Dr Andy McLauchlin

Experimental Officer, Eco-Innovation
Experimental Officer, ERDF, Eco-Innovation

Andy is the experimental officer responsible for materials characterisation for the ERDF-funded Eco-Innovation Project, which is a collaboration between the universities of Chester and Lancaster.


  • B.Sc (Jt Hons) Biochemistry and Soil Science (Bangor University);
  • M.Phil Soil Science (Bangor University);
  • Ph.D Polymer Science (Loughborough University)
  • Professional Graduate Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)


Andy began his research career monitoring acid rain impact on the rain-swept grasslands and forests of Mid Wales, where he also became an authority on the waterproof qualities of various brands of outdoor gear.  He then joined the newly-formed BioComposites Centre at Bangor University and carried out cutting-edge research on renewable materials and resin adhesives. He gained a PhD in Polymer Nanocomposites at Loughborough University in 2009 and after a year researching flame retardant polyester composites for the marine sector he then took a postdoctoral fellowship at Exeter University where he developed in-line near-infrared spectroscopy for polymer processing operations in the plastics recycling sector.

Published work

1. McLauchlin, AR & Ghita, OR (2016) Studies on the Thermal and Mechanical Behaviour of PET-PLA Blends. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 133 (43) DOI 10.1002/app.44147

2. McLauchlin, AR; Ghita, O & A Gahkani (2014) Quantification of PLA contamination in PET during injection moulding by in-line NIR spectroscopy. Polymer Testing (38) 46-52.
3. McLauchlin, AR; Ghita, O & B Tubke (2013) Detection of Contaminants in Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) by Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Proceedings ICNIRS La Grande Motte France
4. McLauchlin, A. R., Ghita, O. R., & Savage, L. (2013). Studies on The Reprocessability of Poly (Ether Ether Ketone)(PEEK). Journal of Materials Processing Technology 214 (1), 75-80
5. Thomas, N.L.; Clarke, J.; McLauchlin, A.R.; Patrick, S. (2012). Oxo-degradable plastics: degradation, environmental impact and recycling. Proceedings of the ICE - Waste and Resource Management, 165(3), 133–140. doi:10.1680/warm.11.00014

6. McLauchlin, A.R.; Bao, X.; Zhao, F. (2011) Organoclay polybutylene terephthalate nanocomposites using dual surfactant modified montmorillonite prepared by the masterbatch method. Appl. Clay Sci. 53, 749-753
7. Zhao,F.; Bao,X; McLauchlin,A.R.; Gu,J; Wan,C; Kandasubramanian,B. (2010) Effect of POSS on morphology and mechanical properties of polyamide 12/montmorillonite nanocomposites Appl. Clay Sci. 47, 3-4, 249-256
8. McLauchlin, A. R. and Thomas, N L (2009) “Preparation and Thermal Characterisation of Poly(Lactic Acid) nanocomposites Prepared from Organoclays based on an Amphoteric Surfactant” Polymer Degradation and Stability 94 868-872.
9. McLauchlin, A. R. and Thomas, N L (2008) “Preparation and Characterisation of Organoclays based on an Amphoteric Surfactant” J. Colloid and Interface Science 321 39-43.
10. Hague, J., McLauchlin, A., & Quinney, R. (1998). Agri-materials for panel products: a technical assessment of their viability. In Washington State University International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium (Vol. 32).
11. “Non-wood fibres for the particleboard industry - a viable alternative?“ A.R. McLauchlin and J.R.B Hague.  Presented at the 2nd European Panel Products Symposium Llandudno UK 1997
Book Chapter
McLauchlin, A.R. and N.L Thomas  (2013) “Biodegradable Polymer Nanocomposites” in Advances in Polymer Nanocomposites: Types and Applications. ed. F. Gao. Woodhead Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84569-940-6
1. EP20030744894 Molluscicide Delivery System
2. EP19970943053 Isocyanate Derivatives and their Production
Reports (Peer Reviewed)
Thomas, N.L., McLauchlin, A.R., Clarke, J., Patrick, S. (2010) Assessing the Impacts of Oxo-degradable Plastics across their Life Cycle. Report EVO422 to Defra.
Reports (Not Peer Reviewed)
Fowler, P.A., McLauchlin, A.R., Hall, L.M. (2003) The Potential Industrial Uses of Forage Grasses Including Miscanthus.  Report to National Non-Food Crops Centre 3 June 2003.