Contact Dr Lisa Humphreys

Areas of expertise

  • Counter-IED
  • Defence Sensors
  • Explosives and Munitions
  • Structures and Materials


Dr Humphreys graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a MSci in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry (2006 - 2011). Following on from this she obtained her PhD entitled 'Mixing and Characterisation of Multi-Component Materials for Pyrotechnic Applications' (2011 - 2015) from the University of Southampton. Lisa joined Cranfield University in 2015 and now works as part of the formulations team to develop and characterise novel energetic material formulations. 

Current activities

Dr Humphreys is responsible for the development and delivery of research and education in energetic materials. She supports several formulation research contracts and investigates advanced novel mixing techniques and pressing geometries to support numerous research contracts. Lisa is also developing new metal organic frameworks (MOFs) for both detection purposes and for the generation of novel energetic materials.

Her main topics of interest include:

Explosives, Pyrotechnics, Formulation Chemistry, Detection, X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Tomography, Teaching, Public Engagement and Outreach

Dr Humphreys supervises MSc projects and supports PhD students with their research. She is also a visiting academic within the Chemistry department at the University of Southampton. 


Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)


British Council

African Explosives Limited (AEL)

Weapons Science & Technology Centre (WSTC)


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