Professor Paul Buckley

Professor Emeritus of Engineering Science

Professor Paul Buckley
Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford,
Parks Road,


  • DPhil, University of Oxford (1972)
  • BA/MA, University of Oxford (1968)

Research interests

  • Mechanical performance of polymers

Other appointments

  • Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College

Past Positions

  • NATO Research Fellow, Centre de Recherche sur les Macromolécules, Strasbourg (1972-1973)
  • ICI Research Fellow, University of Oxford (1973-1975)
  • Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1975-1990)
  • University Lecturer, then Reader, then Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (1990-2012)
  • Tutorial Fellow of Balliol College (1990-2012)

Selected Publications

  • D.S.A. De Focatiis and C.P.Buckley “A toolbox for parameter-free predictions of solid-state properties of monodisperse glassy polymers with frozen-in molecular orientation”, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 50, 1748-1756, 2012 [doi link]
  • M.I.Okereke, C.P.Buckley and C.R.Siviour “Compression of polypropylene across a wide range of strain rates”, Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials 16, 361-379, 2012 [doi link]
  • D.S.A. De Focatiis and C.P.Buckley “Craze initiation in glassy polymers: quantifying the influence of molecular orientation” Polymer 52, 4045-4053, 2011 [doi link]
  • C.P.Buckley and C.Y.Lew “Biaxial hot-drawing of poly(ethylene terephthalate): an experimental study spanning the processing range”, Polymer 52, 1803-1810, 2011 [doi link]
  • D.S.A. De Focatiis and C.P.Buckley “Prediction of frozen-in birefringence in oriented glassy polymers using a molecularly aware constitutive model allowing for finite molecular extensibility”, Macromolecules 44, 3085-3095, 2011 [doi link]

Institutional activities

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers
  • Member of the Institute of Physics