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Publication: Binding of bacteria to poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) modified with vancomycin: Comparison of behavior of linear and highly branched polymers

ACS Biomacromolecules has just announced the upcoming publication of our latest piece of research, a collaboration between Thomas Swift, Stephen Rimmer and Richard Hoskins from University of Bradford and Joey Shepherd, Pavintorn Teratanatorn, Ian Douglas and Sheila MacNeil from the University of Sheffield. This paper, available now from the Biomacromolecules website, shows our latest work in disclosing bacteria/polymer binding and further development towards a colorimetric sensor.

Continue reading Publication: Binding of bacteria to poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) modified with vancomycin: Comparison of behavior of linear and highly branched polymers

Event – Polymer Process Engineering 17

Doctor Thomas Swift, Maria Katsikogianni and Professor Rimmer are all presenting at the Polymer IRC this July.

Professor Rimmer will deliver a keynote speech on Highly branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) for tackling antimicrobial resistance whilst Doctors Swift and Katsikogianni will be giving short oral presentations on harnessing nano-patterning and incorporation of antimicrobials to manufacture orthopaedic trauma implants and Polymer Characterisation.

Find out more about this conference here.

Publication: The effect of hyperbranched poly(acrylic acid)s on the morphology and size of precipitated nanoscale (fluor)hydroxyapatite

We’ve just received news from our collaborator Sebastian Spain, from the University of Sheffield, that a paper written by group alumni Laura Shallcross, detailing work that started when she was with us, has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry B. The full text can be found at the RSC website.

Continue reading Publication: The effect of hyperbranched poly(acrylic acid)s on the morphology and size of precipitated nanoscale (fluor)hydroxyapatite

Publication: Förster Resonance Energy Transfer across interpolymer complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide)

We have just published brand new research into interpolymer complexation, work carried out by Thomas Swift, Stephen Rimmer, Maria Katsikogianni, Natalie Paul and Linds Swanson. This work can now be found online at Science Direct.

Interpolymer Complex Formation Image

Continue reading Publication: Förster Resonance Energy Transfer across interpolymer complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide)

Publication: Analysis Using Size Exclusion Chromatography of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) using Methanol as an Eluent

An advanced proof of our latest work has just gone live at Science Direct where it can be read in advance of final corrections. This work, carried out by Thomas Swift, Richard Hoskins, Richard Telford, David Pownell, Richard Plenderleith and Stephen Rimmer outlines a dual approach to preparing brand new chromatography techniques for characterising polymers.

Continue reading Publication: Analysis Using Size Exclusion Chromatography of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) using Methanol as an Eluent

American Chemical Society National Meeting 2017

The Polymer Biomaterials group will be well represented at the ACS conference this year with four separate people presenting their work to an international audience.

Doctor Thomas Swift is presenting two talks and one poster. The first talk is called ‘Preparing core-shell single molecules: Architecturally sound highly branched polymers with tuneable properties.’ This talk is given as part of a series on Next Generation Smart Materials (cosponsored by MPPG) and will be on Wednesday the 5th April, 2.55 pm in the Moscone Center room 120.

His poster is titled ‘Snatching bacteria out of biofilms using the power of polymer desolvation’ and will be presented along Richard Hoskins poster ‘Incorporation of nile red in hyperbranched poly n-isopropylacrylamide and its response to environmental change’ and for the first time Dr William Martin who will present ‘Hyperbranched polymers for the disruption of quorum sensing in pseudomonas aeruginosa’.

Dr Swift’s last talk is titled ‘Polymer complexation and the beautiful lie: Complex laddering of globular structures.’ and will be given at 3.45 PM on Thursday afternoon in the Esplanade Ballroom 303 as part of the New Concepts in Polymeric Materials line. Doctor Swift is travelling to this conference curtsey of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Finally Professor Stephen Rimmer will be presenting Tuesday Morning in the Moscone Center Room 120 , a talk entitled ‘Particles formed from poly(butyl methacrylate)-co-poly(acrylic acid)’, for the General Topics in ‘New Synthesis & Characterization of Polymers’.

Best wishes to anyone else attending the conference and we look forward to seeing you there.

MACRO 2017

Professor Stephen Rimmer and colleague Maria Katsikogianni are both attending the Indian MACRO conference, full details of which can be found here.

Professor Rimmer is delivering a plenary talk entitled ‘HYDROGEL POLYMER PARTICLES: SYNTHESIS AND BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES’, and Dr Katsikogianni presenting a poster on the ‘Manufacture of small prosthetic joint surfaces that resist microbial colonisation’.

 

Group Win Longitude Prize Discovery Award

longitude-prize_one-line-logo We are delighted to have been invited to receive a Longitude Prize Discovery Award yesterday that was received by Professor Stephen Rimmer at the Royal Society headquarters in London. This prestigious prize celebrates our recent research into bacterial diagnostics, carried  out in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and LV Prasad, and will enable us to  continue developing a device that we can use to save lives.

Prof Rimmer Listens on as Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, explains the importance of the Longitude Prize

More news about the Longitude Prize, and other winning entries, can be found at http://www.nesta.org.uk and https://longitudeprize.org.