Robert H. Olley: Personal Profile email:    R.H.Olley {AT} After leaving university, I worked from 1968 – 1972 at the Paint Research Association in Teddington, where I learned a lot of paint chemistry and analytical techniques. From 1972 – 2010 I worked in the Polymer Physics Group of the Physics Department at the University of Reading.  I described myself as a Polymer Morphologist, a "Real Space Man", not an astronaut, but in the sense of looking down microscopes to see the actual shape of things, rather than following the manner of most physicists and throwing particles or rays at them and deducing their structure from the resulting scattering pattern. I mainly studied the "common" plastics Polyethylene and Polypropylene, but to a lesser extent many other polymers as well.   My techniques of work included Optical Microscopy, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, and Thermal Analysis (Differential Scanning Calorimetry). In order to get these materials under the microscope, generally we etched them with a permanganic reagent developed at Reading*. I am now retired. *(R.H.Olley, Science Progress, (1986) 70, 17-43). *(Shahin,M.M., Olley,R.H., Blissett,M.J.  J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Part B: Polym. Phys. (1999) 37, 2279-2286) November 2012 Last updated August 2013 Made with Xara Web Sedigner