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Dr Sarah Canning

Poly(Methacrylate-co-Acrylic Acid) Copolymers of Varying Architectures for Improved Adhesion to Polyolefin Substrates

CASE Award PhD project supervised by Prof. S. Rimmer (Dept. of Chemistry) and Prof. M. Geoghegan (Dept. of Physics), sponsored by Domino UK Ltd and funded by the EPSRC. [2011-2015] 

Sarah received an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2011. The third year of the course was spent studying at the University at Buffalo, SUNY in the USA. She completed a Masters research project working for Prof. Rimmer, which was entitled ‘Synthesis and Characterisation of Hyperbranched Poly(Butyl Methacrylate)s’, and decided to remain in his group for her PhD. Her current research interests are the use of RAFT polymerisation to synthesise copolymers in various architectures including graft, hyperbranched and block structures, in addition to the behaviour of copolymers at surfaces, particularly in terms of adhesion. She is involved in the use of many techniques for materials characterisation, predominantly Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Atomic Force Spectroscopy, and additionally the use of Gel Permeation Elution Chromatography to separate copolymer/homopolymer mixtures.

Publications: First paper on the synthesis of poly(methacrylate-g-acrylic acid) graft copolymers will be submitted very soon.

Selected Public Appearances:

  • June 2013, MACRO Young Researchers Meeting, University of Nottingham – Poster
  • July 2013, 11th International Materials Chemistry Conference, University of Warwick – Poster
  • July 2014, UK Colloids, London – Oral Presentation & Poster