Contact Dr Nathalie Mai

Areas of expertise

  • Test and Evaluation
  • Explosives and Munitions


Dr Nathalie Mai obtained a PhD with distinction in asymmetric synthesis from Montpellier University, France. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher for two years in pharmaceutical science at the University of Manchester. After a break, she joined Cranfield University where she focused her career on the chemistry of energetic materials with a particular interest in understanding the life limiting factors of explosives and propellants and all aspect of life assessment of energetic materials.

Research opportunities

Nitrocellulose characterisation

Conventional gun propellants

Next generation gun propellants

NC based rocket propellants

Composite rocket propellants

Polymer bonded explosives

Stability and compatibility of energetic materials

Ageing of energetic materials


Home made explosives

Current activities

Nitrocellulose and propellant life assessment

Energetic materials characterisation

HPLC, GPC, IC, GC-MS, HFC, FTIR, chemiluminescence

Stability and compatibility tests


  • Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Chemring Group PLC
  • Roxel (MBDA)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers