar and Dispersion Interactions at Carbon Surfaces - Further Development of the XPS Based Model R.H. Bradley, R. Daley and F. Le Goff, Carbon, 3, 1173-1179, 2002.

Biomaterials & Biosurfaces:

Attachment of Human Primary Osteoblast Cells to Modified Polyethylene Surfaces A Poulsson, M.R. Davidson, N. Emmison, A J Johnstone, S.A. Mitchell and R H Bradley, Langmuir, 25,6 3718-3727, 2009.

Hydration-Dehydratioin of Adsorbed Protein Films Studied by AFM and QCM G V Lubarsky, M R Davidson and R H Bradley, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 22, 1275-1281, 2007.

Glow Discharge Modification of Tissue Culture Polystyrene: The role of surface chemistry on cell attachment and proliferation S. A. Mitchell, M. R. Davidson and R H Bradley, Surface Engineering, 105, 5, 1-8, 2006.

Orientation and Confinement of Cells on Chemically Patterned Polystyrene Surfaces S A Mitchell, A. H. C. Poulsson, M R Davidson and R H Bradley, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 46, 108-116, 2005.

The Influence of Electrostatic Forces on Protein Adsorption Gennady V. Lubarsky, Marcella M. Browne, Marcus R. Davidson and Robert H. Bradley, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 44, 56-63, 2005.

Cellular Attachment and Spatial Control Using UltraViolet/Ozone Micro-Patterned Polymer Films S.A. Mitchell, A.H.C. Poulsson, M.R. Davidson, N. Emmison, A.G. Shard and R.H. Bradley, Biomaterials, 25, 18, 4079-4086, 2004.

The Effects of Serum Proteins on Cellular Attachment at Polymer Surfaces D.O.H. Teare, N. Emisson, C. Ton-That and R.H. Bradley. J. Colloid and Interface Sci., 233, 2001.

Surface Science:

Particle Surface Capillary Force with Disjoining Pressure G V Lubarsky, M R Davidson and R H Bradley. J. Phys. Chem., Chem. Phys. 8, 2525-2530, 2006.

Van der Waals Interaction in Systems Involving Oxidised Polystyrene Surfaces G. V. Lubarsky, S. A. Mitchell, M. R. Davidson and R. H. Bradley, Colloids and Surfaces A. Physicochemical and Eng. Aspects, 279, 188-195, 2006.

Surface Studies of Low Molecular Weight Photolysis Products from UV-Ozone Treated Polymer Surfaces M. R. Davidson, S. A. Mitchell and R. H. Bradley, Surface Science, 581, 2-3, 169-177, 2005.

Elastic Modulus, Oxidation Depth and Interface Energy of Surface Modified Polystyrene Studied by AFM and XPS G V Lubarsky, M R Davidson and R H Bradley, Surface Science, 558, 135-144, 2004.

Protein Adsorption onto Polystyrene Surfaces Studied by XPS and AFM M.M. Browne, G. V. Lubarsky, M. R. Davidson and R.H. Bradley, Surface Science 553, 155-167, 2004.

Surface Feature Size of Spin-Cast PS/PMMA Blend Films C. Ton-That, A. Shard and R.H. Bradley, Polymer, 43, 4973-4977, 2002.

XPS and AFM Surface Characterisation of Solvent-Cast PS/PMMA Blends C. Ton-That, A.G. Shard, D.O.H. Teare and R.H. Bradley. Polymer, 42, 1121-1129, 2001.

Cellular attachment to Ultraviolet-ozone Modified Polystyrene Surfaces D.O.H.Teare, N. Emisson, C. Ton-That and R.H. Bradley. Langmuir, 16, 2818-2284, 2000.

Thickness of Spin-Cast Polymer Thin Films Determined by Angle-Resolved XPS and AFM Tip-Scratch Methods C. Ton-That, A. Shard and R.H. Bradley. Langmuir, 16, 2281-2284, 2000.

Frictional Force Microscopy of Oxidised Polystyrene Surfaces Measured Using Chemically Modified Probe Tips C. Ton-That, P.A. Campbell and R.H. Bradley, Langmuir, 16, 11, 5054-5058, 2000.

Chemical Force Microscopy of PS and PMMA Films and Blends C. Ton-That, D.O.H. Teare and R.H. Bradley, Chem. Mater., 12, 8, 2106-2111, 2000.

Effects of Annealing on the Surface Composition and Morphology of PS/PMMA Blends C. Ton-That, A. Shard, R. Daley and R.H. Bradley Macromolecules, 33, 22, 8453-8459, 2000.

Plenary & Keynote Lectures:

'Surfaces Forces & Molecular Potentials - What Makes Things stick?' Irish Adhesion & Surface Coating Conference, University of Limerick May 2012,

'Interactions of Polar Molecules with Carbon surfaces' World Carbon Conference - Carbon 2009, Biarritz, Fr. June 2009,.

'Carbons for Physical & Biological Protection' Home Office/RSC/DSTL; , Salisbury, October 2007,.

'Correlation of Water Adsorption Isotherms with Oxygen Groups on carbon Surfaces' World Carbon Conference - Carbon 2007, Seattle, USA,

'Active Carbon Adsorbents for CFCs' CESEP'05 Carbons for Energy Storage & Environmental Protection, Orleans, France, October 2005.